Connecting Japanese investors with natural capital opportunities

The Agri Investor Tokyo Forum on 14 September connected Japan’s leading institutional investors with opportunities in global agriculture, timberland, food, and natural capital.

Build relationships with GPIF, Japan Post Bank, Nippon Life Insurance, Norinchukin Bank, Zenkyoren, and many more who frequently attend our Tokyo events to discover the best outbound investment opportunities.

Join the Forum to discover what Japanese investors are looking for in a global ag investment partner.

Connect with Japanese investors

Join Japan’s leading investors searching for global sustainable agriculture, food, and timberland investments.

Demonstrate your unique value

Showcase your firm’s distinctive advantages to Japan’s leading investors. Grow your business by creating relationships with the key players across the region.

Understand capital allocation tendencies

Identify how new and experienced Japanese investors are creating sustainable portfolios with natural capital investments across global markets.

Meet our Keynote

Yasuyuki Matsumoto

CEO & CIO, The Agribusiness Investment & Consultation
Counsellor on Global Food & Agri Business to the President at the Norinchukin Bank

Mr. Matsumoto shared the latest analysis of the Japanese investor mindset and his unique perspective on natural capital investments in Japan and across the globe.

2022 Confirmed Speakers include:

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2022 Confirmed investor attendees include:

Aozora Bank
Development Bank of Japan
Idemitsu Pension Fund
International Christian University
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
Manulife
Mitsui Sumitomo Primary Life Insurance (MSPL)
Meiji Yasuda LIfe Insurance
National Kyosai Federation of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (ZENKYOREN)
National Pension Fund Association
ORIX Life Insurance
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials (Chikyoren)
Sumitomo Life Insurance
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance
Tokio Marine Holdings
And many more...

View crucial topics shaping the conference

Key agenda items include:

  • Japanese investor appetite for natural capital investments
  • Understanding how timberland and agriculture can create net-zero portfolios
  • Market deep dives: Australia, Europe and North America
  • Opportunities to invest in Agtech
  • And more.

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Attendees at Agri Investor events say

Stephen Meerwald

Harmony Agriculture and Food

Great opportunity to understand what is needed in Ag investment and how different sectors view the opportunity and risks of Ag investments.

Angus Ingram

Kilter Rural

A Pragmatic discussion about deploying capital into agri investments

Tim Findlay

Westpac Banking Corporation

Fantastic networking event and a chance to hear from experts how to make agri investments work.

Discover the industry shifting programme

Understand what Japanese investors are looking for in a natural capital investment opportunity. Contact our producer Andrew Wolff to discuss speaking opportunities.

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Day 1
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Agenda

Agri Investor Tokyo Forum - Wednesday 14th

All times in UTC+9
08:30 - 09:05

Registration and Networking

09:05 - 09:15

Welcome Address

09:15 - 09:45

Keynote Presentation: Investing in Food Value Chain and Japanese Agriculture

Yasuyuki Matsumoto
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Yasuyuki Matsumoto

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, The Agribusiness Investment & Consultation

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09:45 - 10:35

Keynote Panel: Getting the lay of the land: why should Japanese LPs be investing in natural capital?

Joji Takeuchi, Rob Hurlbut, Chisa Ogura, Daichi Suzuki, Yumiko Ito
  • Where does agri fit within a standard institutional investment portfolio?
  • Which sectors and strategies present the best suitable for Japanese LPs? Understanding the basics of agri portfolio construction.
  • How Agri complements the impact/ESG investing portfolio
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Joji Takeuchi

Executive Manager, Private Asset Investments, Strategic Fund Investment Group, Asset Management One

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Rob Hurlbut

Managing Director, Agriculture Capital

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Chisa Ogura, Meros Consulting

Chisa Ogura

Managing Director, Meros Consulting

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Daichi Suzuki

Head of Business Strategy Team, Alternative Investment Department, Nomura AM

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Yumiko Ito

Investment Officer, Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services - Asia, IFC

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10:35 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 12:00

Investor Panel: Japanese investors perspectives on investing in the asset class

Akiyoshi Tanida, Katsumi Sugiura, Yoshi Kiguchi, Yoshito Sakakibara
  • Understanding Japanese LP’s appetite for the asset class
  • What are the major challenges for investing in agri for LPs? On site due diligence, lack of gatekeeper?
  • What is the manager the selection process? How do they select GPs?
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Akiyoshi Tanida

Foreign Equity and Alternative Investment Department, Nissay Asset Management Corporation

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Katsumi Sugiura, Development Bank of Japan

Katsumi Sugiura

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Finance Department, Division 3, Development Bank of Japan

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Yoshi Kiguchi

Chief Investment Officer, Pension Fund of Japanese Corporations

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Yoshito Sakakibara

Managing Director, Soleil Global Advisors Japan

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12:00 - 13:20

Networking Lunch

13:20 - 14:00

Panel: Spotlight on Australia: Investing in Australia Agri

Daniel Kemp, Timothy McGavin, Rob Brooks
  • The case for Oz – why can Australian agriculture be a great investment?
  • Risk return profiles: how does Australia compare to the US & Europe?
  • From farmland to water assets – where do the best opportunities lie?
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Daniel Kemp

APAC Editor, Agri Investor

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Timothy McGavin

Founder and Managing Director, Laguna Bay

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Rob Brooks

Chief Investment Officer, goFARM Australia

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14:00 - 14:50

Panel: Investing in Forestry & Timberland

Derren Tan, Takuro Kimura, Esben Brandi, Osamu Sugawara, Tsuyoshi Kato
  • Understanding the risk return profile of timberland compared to agri
  • How does forestry help diversity the portfolio?
  • Timberland in the natural capital portfolio
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Derren Tan

Director, Business Development & Investor Relations, Asia Pacific, Manulife Investment Management Timber and Agriculture

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Takuro Kimura

Chief Executive Officer, G-Cubed Partners

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Esben Brandi

Head of Business Development, BTG Pactual

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Osamu Sugawara

General Manager, Asset Management Business Department, Financial Business Division, Mitsui & Co.

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Tsuyoshi Kato

Deputy Divisional Manager, General Manager of Forest Carbon Sink Business Department, Environment and Resources Division, Sumitomo Forestry

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14:50 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 - 16:00

Panel: The agtech investing opportunity

Shohei Naito, Shinichi Sasaki, Akito Arima, Mari Kogiso
  • Understanding the impact of robotics and automation in the agsector
  • Agricultural innovation in vertical farming and aquaculture
  • Agtech investing success cases studies
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Shohei Naito

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nihon Agri

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Shinichi Sasaki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Routrek Networks

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Akito Arima

Manager, Venture Capitalist (Agri/Food), Beyond Next Ventures

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Mari Kogiso, SDG Impact Japan

Mari Kogiso

Co CEO, SDG Impact Japan

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16:00 - 16:10

Closing remarks

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Interested in speaking at the conference? Please contact Andrew Wolff for more information.

2022 Confirmed speakers

Akito Arima

Manager, Venture Capitalist (Agri/Food), Beyond Next Ventures

Akito Arima joined Marubeni Corporation in April 2017. In the Grain Division, he was involved in all aspects of agribusiness from production to sales through the trading business. In addition, he is also involved in start-up investments by setting up… Read full bio

Rob Brooks

Chief Investment Officer, goFARM Australia

Rob is an experienced real assets investment manager having built and managed agriculture and water portfolios for institutional and family office investors in Australia. At goFARM, our purpose is to “Transform Australian agriculture”. We focus on co… Read full bio

Esben Brandi

Head of Business Development, BTG Pactual

Esben is one of the pioneers in the still nascent market for frontier market Timberland Investment. Esben was part of the team managing the world's first global frontier timberland fund established in 2007. Esben was responsible for the origination a… Read full bio

Rob Hurlbut

Managing Director, Agriculture Capital

Rob believes that food is inherently a triple bottom line business, and success in the industry must be measured across all three: Financial, Environmental, and Social. By growing crops that improve the land we create healthy foods that nourish the b… Read full bio

Yumiko Ito

Investment Officer, Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services - Asia, IFC

Yumiko has over 20 years of experience in financing and investing. She is an Investment Officer at IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department in Asia, most recently focusing on the department’s overall portfolio management in East Asia… Read full bio

Tsuyoshi Kato

Deputy Divisional Manager, General Manager of Forest Carbon Sink Business Department, Environment and Resources Division, Sumitomo Forestry

Tsuyoshi Kato is deputy divisional manager, general manager of forest carbon sink business department, environmental resources division, Sumitomo Forestry CO., LTD. since January 2022. He studied forest ecology at Kyoto University, conducting a five-… Read full bio

Daniel Kemp

APAC Editor, Agri Investor

Daniel Kemp is Superfunds Correspondent for PEI Media’s Infrastructure Investor and Agri Investor. He joined PEI in February 2018 and is based in Sydney. Daniel is an experienced B2B journalist, working for five years prior to joining PEI as Innovati… Read full bio

Yoshi Kiguchi

Chief Investment Officer, Pension Fund of Japanese Corporations

Yoshi focuses innovative strategies and products with the investment horizon structures. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment and risk management. Before that, Mr. Kiguchi was a managing director of Russell Investments in Japan, wher… Read full bio

Takuro Kimura

Chief Executive Officer, G-Cubed Partners

Takuro Kimura spent over 30 years investing with impact from International Finance Corporation (IFC), an investment arm of the World Bank Group, and financial institutions in the private sector. He has been involved in multi-billion investments in pr… Read full bio
Mari Kogiso, SDG Impact Japan

Mari Kogiso

Co CEO, SDG Impact Japan

Mari is an impact investing expert with extensive background in inclusive business, sustainable finance, and social entrepreneurship. Most recently, Mari founded the SDG Impact Japan to promote sustainable finance in Japan and Asia and serve as CoCEO… Read full bio

Yasuyuki Matsumoto

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, The Agribusiness Investment & Consultation

Yasuyuki Matsumoto is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Agribusiness Investment & Consultation Co. Ltd. (ABIC) and Counsellor on Global Food & Agri Business to the President of the Norinchukin Bank. He has 30 years e… Read full bio

Timothy McGavin

Founder and Managing Director, Laguna Bay

Tim McGavin is Founder, Managing Director, Member of Investment Committee of Laguna Bay. He is active in the food and agriculture sector for 35 years and a food and agricultural investor for over twenty years, founding Laguna Bay 11 years ago, with e… Read full bio

Shohei Naito

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nihon Agri

Naito founded Nihon Agri in 2016 to promote and export Japanese agricultural products to other parts of Asia, including Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and to protect and promote branded products like Fuji apples and Shine Muscat grapes. The firm has… Read full bio
Chisa Ogura, Meros Consulting

Chisa Ogura

Managing Director, Meros Consulting

Chisa has 20 years of experience in research and problem solving related to global agriculture trade, policy, investment and market development. She is the Managing Director of Meros Consulting, which she founded in 2016 together with three partners… Read full bio

Yoshito Sakakibara

Managing Director, Soleil Global Advisors Japan

Soleil Global Advisors provides such cross-border financial services as fund placement and IR on behalf of investment management firms. Soleil’s high-quality, unique and independent intermediary activities come with fully licensed operations and deep… Read full bio

Shinichi Sasaki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Routrek Networks

Routrek Networks was founded 2005 by Shinichi Sasaki to provide turn key solution of IoT/M2M in the area of not connected market such as energy, healthcare, vehicle and agriculture. Our agriculture product named ZeRo.agri is cloud based autonomous dr… Read full bio

Osamu Sugawara

General Manager, Asset Management Business Department, Financial Business Division, Mitsui & Co.

Mr. Sugawara is General Manager, Asset Management Business Dept., Financial Business Division of Mitsui & Co., LTD. He is responsible for overseeing and developing the asset management business of Mitsui across the globe especially in the real as… Read full bio
Katsumi Sugiura, Development Bank of Japan

Katsumi Sugiura

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Finance Department, Division 3, Development Bank of Japan

Katsumi Sugiura is Deputy General Manager of Corporate Finance, Division 3 in Development Bank of Japan. He has been working for DBJ longer than 25 years since he joined DBJ in 1999 and was mainly in charge of overseas infrastructure related projects… Read full bio

Daichi Suzuki

Head of Business Strategy Team, Alternative Investment Department, Nomura AM

Daichi Suzuki is a Sr. Portfolio Manager and Head of Business Strategy Team at Alternative Investment Department of Nomura AM. At Nomura AM, he is responsible for GP relationship managements and product developments for alternative areas such as Priv… Read full bio

Joji Takeuchi

Executive Manager, Private Asset Investments, Strategic Fund Investment Group, Asset Management One

Takeuchi has been involved in broad range of private asset investments at Asset Management One (AMO). AMO was formed by merging the 4 investment business units under Mizuho Financial Group and Dai-ichi Life Insurance in 2016. As a fiduciary of its cl… Read full bio

Derren Tan

Director, Business Development & Investor Relations, Asia Pacific, Manulife Investment Management Timber and Agriculture

Derren is responsible for the firm’s institutional business development, capital strategy and relationship management functions across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining the firm in 2021, Derren oversaw the portfolio management of Hostplus’ gl… Read full bio

Akiyoshi Tanida

Foreign Equity and Alternative Investment Department, Nissay Asset Management Corporation

Akiyoshi Tanida is a Deputy General Manager of Foreign Equity & Alternative Investment Department at Nissay Asset Management Corporation, leading real asset investments for Nippon Life’s general account with over 15 years of experience in alterna… Read full bio

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Covid precautions

To help keep you and your peers safe, we require you to follow the Covid principles below to ensure the smooth running of the Agri Investor Tokyo Forum 2022.

All attendees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status before checking into the event’s venue. All attendees will be required to wear a filtering face piece mask without a ventilation valve.

To expedite this process, PEI Media and our venue will be using the physical copy of vaccination, or digital proof of COVID-related health insights from the “Tokyo Vaction”  mobile App and other government-recognised mobile App. Complete your health screening with the apps ahead of time for expedited check-in and entry. We will NOT be accepting any other form of record of vaccination at the event. We are only accepting physical proof, photos of the vaccination record or digital proof via selected mobile apps.

Questions? Please contact asiaevents@peimedia.com.

The below information is as of 2 September 2022 and will be updated if health, safety and security guidelines change.

What additional measures are being followed at the Agri Investor Tokyo Forum 2022?

We would like to ensure our attendees feel confident as they return to attending our in-person events. Click here for Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo document outlining actions the hotel is taking.

I plan to travel to Japan to attend this conference, what are the current travel restrictions?

Click here to view the latest quarantine measures for inbound travellers.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test to attend?

When you arrive at the event, you’ll need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 according to your national vaccine programme

(*Definition of fully vaccinated varies among cities, however, you will be required to take your 2nd dose at least 14 days before the event i.e. 31 May 2022)

How to show my vaccination

You can present your vaccination record through:
1. “Tokyo Vaction” mobile app,
2. Wakupass mobile app,
3. Other government-recognised mobile app or
4. COVID-19 Vaccination Record (Hard Copy)

What do I need to do if I receive my vaccination outside of Japan?

If you had received your vaccination outside of Japan
– Please click here to view the list of recognized Covid-19 vaccines outside Japan
– Guests must prepare and present Covid-19 Vaccination Record (issues outside Japan)

Do I need to wear a mask?

All attendees will be required to wear a filtering face piece mask without a ventilation valve in the hotel’s public spaces at all times.

What I need to do before collecting my name badge at the venue?

You must present your vaccination record and measure temperature at the entrance of the venue.

What happens if I cannot attend the event because I have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive or am unable to travel due to changes in quarantine rules?

If your membership includes access to an in-person forum, you can join a different forum in-person across a 12-month period.

Will there be any tracking of participants in the event of a positive COVID-19 test result?

Yes, if needed we will be asked to report any cases to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for further handling.