Connecting Japanese investors with natural capital opportunities

The Agri Investor Tokyo Forum on 14 September will connect 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.

Speakers at our Japanese events include:

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Investors at our Japanese events include:

Adventest Corporate Pension Fund
Aflac Life Insurance
AISIN Employees' Pension Fund
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
AXA Life Insurance
Bank of Yokohama
Dai-ichi Life Insurance
Daido Life Insurance
DBJ Asset Management
DENSO Pension Fund
Farmer's Pension Fund
Fujifilm Holdings
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Idemitsu Pension Fund
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
Mitsui Sumitomo Primary Life Insurance (MSPL)
National Kyosai Federation of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (ZENKYOREN)
National Pension Fund Association
Nippon Life Insurance
Norinchukin Bank
ORIX Life Insurance
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials (Chikyoren)
Sompo Japan Insurance
Sumitomo Life
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance
And many more...

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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 Koki Kuramoto to discuss speaking opportunities.

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Day 1
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Agri Investor Tokyo Forum - Wednesday 14th

All times in UTC+9
08:30 - 09:00

Registration and Networking

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome Address

09:05 - 09:30

Keynote Presentation

09:30 - 10:20

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

  • 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.
  • Geography diversification – US vs. Australia vs. Europe – which markets are of key interest?
10:20 - 11:05

Panel: Understanding how Agri/Forestry fits in the alternative investing portfolio and its ESG/impact aspect

  • How Agri complements the impact/ESG investing portfolio
  • Understanding the role of regenerative agriculture
  • Carbon offsetting and the role of agri in mitigating climate change
11:05 - 11:35

Coffee break

11:35 - 12:15

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

Akiyoshi Tanida, Katsumi Sugiura
  • 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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12:15 - 12:45

Presentation: Water Case Study

12:45 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:45

Panel: Spotlight on Australia: Investing in Australian Agri

Daniel Kemp, Timothy McGavin
  • 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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14:45 - 15:30

Panel: Investing in Forestry & Timberland

Derren Tan
  • 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

Associate Director, Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture

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15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:45

Panel: The agtech investing opportunity

Shohei Naito
  • 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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16:45 - 17:50

Closing remarks

17:50 - 18:50

Networking Cocktails

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Interested in speaking at the conference? Please contact Koki Kuramoto for more information.

2022 Confirmed speakers

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

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

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
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

Derren Tan

Associate Director, Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture

Derren Tan is responsible for Manulife Investment Management Timberland and Agriculture’s (MIMTA) institutional business development and relationship management functions across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining MIMTA in 2021, Derren oversaw… 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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