TBLI Asia 2011 was held in Tokyo, at the Four Seasons, in the year of Fukushima and the Tsunami. For TBLI it was our most challenging event, as many of the sponsors pulled out and because of radiation fears, attendance dropped, so financially it was very tough.
The event was spectacular, with respect to content and quality of attendees. I particularly enjoyed the speech by Hiroshi Komiyama and Doris Schoneman. Hiroshi Komiyama, Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. spoke on The Revitalization for Japan – The Platinum Society. He described the Platinum society as a vision of the 21st century based upon ecological balance, with the participation by all including seniors, lifelong learning, abundant in job opportunities, creating a sustainable society. This would be achieved by what he called green, silver, gold and various innovations.
Doris Schoneman, Vice-Chairperson – Swiss Federal Social Security Fund AVS/AI/APG gave an excellent talk about the need for pension funds to radically change.
The person who really made the event a reality was George Curuby, by providing the support and resources for the event to take place. We will be eternally in his debt. George Thank you.
Here are some impressions of the event.
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