Tokyo Office Managing Partner Discusses “The Business Of Energy” With Prominent Leaders

The Economist 2012 Japan Summit convened senior executives to address a range of issues, including energy security.

December 21, 2012

Latham & Watkins’ Tokyo Office Managing Partner Joseph Bevash joined an illustrious panel to discuss “The Business of Energy” at The Economist’s 2012 Japan Summit. Bevash joined Jesper Thomsen, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Danish Embassy, and Tasuo Hatta, Visiting Professor at the Osaka University to discuss a wide range of energy topics including, renewables, nuclear power, and also what could potentially constitute the optimum energy mix following the recent Fukushima disaster. The event brought together a broad range of leaders from the worlds of business, politics and academia.

“Energy security is absolutely paramount and just how Japan addresses a range of critical topics such as regulation, the right energy mix, entrepreneurship and innovation, and investment in infrastructure will determine Japan’s success in delivering on this cornerstone priority,” said Bevash. “It’s hard to overestimate the importance of energy security for Japan’s position as a major economic power in the region and globally.”

A number of high profile policymakers and chief executive officers addressed a range of topics, including:

  • Japan’s response to macroeconomic and socioeconomic trends such as the emerging demographic and energy issues, as well as the rise of China; and
  • Japan’s role in the “Third Industrial Revolution” and how Japan promotes entrepreneurialism.