Hitotsubashi Business Review Forum

Jan 7, 2014

The Hitotsubashi Business Review Forum was held at Hitotsubashi Memorial Hall on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. It was cohosted by Toyo Keizai Inc. and the Hitotsubashi University Institute of Innovation Research.

The theme of this year's forum was

"Globalization and Japanese Cross-border M&A Activities."

Some renowned business executives were invited as guest speakers, and there was also a panel discussion. In this panel, ICS Professor Tomonori Ito, who has practiced M&A in his previous career, analyzed the causes of past failures in Japanese companies' cross border M&A and explained the key factors for a successful M&A including choosing the right timing and the necessity to have a proper strategic visions.

The participants, who were executives and managers of Japanese companies, asked several important questions related to the topic and the panelists gave insightful answers to them.