Social Innovation Japan: Reshaping The Way We Work


Meet some of Japan's leading Social Innovators on 16th March 2018! In recent years, there's been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals, organisations and companies tackling social and environmental issues in Japan. Entrepreneurs, nonprofit organisations, and big businesses continue to find innovative ways to address the defining issues of our time, from climate change to the refugee crisis and beyond.

At Social Innovation Japan's event on 16th March, two leading figures in this movement will be exploring the theme "Reshaping The Way We Work" at the new and exciting space in Shibuya, EDGEof.

Japan is at a crossroads: an ageing population, hollowing out of rural areas and rapidly changing needs in the labour market. Join us as we examine how industry leaders are responding to these challenges, what opportunities are out there, and what this means for all of us in the years ahead.

Why Attend?

  • Discover how social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and startups in Japan are pioneering the transition towards a more sustainable, responsible, and prosperous future.
  • Learn from leading innovators who are addressing important issues facing Japan and the wider world.
  • Connect with like-minded people from all over the world, from different professional, personal, and educational backgrounds.



Asami Matsumoto (Founder & CEO, Active Connector)

Asami Matsumoto is the Founder and CEO of Active Connector - a startup that aims to promote innovation through diversity. Established in 2013, the company had initially been founded on a passion to challenge Japan’s job-hunting systems known as ‘shukatsu’ to open more opportunities for international students in Japan. Three years later, the company has since expanded its efforts to further help Japanese companies across sectors, embrace a working culture that fosters innovation through diversity. Born in Japan, Asami Matsumoto has had a global outlook for almost as long as she can remember: when she was just 16, she jumped on a plane and travelled alone from Japan to study in the UK and later entered McGill University in Canada. Upon graduation, Asami participated in career forums and job hunting interviews common for graduates that spurred her career in international organisations including UNICEF, Goldman Sachs and JICA. Following the 2011 earthquake, however, she felt a need to return to Japan where she established Active Connector. With a desire to build a society where everyone has the chance to exercise their capabilities to the fullest, today, Active Connector supports +5.5K members find meaningful work in companies that celebrate diversity and foster inclusivity.

Tove Kinooka (Director, Global Perspectives K.K.)

Tove Kinooka is the Director of Global Perspectives K.K., which she founded in 2015 with her business partner Gavin Dixon. They are on a mission to transform the way organizations work, from how people communicate, collaborate and lead, through to the impact the organization has on the communities it touches. Global Perspectives works with major organizations across a wide range of industries and geographic regions with clients such as Rakuten, Christian Dior, and Astellas Pharmaceuticals. Projects range from coaching individuals in their growth as leaders through to designing and delivering company-wide culture change initiatives. In 2017, Global Perspectives embarked on a partnership with RIJ, a Japan-based NPO that supports sustainable projects to empower refugees, to deliver professional development programs that incorporate refugee stories and projects. These programs aim to elevate CSR from a mandatory tick-box exercise to a powerful driver of learning, innovation and behavioural change that benefits not only the participants and organization, but also displaced people across the world.


ts (including 1 drink)

- General Admission: 2,500 JPY
- Student: 2,000 JPY

* Pre-purchase required, tickets will not be sold on the door.
** Spaces are limited, so purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment!

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*The event will be held in English only.


19:30: Doors Open
20:00: Event Starts
20:00 ~ 21:30: Presentations by Social Innovators, Q&A / Panel Session / Discussions
21:30 ~ 22:30: Relax & mingle, with light refreshments
22:30: Finish



1-11-3 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0041

〒150-0041 東京都渋谷区神南1-11-3


About Social Innovation Japan

Social Innovation Japan is a community of problem-solvers, thinkers, and doers. We provide a space for enrichment through the exchange of ideas, by organising events where guest speakers talk about their high-impact work in a variety of fields. Presentations are fun, casual, and to-the-point, and are designed to engage audiences in contemporary issues in Japan and the world. Talks are always followed by Q&A / panel sessions, so that all participants have a chance to speak their mind and ask questions. There is free time at the end of each event for participants to mingle, discuss ideas, or just relax in the company of good people.

Fri Mar 16, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM JST
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1 Chome-11-3 Jinnan, Shibuya Japan
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