Connecting Japanese capital to global private debt opportunities

The PDI Tokyo Forum took place on 10 November 2022 to shape future capital flow from Japan to global private debt markets.

Understand key trends shaping investors’ decision-making process and crucial qualities they look for in a fund manager when allocating capital.

Key conversations shaping the conference:

  • How do investors view private debt’s role in future portfolios?
  • Where does Japanese investors’ focus shift on debt strategies and how to stay resilient?
  • Global GPs’ insight on the best risk-adjusted returns
  • And more.

Register your place here to get the best savings to join Japanese and Korean investors in-person in 2023.

Expand your fundraising horizons in Asia

The Tokyo Forum is the #1 virtual private debt fundraising conference to secure capital allocations from Japan's most influential investors.
Aflac Life Insurance Japan
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
AXA Life Insurance
Cathay Life Insurance
Daido Life Insurance
DBJ Asset Management
DENSO Pension Fund
Development Bank of Japan
Farmers’ Pension Fund
Fuji Xerox
Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
Idemitsu Pension Fund
Japan Post Bank
Japan Post Insurance
Konomi Inc
Manulife Life Insurance
Marubeni Corporation
Mizuho Trust & Banking
National Federation of Mutual Aid Associations for Municipal Personnel
National Kyosai Federation of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives (ZENKYOREN)
National Pension Fund Association
Nippon Life Insurance
Nomura Funds Research & Technologies
Orix Life Insurance
Osaka Shoko Shinkin Bank
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
Shinkin Central Bank
Sony Bank
T&D Financial Life Insurance
Taiyo Life Insurance
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance
The Gibraltar Life Insurance
The Pension Fund of Bridgestone
The Prudential Life Insurance
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

Meet Japan’s investor community

Connect with behemoth investors GPIF, Japan Post Bank, Dai-ichi Life Insurance and more Japanese investors in person for the first time since the pandemic.

Gain a strategic edge

Understand investors’ changing needs and appetite shift towards different strategies.

Build lasting relationships in-person

Catch up with Japanese investors and global private credit leaders to discuss future portfolio strategies.

Meet our keynote

Yasuyuki Tomita
Executive Director
Head of Private Equity Investments
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Meet our keynote, Yasuyuki Tomita, Head of Private Equity Investments at JST (AUM$80.7b) to understand how Japanese investor giant has been managing Japan’s PE portfolios for 20+ years.

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2022 speakers include:

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What our delegates say

Qianru Yang

Keppel Capital

Well thought through and relevant content. Provides good insight into how LPs think about this asset class.

Ryoko Katayama

Topaz Capital

Very well organized and structured. Great access to the assets’ leading players and insights.

Harald Eggerstedt

Towers Watson

PDI events bring private debt investment and structuring expertise together like no other conference I have attended.

Seize the growth opportunity

Following the news of Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials’ (Chikyoren) debut in private corporate debt investment and its existing exposure to private lending, as well as GPIF’s recent $73.4 million commitment for direct co-investment along with IFC and Development Bank of Japan, Japan’s institutional investors are expanding their alternative investments to generate yield amid the low interest rate environment. There has never been a better time to connect with the Japanese investors and grow your business in 2020 and beyond.

Access global market intelligence

Utilising Private Debt Investor’s position as the most prestigious publication specialised in private debt, the Forum will provide you the most exclusive analysis together with unrivalled insights from global senior private debt professionals.

Based on the latest PDI 50 research the private debt market is stable, with future funds targeting more region-specific opportunities.


Supercharge fundraising by connecting with the most influential Korean LPs

Expand connections. Unlock the opportunities.

Latest survey completed by Private Debt Investor research team shows that private debts LPs are looking to increase the number of GP relationships.

Past attendees in Japan & Korea series events:

Shape the future of the private debt by joining the most elite community in Japan

Join more than 200 Private debt senior decision-makers around the world at the PDI Tokyo Forum and seize the opportunity to share the future of the private debt while building invaluable connections with institutional investors and fund managers.

Preliminary Agenda

This is 2020 agenda. Tell us what you like to hear at PDI Tokyo Forum by contacting Niann Lai at

Day 1
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Agenda - Thursday 12th

Full day
08:00 - 08:50

Registration and coffee

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome from PDI and Chair's opening remarks

09:00 - 09:40

Opening panel: How will the private debt change in the next cycle?

  • How the landscape for private debt in globe is developing in response to COVID-19?
  • What a private credit deal looks like today and over the multiple cycles?
  • Are sponsor-backed transactions still appealing and what benefits do they offer private lenders?
09:40 - 10:00


Michael Patterson
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Michael Patterson

Governing Partner and Global Head of Direct Lending, HPS Investment Partners

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10:00 - 10:40

Keynote panel: Risks vs Yields

• What GPs and banks do anything to manage and mitigate risk, in terms of country, sector and performance?
• Why banks’ involvement still prevalent in debt market and their role in partnership? What role are banks playing in the market today?
• How does the risk-return profile compared in developed and developing regions?
• Risk management: What if pandemics strike again?

10:40 - 11:10

Networking refreshments

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:20

Middle market lending in Europe and US

• Predicting the post COVID-19 mid-market direct lending market
• Major strategies and regions providing exceptional returns
• Incentives and deterrents to deploy capital

12:20 - 12:50

Distressed and special situations

• Where are the opportunities in the enormous market?
• How can distressed funds make the current environment work for them?
• What are factors that accelerate or derail future growth?

12:50 - 13:50

Networking lunch

13:50 - 14:20

Keynote: “The impact of COVID-19 on private debt”

14:20 - 14:50

The seamless solution - hybrid facilities in debt funds

• Where hybrid facility lies and how this adds into the fund management toolkit
• Why a high ratio of NAV facilities to hybrid facilities in the market
• Benefits by obtaining and using a hybrid facility for open-ended funds

14:50 - 15:20

Networking refreshments

15:20 - 15:50

Panel: Where to find uncrowded opportunities in Asia?

• How are different managers approaching open-ended and closed-ended vehicles and what are potential considerations for each?
• How do you see the opportunity set at larger end of the market? How does it differ in type and attractiveness with more mid-market plays?
• What should investors be aware of when approaching different markets across Asia?
• Opportunities and key challenges ahead for private debt in Asia

15:50 - 16:30

Panel: Meet the Japanese LPs and gatekeepers

• What now is the LPs’ view of private debt?
• Challenges facing lately regarding the asset allocations
• What is the relationship between LP and GP in a world of restricted travel? Are LPs prepared to commit to funds without seeing managers face to face?

16:30 - 16:55

Closing keynote

16:55 - 17:00

Chairperson’s closing remarks

17:00 - 18:00

End of forum and Cocktail

Partner with the PDI Tokyo Forum

The PDI Tokyo Forum 2020 will offer a unique opportunity for organisations to raise their profile among senior private debt decision-makers across the world.

For exclusive sponsorship package for the PDI Tokyo Forum and PDI Japan Korea Week, please contact sponsorship team at, call +852 2153 3846.

Two Forums, Unlimited Opportunities

Join the Seoul Forum and maximise your time in Asia

The second PDI Seoul Forum returns on 7 November 2019 with more than 100+ influential Korean outbound investors and fund managers in ONE room. If fundraising is your core business, do not miss the chance to meet both Japanese and Korean LPs in the same week.



Korean Investors that attended last year

Dongbu Fire Insurance
GIC Real Estate
Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS)
Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance
KB Insurance
KB Kookmin Bank
KDB Life
KEB Hana Bank
Khazanah Nasional Berhad
Korea Fire Officials Credit Union
Korea Investment & Securities
Korea Investment Corporation
Korea Investment Security
Korea Post
Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives
KYOBO Life Insurance
Lotte Insurance
Meritz Fire Insurance
Meritz Insurance
MG Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives
Military Mutual Aid Association
Mirae Asset Life Insurance
National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF)
National Credit Union of Korea (Shinhyup)
National Pension Service (NPS)
NH Life
Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA)
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
Samsung Life Insurance
Savings Bureau Korea Post
Shinhan Investment
Shinhan Life Insurance
Teachers' Pension
The Bank of Korea
The Korean Teachers' Credit Union
The Police Mutual Aid Association

Learn more about their strategy

KIC’s chief risk officer and executive vice-president, Seung Je Hong, told PDI: “I think the alternative investment industry is not standardised enough, and therefore it is perceived to be risky when making investment decisions by comparing return profiles with a GP’s peer group or their track records.

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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 PDI Japan Korea Week 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 “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

The below information is as of 18 October 2022 and will be updated if health, safety and security guidelines change.

What additional measures are being followed at the Japan Forum of PDI Japan Korea Week 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.)

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.

Any questions regarding the event and vaccination requirements should be sent to

2023 Confirmed speakers:

Jingjing Bai

Senior Advisor, Bfinance

Xiaodong (Akina) Chang

Senior Fund Manager, Private Equity Investment Department, Tokio Marine Asset Management

Brian Dillard

Partner and Head of Asia Credit, KKR

Dan Gallen

Chief Investment Officer, Pallas Group

Kevin Griffin

Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, MGG Investment Group

Andre A. Hakkak

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, White Oak Global Advisors

Yuko Hara ORIX Life Insurance

Yuko Hara

Director, Investment Private Assets, ORIX Life Insurance

Tsutomu Ishida PDITOKYO20

Tsutomu Ishida

Deputy General Manager, Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance

Sayaka Iwase

General Manager, Five Arrows Managers S.A., Tokyo Branch

Kunio Kamoi

Senior Product Manager, Fund Research and Development Division, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Patrick Keenan

Executive Chairman, Pallas Group

Vikas Keswani

Managing Director and Head of North American Specialty Lending, HPS Investment Partners

Yoshi Kiguchi

Chief Investment Officer, Pension Fund of Japanese Corporations

Tomoko Kitao, Hamilton Lane

Tomoko Kitao

Managing Director, Japan Representative, Hamilton Lane

Mari Kogiso, SDG Impact Japan

Mari Kogiso

Co CEO, SDG Impact Japan

Keiichi Komori

Managing Director, DBJ Asset Management

Wai Leng Leong CDPQ

Wai Leng Leong

Managing Director and Regional Head of Asia Pacific, CDPQ

Shoji Misawa

Executive Director, ORIX Asia Asset Management

Lily Murakami Voukadinov

Partner, Head of Japan Relationship Management and Investor Relations, Ares Global Client Solutions Group

Antonella Napolitano

Managing Director, Global Head of Investor Relations & Capital Formation, Deerpath Capital Management

Deborah Ogawa

Senior Director, Fitch Ratings

Alexander Ott

Managing Director, Partners Group

Jeff Pentland RIFTOKYO2

Jeff Pentland

Managing Director, Northleaf Capital Partners

David Ross Northleaf Capital Partners

David Ross

Managing Director and Head of Private Credit, Northleaf Capital Partners

Chris Semple

Partner, Crestline

Jiro Shimpo

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tasku Advisors

Eriko Shoji

Director, Japan Post Bank

Yasuyuki Tomita

Executive Director, Head of Private Equity Investments, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Manabu Washio

Head, Aksia Asia

Go Yamashita

Managing Director, KKR Capital Markets

Chin Yuen

Research Manager, Asia, PEI Group