26-06-2018 | 10:30 - 11:30

How has Fintech become a strong area within the Japanese startup ecosystem and where do the opportunities lie for European entrepreneurs and investors?

The knowledge gained from our webinar will uncover the reasons why Fintech is booming in Japan although it is a very new concept. Besides the support from the Japanese government which passes laws to support the sector’s growth, Japanese megabanks have also understood the need of innovation for investment opportunities but also as a way to improve efficiency and find new revenue streams. Fintech presents strong opportunities for growth in Japan. Contrary to what is happening in foreign ecosystems, however, Japanese fintech startups mostly collaborate with the traditional financial sector rather than trying to disrupt it. Japan is also making efforts to become more internationalised by starting collaborations between international regulators. The government of Tokyo is also actively trying to attract foreign Fintech startups in order to position Tokyo as a Fintech leader in Asia.

The webinar is targeted to European SMEs seeking to understand the Japanese Fintech ecosystem and to identify opportunity spaces for entrepreneurs and investors.

Registration deadline: 25/06/2018

What you will learn during this webinar?

In 40 minutes from your desk, you will discover:

  • The factors that make Fintech a hot area of the Japanese startup ecosystem
  • The impact of regulatory change on boosting Fintech growth
  • How the Japanese megabanks are eager to adopt and invest in new technologies
  • Insights on Japanese Fintech gathered through interviews with academics and Fintech entrepreneurs
  • What type of foreign Fintech startups are entering Japan and how some Japanese startups partner with European startups
  • How Tokyo’s local government is trying to attract foreign Fintech startups to become a global Fintech leader


  • Introduction
  • Expert’s presentation
  • Q&A Session
  • Conclusion

Speaker: Natalie Meyer (Tokyoesque). Ms Meyer has a background in Japan market research preparing qualitative and quantitative insight with Nielsen and Asian Consumer Intelligence after working in Tokyo and studying at Waseda University. Originally from Silicon Valley, she launched Tokyoesque with a mission to promote mutual understanding and connections across markets. Tokyoesque works on projects including market entry and research throughout Europe and Asia, often dipping in and out of the startup scene, corporate Japanese world and Major Events industry.
Moderator: Gwenael Beauvais - Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office

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