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Japan Fintech Seminar

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Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

181 Wellington St W

Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G7


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Tokyo is one of the major banking and financial centres in the world. The Tokyo Stock Exchange is the third largest in the world, and largest in Asia, by market capitalization at US$5.1 trillion. Three Japanese banks rank in the top 25 of Forbes’ list of the world’s major banks by revenue.

Japanese banks are increasingly focused on Fintech and are looking to invest in Fintech firms and technology as regulations in Japan are reformed to allow banks to make large investments into tech start-ups. Given the expected increased investment in ICT by banks, strong growth in Japan’s Fintech market is predicted. The Tokyo Government has also announced a plan aimed at making Tokyo the financial hub of Asia through measures such as corporate tax cuts for Fintech ventures and creating a better environment for foreign nationals to live and work in Tokyo.

JETRO has invited two outstanding speakers from FINOLAB, the Fintech hub in Tokyo, and Mizuho Bank to explain about opportunities for Canadian Fintech firms and to encourage them to think about Japan as their next market.


8:00 – 8:30 am:

Registration / Networking (with light breakfast)

8:30 – 8:35 am:

Welcome Remarks

Mr. Takuji Sakai, Executive Director, JETRO Toronto

8:35 – 9:10 am:

Japan’s Fintech Ecosystem Transformation Today and toward 2020

Ms. Sarara Maeda, FINOLAB • ISI Dentsu

9:10 – 9:45 am:

Japanese Financial Institutions and Fintech

Mr. Ikuma Ueno, Senior Strategist, Mizuho Financial Group, Digital Innovation Department

9:45 – 9:50 am:

JETRO Programmes and Services

Mr. Tyson Garbe, JETRO Toronto

9:50 – 10:00 am:

Closing Remarks

Mr. Kojiro Ichikawa, Trade Commissioner (ICT), Canadian Embassy in Tokyo



This event is free but pre-registration by October 16 is required.

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