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Japan’s Way through the Corona Crisis (Webinar)

Martin Schulz

Chief Policy Economist at Fujitsu

Friday, April 24, 2020 12:00 - 13:00
  • Martin Schulz Chief Policy Economist, Fujitsu
  • Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • JETRO Switzerland
  • JCG Japan Club of Geneva

Free of charge

Japan’s Way through the Corona Crisis into a “New Normal” – Resilience, Neglect, and Catching Up on ICT

Join us to hear directly from Tokyo how the still unfolding Corona Crisis is seen by Martin Schulz, Chief Policy Economist at Fujitsu.

This exclusive Webinar is for members of the three organising institutions only. Please indicate your affiliation when registering.

Direct access link to the seminar will be sent out to all confirmed participants about 3 hours before the start of the seminar.


Japan was among the first countries to be affected by the Corona virus. It is also one of the very few countries that tries to navigate the Covid-19 crisis without “lockdowns” and crippling restrictions for companies. While the jury is still out to see if this can work, we already know that Japan’s policies are becoming an interesting case for a “new normal” after the Covid19 crisis.

Japan’s special way has been helped by its long-term pre-cautions against influenza-type epidemies, high hygienic standards, its ability to adjust to new policy demands, and a strong healthcare system. All these ingredients will be necessary anywhere after the crisis. Most importantly, however, the government’s decision to keep the economy going for as much and as long as possible, burdened the bulk of crisis management responsibilities on the shoulders of companies and households from the start. Companies around the world will face these challenges when the lockdowns end and economies slowly restart – while Covid-19 challenges still linger. The “new normal” will have to include more resilient operations, broader health considerations, new workstyles, better government-business cooperation, and a lot of smart technology.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Martin SCHULZ is Chief Policy Economist in the Strategy Planning Division of Fujitsu Ltd, Japan’s leading ICT services company. His work focuses on the economics of technology, corporate strategy, market analytics and economic policy. He is widely quoted in international media, with regular interviews at CNBC, Bloomberg, the BBC, etc.
Previously, Martin was a research fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute, a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan and University of Tokyo, assistant professor at Free University Berlin in Germany, and guest professor at a number of universities in Europe and Japan.