Tokyo Summit: Groundbreaking Diversity in Asia Panel

Tokyo Summit: Groundbreaking Diversity in Asia Panel Includes Sitting Japanese Jurist; Kaylee Walstad, CEDS, Honored as Global Conference Ambassador

EAGAN, Minn. -- More than 200 cross-functional, high-level panelists and participants gathered during The Tokyo Global Summit, a global legal and technical conference held at the Tokyo American Club in Tokyo, April 18, 2019. Panelists traveled from Brazil, Spain, Finland, Australia, and the U.S. to share-up-to-the-minute technical, legislative, regulatory, litigation, compliance, and diversity and inclusion challenges during this educational and networking event hosted by the CJK Group and LLM Law Review.

ACEDS Executive Director, Mary Mack, CEDS, CISSP, moderated the groundbreaking panel, Diversity and Inclusion in Asia: Optimizing Teams for Success. The panel included:

The Honorable Shusaku Tatara, Judge in the Chiba District Court of Japan, shared his experience of returning to the bench as an openly gay judge

Natsue Ishida, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Vice President, Legal & Compliance of UD Trucks Corporation, spoke about initiatives to increase women in STEM and the experience of returnees, who come back to Japan after extended time abroad

Jean-Denis Marx, Partner at Baker & McKenzie, spoke about the differences in response to LGBTQ+, and gender and the structural impediments to increasing diversity

Christopher Clay, Director, Legal Division of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., spoke of the fierce global competition for talent and the existential threat facing Japanese companies that do not adopt a culture of inclusion

“This was a stellar group of panelists, each of whom fully grasps the importance of diversity and inclusion for continued growth and success in our industry,” Mack said. “It was a very impactful session as the personal became professional for the group.”

ACEDS Vice President, Client Engagement, Kaylee Walstad, CEDS, was honored as conference Global Ambassador for her work promoting the conference and its participants to colleagues and other stakeholders across the community.

“I was overwhelmed to receive the award,” Walstad said. “Promoting and increasing the awareness of the event was a privilege as I believe it is an incredibly important and timely forum for the legal and technology field.”

Other speakers at the networking and education event included Dr. Kenzo Fujisue, Japanese parliament; Jason Hsu, the Taiwanese Crypto Congressman; and a conversation-enhancing combination of General Counsels, CEOs, and professionals in forensics, privacy, eDiscovery, and more. ACEDS affiliates OpenText + Catalyst, Thomson Reuters and Relativity were among the conference sponsors and speakers.

“The Tokyo Summit fulfills my vision of a world-class educational forum where experts meet, collaborate and engage on cutting-edge topics in critical issues related to cybersecurity, data privacy, informational governance and electronic discovery,” said Jonathan Rossi Hiroshi, Tokyo Summit Founder and CEO. “This is just the beginning of something very special. Stay tuned for some big announcements!”