We are delighted to announce that we are ready to host the 8th event of the "Chicago Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Japan" (CHIEFJ).


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SMBC Shibuya-Nishi building 6F
28-4, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, Japan

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Event Details

This time Marc Bookman, '87 will be discussing the future of blockchain and crypto-currency. Other guest speakers includes Mr. Yuzo Kano, CEO of Bitflyer and Mr. So Saito, Attorney and non-executive Director of Bitfyer.

Program (the session will be held in English or Japanese.)
6:15pm Reception Opens
6:30pm - 6:35pm Opening remark: Mr. Osamu Yamamoto, MBA'93, President of the Booth Alumni Club of Japan
6:35pm -7:00pm Introduction to Blockchain, Tokenization, & ICOs:  Mr. Marc Bookman, MBA'87, Serial Entrepreneur
7:00pm - 7:25pm Japan Legal Framework for Virtual Currency: Mr. So Saito, Attorney and non-executive Director of Bitfyer
7:35pm-8:00pm Cryptocurrency Exchanges & Trading Strategies: Mr. Yuzo Kano, CEO of BitFlyer
8:30pm-9:30pm Networking


¥3,000 YEN per person

The participation fee will be used solely for venue & event operational expenses.

* This event is supported by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).


Register Online

Limited seating, sign up early. 

Deadline: 10/16/2018

Speaker Profiles

Marc Bookman, '87 (Speaker)
Serial entrepreneur

Marc Bookman serves as CEO of Opu Labs, SOBRS Entertainment and Sentius Corp. He has over twenty-five years of industry experience, including seven years with Sony. His expertise is in the areas of company formation, IP, product development, and venture financing. Marc also has extensive experience with search, digital content, and mobility and has a dozen patents as inventor or key contributor. He is currently working on two blockchain related ventures. 

Yuzo Kano (Speaker)
Co-founder and CEO, Bitflyer

Yuzo Kano is co-founder and CEO of bitFlyer, Inc. Prior to co-founding bitFlyer in January 2014, he worked at Goldman Sachs developing settlement systems, and later as an Equities Derivatives and Convertible Bonds Trader at Goldman Sachs, focusing on market making for institutional investors as well as principal trading and financing for corporations. Yuzo currently serves as the representative director of the Japan Blockchain Association (JBA).

So Saito (Speaker)
Principal and Representative Lawyer and non-executive director of Bitflyer, So Law Office

So Saito is a founder of So Law Office. He is an attorney-at-law admitted in Japan and NY, and specialized in finance law, IT law and corporation law for 16 years. His current main practice areas are Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech law.


Shinichi Sato, '06 (AXP-5)