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

  • 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?
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

  • 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?
14:45 - 15:30

Panel: Investing in Forestry & Timberland

  • Understanding the risk return profile of timberland compared to agri
  • How does forestry help diversity the portfolio?
  • Timberland in the natural capital portfolio
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 16:45

Panel: The agtech investing opportunity

  • Understanding the impact of robotics and automation in the agsector
  • Agricultural innovation in vertical farming and aquaculture
  • Agtech investing success cases studies
16:45 - 18:50

Closing remarks followed by Networking Cocktails

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

Past speakers at Agri Investor and Japanese events include:

Michael Battaglia

Research Director Agriculture and Global Change, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Michael Battaglia is the Research Director Agriculture and Global Change at CSIRO, with diverse professional background in conservation management, forestry management, academia and research leadership. His career Highlights include creation, from fr… Read full bio

Kate Burke

Managing Director, Think Agri

Dr Kate Burke has spent her career interpreting data and combining it with knowledge and experience to improve financial returns from agricultural investments. Equally comfortable in the boardroom and the paddock, Kate has a background in farm adviso… Read full bio

Simon Fritsch

Founder, Agripath

Simon is the founding director of Agripath, a business that is dedicated to collecting and analysing farm business performance data to assist clients in making better decisions and pinpointing opportunities for profit. Simon works with farming famili… Read full bio

David Goodfellow

Chief Executive Officer, AustOn Corporation

With over 30 years’ experience in Australian Agriculture, David has held numerous senior positions in the industry including CEO Mutual Trust, Chairman AMPS Agribusiness, CEO Paraway Pastoral Company, GGM Elders Ltd, Managing Director and CEO Rifa Sa… Read full bio
Masanori Hosokawa, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company

Masanori Hosokawa

General Manager, Responsible Investment Office, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company

Masanori Hosokawa is General Manager, Responsible Investment Office at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company. He started his career from 1990 by joining Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (former Meiji Life Insurance Company), he worked in various int… Read full bio
Masashi Kataoka The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Masashi Kataoka

General Manager, Alternative Investment Department, The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Masashi Kataoka is General Manager of Alternative Investment Department at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company. Prior to his current role, he had led various teams; hedge fund investment, PE fund investment, infrastructure fund investment, venture fund a… Read full bio
Toshinori Kurisu, Nippon Life

Toshinori Kurisu

General Manager, ESG Investment Strategy Office, Finance and Investment Planning Department, Nippon Life

Toshinori Kurisu is the Head of ESG Investment Strategy Office of Nippon Life Insurance Company. Toshinori joined Nippon Life in 1999. Toshinori was assigned to lead the newly established ESG Investment Strategy Office in March 2021, when the Office… Read full bio

Simon Mather

Chief Investment Officer, BUSSQ

Simon Mather has over 20 years experience in the Finance industry both in the UK and Australia across Fund Management and Superannuation. He previously held the position of General Manager Investments at AustSafe Super. AustSafe Super is the Industry… Read full bio
Kaoru Onishi RIFTOKYO20

Kaoru Onishi

General Manger, Foreign Equity and Alternative Investment Department, Nippon Life Insurance Company

Kaoru Onishi is General Manager of Private Equity Investment in Foreign Equity & Alternative Investment Department of Nippon Life Insurance Company. She is responsible for private equity and private debt investment. She has been with Nippon life… Read full bio

Nick Ping

Director, Institutional Business Asia Pacific, Hancock Natural Resource Group

Nick is responsible for Hancock Natural Resource Group’s institutional business development, client account management and relationship management functions throughout the Asia Pacific region. These functions span both HNRG’s Timberland and Agricultu… Read full bio

Lucy Purcell

Deputy President of Agribusiness Australia

Specialist in Agricultural and Agribusiness: Recruiting, strategy and linking people and investors within the agribusiness network, is Lucy’s passion. With over fifteen years experience as a specialist recruiter, business strategist and from a farmin… Read full bio

Hideya Sadanaga

Senior Managing Director and Head of Private Equity Investment Department, Japan Post Bank

Hideya Sadanaga heads Japan Post Bank’s nascent private equity investment program and is responsible for all aspects of its creation and construction. Prior to joining Japan Post Bank in January 2016, he spent most of his career at Nippon Life Insura… Read full bio
Koji Someno, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Koji Someno

Head of Real Asset Fund Investment Div., Alternative Investment Department, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company

Koji Someno is a Manager of Real Asset Fund Investment Division and Private Equity Fund Investment Division of Alternative Investment Department at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company. Since joining Dai-ichi Life in 2017, he has been in charge of infrast… Read full bio
Junichi Tanak, Sumitomo Life Insurance

Junichi Tanaka

General Manager, Responsible Investment, Sumitomo Life Insurance

In April 2021, Sumitomo Life created a team controlling and enhancing responsible investment activities over all asset classes, and Junichi Tanaka was appointed as the general manager of the team. Since then, his team has expanded the scope of sustai… Read full bio
Yoshitaka Todoroki, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Yoshitaka Todoroki

Managing Director, Private Market Investment Department, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Yoshitaka Todoroki joined GPIF in March 2016, from Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management, where he led a newly established team that developed investment opportunities in the alternative space for clients mainly in Japanese pension industry. Before second… Read full bio

Jock Whittle

Chief Executive Officer, Paraway Pastoral Co.

Jock joined Paraway Pastoral in January 2008 and was responsible for operations until his appointment to CEO in January 2012. As CEO he has led the company through a period of significant growth, which has seen the company add 7 additional properties… Read full bio

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