RIETI Blockchain Symposium

Next Blockchain: Creation of a new ecosystem for future industries


Will 2019 be 'the first year of blockchain'? Just like iPhone hit the scene in 2007 and played a vital role in shaping the current smartphone-centered society, the appearance of 'Libra', a crypto currency developed by Facebook, indicates great social changes led by blockchain technologies.

Blockchain is a technology that enables safe and secure data transaction by registering data in "ledgers" that are irrevocable. While crypto currency receives the most coverage in the media as a use of blockchain technology, there is a vast range of uses for the technology for governing any form of business and other transactions in areas ranging from healthcare to preference data analysis. It is thought that it will have more impact on society than the internet as an 'infrastructure' in fostering new industries. However, on the other hand, there are rising concerns about data hoarding of giant global platformers and the possible disrupting effect of blockchain technology on national monetary policies.

Based on this, the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) has been conducting various front-line research studies and analyses related to blockchain technology. In this symposium, in addition to President Yano presenting our research results, Mr. Vogelsteller, a leading developer in the area of blockchain technology, will give a presentation and we will host a panel discussion with various top-level panelists from different backgrounds. Through these programs, we would like to discuss ideal ways of utilizing blockchain technology as a system for fostering next-generation industries.


  • Time and Date: 13:00-16:00, Monday, October 7, 2019 (Registration starts at 12:30)
  • Venue: NIKKEI Hall (1-3-7, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Seating Capacity: 600
  • お問合せ:Ms. YUHARA, Conference Section, RIETI (
    Tel: 03-3501-8398

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13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

13:05-13:20 Special Remarks

HIRANO Yoichiro (Chairman, Blockchain Collaborative Consortium)


13:20-14:05 Keynote Speeches


YANO Makoto (President and CRO, RIETI)


Fabian VOGELSTELLER (Founder and Chief Architect at LUKSO, Ethereum Developer and Author of ERC 20)


Steven PU (Founder & CEO, Taraxa.io)

14:05-14:25 Break

14:25-15:55 Panel Discussion: "IoT and Data Marketplace"


KISHIMOTO Yoshio (Senior Director General, Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN)

Panelists (no particular order)

KATO Sei (Group Manager, Advanced Electronics Development Dept. No.1, Connected Advanced Development Div., Connected Company, TOYOTA Motor Corporation)

MATSUSHIMA Michiaki (Editor in Chief, WIRED JAPAN)

YANO Makoto (President and CRO, RIETI)

William METCALFE (Co-founder, Curvegrid)

Steven PU (Founder & CEO, Taraxa.io)

Fabian VOGELSTELLER (Founder and Chief Architect at LUKSO, Ethereum Developer and Author of ERC 20)



15:55-16:00 Wrap-up

KANO Yuzo (Representative Director, Japan Blockchain Association)

*Agenda is subject to change