International Real Estate Conference 2019
JAPAN - Gateway to the World


Monday, September 2nd


Presentation: Global Real Estate Market Trends

Lawrence Yun
Lawrence Yun (Presenter)
Chief Economist, National Association of REALTORS

Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®. He oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.3 million REALTOR® members.

Dr. Yun creates NAR’s forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, among them the Blue Chip Council and the Wall Street Journal Forecasting Survey. He also participates in the Industrial Economists Discussion Group at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress. Dr. Yun has appeared as a guest on CSPAN’s Washington Journal and is a regular guest columnist on the Forbes website and The Hill, an “inside the beltway” publication on public affairs. Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.


Panel Discussion: The Future of Japanese Real Estate Industry from an International Perspective

Robert M. White
Robert M. White (Panelist)
Founder and President, Real Capital Analytics

Robert M. White, Jr., CRE, FRICS, is the founder and president of Real Capital Analytics Inc. Real Capital Analytics provides real time data concerning the capital markets for commercial real estate and the values of commercial properties. The firm maintains offices in New York City, San Jose (CA), The Netherlands, Singapore and London. It has over 1000 clients, including the industry’s leading brokerage firms, institutional advisors, REITs, developers, foreign investors and banks. Mr. White is a noted authority on the real estate capital markets with credits in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Economist, Forbes, New York Times, Financial Times, among others. In addition, he was named one of National Real Estate Investor Magazine’s “Ten to Watch” in 2005, Institutional Investor’s “20 Rising Stars of Real Estate” in 2006, and Real Estate Forum’s “10 CEOs to Watch” in 2007. Previously, Mr. White spent 14 years in the real estate investment banking and brokerage industry and has orchestrated billions of commercial sales, acquisitions and recapitalizations. He was formerly a managing director and principal of Granite Partners LLC and spent nine years with Eastdil Realty in New York and London. Mr. White is a Counselor of Real Estate, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Homer Hoyt Institute. He is also a member of numerous industry organizations and a supporter of academic studies. Mr. White is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Tadataka Minamimura
Tadataka Minamimura (Panelist)
President and CEO, Daiichi Juken Co., Ltd.
Director, All Japan Real Estate Association Managing Director, Real Estate Guarantee Association

He is the President and CEO of Daiichi Juken Co., Ltd. that he founded in 1991. Since 1997, he has worked on developing the Real Estate Information Network System (REINS), which is the key real estate information system in Japan, and promoting the use of information technology in the real estate industry. He was appointed as the Director of the All Japan Real Estate Association and the general manager of its Hyogo Prefectural Chapter in 2011, and has been in charge of exchanges with real estate organizations around the world (NAR, etc.) as a chairperson responsible for its international exchange division since 2015.
He has also served as a member of the Real Estate Comprehensive Database Development Committee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; a member of the Kobe City Committee for the Creation of Measures against Vacant Premises; and the Vice President of the Kinki Real Estate Information Network System. He is a certified instructor for the Real Estate Transaction Agent course and an instructor for the Real Estate Guarantee Association Training and gives lectures in private companies. He is a member of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. He is a Real Estate Transaction Agent and a Senior Real Estate Transaction Agent (Real Estate Meister).

Jeff Foo
Jeff Foo (Panelist)
Past President, Institute of Estate Agents, Singapore.
Member Board of International Directors(NAR) - 2012, 2017 & 2018.

Jeff began his career in real estate in1980, granted a license to operate a real estate agency in1984. After four years of partnership, he sold his shares and established; M/S: JEFF REALTY in 1988. His firm deals in a niche boutique market, serving clienteles and managing properties for both individual local and absentee landlords/ owners. He had appeared as Expert Witness for Court Hearings related to real estate practices in Singapore. He was involved in conducting workshop for Real Estate Agents’ Courses in the 1990s before Common Examination for House Agents (CEHA) was introduced in 1996. He also taught the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Course in Malaysia, Cambodia and Singapore.

He continues to promote interaction among Realtors sharing views on real estate related issues and how changes can help improve the profession. He gets invitation to speak at events of numerous licensed agencies and oversea organizations. He has spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Europe and Muscat, Oman. He organised the 1st Asia Pacific Real Estate Convention & Expo (APRECE) 2013 in Singapore. Over 600 real estate professionals attended the 4-day event with participation from over 15 countries in the Asia Pacific & beyond.

Koichiro Obu
Koichiro Obu (Panelist)
Director, DWS Investments Japan Limited
Head, Research & Strategy Asia Pacific

Koichiro Obu is a Director of DWS Investments Japan Limited and Head of research and strategy for Alternatives Asia Pacific. He joined Deutsche Securities Inc. in 2007 and since then he has been responsible for building and coordinating coverage of real estate markets in Asia Pacific including Japan. Prior to joining Deutsche, he was Head of real estate and construction team at Corporate Research Department in Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) in Tokyo covering the Japanese real estate and construction markets. Before then, he was a senior research analyst at London branch of Sumitomo for six years covering the real estate and telecom sectors in Europe since 2001. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo. He is the author of “Asia Pacific Strategic Outlook” semi annual paper and “Japan Quarterly” real estate research paper and a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.

Masayuki Nakagawa
Masayuki Nakagawa (Moderator)
Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University
Ph.D. in Economics (Osaka University)

Masayuki Nakagawa previously served at the Ministry of Construction, and was associate professor at Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University, and Director of Urban Development Finance, Urban Policy Division, City and Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Research Field:Urban economics and Public economics

“A Behavioral Perspective on Earthquake Risk Management: To Design a New Social System” (2012, Jointly edited with Makoto Saito: Keiso Shobo)
“Public Economics and Urban Policy” (2008, Nippon Hyoron Sha: Received Publication Award from Association of Urban Housing Sciences in 2009)
“Economical Analysis of Urban Housing Policy” (2003, Nippon Hyoron Sha: Received Nikkei Cultural Award for Books on Economics and NIRA Ookita Policy Research Award in 2003, and received Best Book Award from Association of Urban Housing Sciences in 2005)

Tuesday, September 3rd


Presentation: Roles and effects of real estate expected for tourism and regional revitalization

Alex Kerr
Alex Kerr (Presenter)
Director, NPO Chiiori Trust

Alex Kerr came to Yokohama with his family as a child in 1964, and has lived in Kameoka (near Kyoto) since 1977. Alex writes in both English and Japanese, and is author of numerous books on Japan, including Lost Japan (1993), Dogs and Demons (2001), Nippon Keikanron “Theory of Japanese Landscape” (2014), Another Kyoto (2016) and Kanko Bokokuron (2019).
In addition to his involvement in traditional arts in Kyoto, Alex worked as Japan representative of American real estate developer Trammell Crow in the 1980s. He’s known for his work on restoration of old houses and regional revitalization, having restored over forty houses in towns around Japan. Alex speaks to groups across Japan about ways to revive their local economies by preserving cultural heritage and developing sustainable tourism.


Panel Discussion:
Challenges Japan and the World Face and Real Estate Industry
-the declining birthrate and aging society, environment, city and province-

Kaori Nomura
Kaori Nomura (Panelist)
Japan Network Coordinator, UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

Kaori Nomura is Japan Network Coordinator at UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector with a mission to promote sustainable finance. She concurrently served as an Associate at Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). She worked for Alliance Bernstein and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, engaged in global fixed income portfolio management as an assistant and as an application developer. She received her M.A. in International and Administrative Policy from The School of International and Public Policy of Hitotsubashi University, and she holds a B.A. in Commerce from Hitotsubashi University.

Yoshihiko Oshima
Yoshihiko Oshima (Panelist)
Creative Director, Executive Managing Director, Blue studio Co., Ltd.
Vice President, Board Member, Renovation Council

Born in Tokyo. Mr. Yoshihiko joined Blue studio Co., Ltd in 2000 and started architectural planning, architecture and consulting business with the flag of ‘RE-INNOVATION’ under the theme of rebirth and value maximization of idle asset. Recent years, he has engaged in rebirth of housing complex and city-scale-rebirth projects like rebirth of central city area. He received a gold distinction in the 2016 Good Design Prize (Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award).

Parikshat Chawla
Parikshat Chawla (Panelist)
Director Global Project Management, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE)

Parikshat Chawla (PC) has been working with LeadingRE since 2017, and is based in Singapore. In his current role of Director Global Project Management he is responsible for designing and implementing programs to not only serve our global community of almost 600 real estate companies in more than 70 countries but also creating additional revenue streams.

Originally from India, PC has lived and worked in multiple countries such as the USA, UK, UAE and Singapore. He started his career in banking after completing his MBA in the USA and moved to real estate a few years later. For the last decade, he has been involved in various roles including managing project marketing for one of the largest agencies worldwide and also heading a major developer's international marketing team. PC attends various industry events and presents on relevant topics, and also participates in panel discussions with his peers.

Yasushi Asami
Yasushi Asami (Moderator)
Professor, Tokyo University

Yasushi Asami is a professor in the Department of Urban Engineering at the University of Tokyo. His research areas include city planning, housing policy and spatial information science. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now the editor in chief of the Urban and Regional Planning Review, and an associate editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science.

He published a number of papers in journals, such as Urban Affairs Review, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Urban Studies, Real Estate Economics, Environment and Planning B. He edited several books such as Reflecting on Vacation Houses (“Minpaku wo Kangaeru”), Reflecting on Compact City (“Compact City wo Kangaeru”), Geographic Information Science: GIS Standards, Reflecting on Vacant Land and Vacant Houses (“Toshi no Kukanchi, Akiya wo Kangaeru”).


Presentation: Real Estate Market in various countries

Adrian Kelly
Adrian Kelly (Presenter)
President, Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA)
Chrek Soknim
Chrek Soknim (Presenter)
President, Cambodian Valuers and estate Agents Association (CVEA)
Jaya C Soedradjat
Jaya C Soedradjat (Presenter)
Head of International Relations, Association of Real Estate Broker Indonesia (AREBI)
Lim Boon Ping
Lim Boon Ping (Presenter)
President, Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA)
Undrakh Chinchuluun
Undrakh Chinchuluun (Presenter)
CEO, Real Estate Academy of Mongolia (REAM)
Alejandro Manalac
Alejandro Manalac (Presenter)
Vice President of Housing, Chamber of Real Estate & Builders Association (CREBA)
Jeff Foo
Jeff Foo (Presenter)
Past-President, Institute of Estate Agents (IEA)
Yi-Chun Chen
Yi-Chun Chen (Presenter)
Vice Chair- International Affairs Committee, Chinse Association of Real Estate Brokers
Arunee Thiemhong
Arunee Thiemhong (Presenter)
President, Thailand Real Estate Sales aand Marketing
Binh Doan
Binh Doan (Presenter)
Vice President, Vietnam National Real Estate Association (VNREA)
Nancy Suvarnamani
Nancy Suvarnamani (Moderator)
NAR Regional Coordinator Asia, NAR


Presentation: Real Estate Industry and the Latest Technology

Tomohiko Taniyama
Tomohiko Taniyama (Presenter)
Director, Bit Realty, Inc.
Senior Researcher, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

Tomohiko Taniyama is Senior Researcher at Nomura Research Institute (NRI), the largest and oldest think tank in Japan, and Director at Bit Realty, the joint-venture between Kenedix and NRI, which is established to conduct a proptech business for real estate investments. Dr. Taniyama is involved in research and data science activities for private and public institutions in the field of alternative assets, including real estate and infrastructure investments. Dr. Taniyama have been teaching at Waseda Business School, and he also served as an advisory member of the National Land Council where he leads policy making in real estate information and technologies. Dr. Taniyama received his Ph.D. in Economics from Osaka University, and he holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Keio University.

Natalia Karayaneva
Natalia Karayaneva (Presenter)
Founder & CEO, Propy Inc

Natalia Karayaneva is the CEO of Propy, a Silicon Valley proptech company revolutionizing home purchasing via blockchain. She is an award-winning real estate developer, software engineer, and a serial entrepreneur with extensive knowledge in international real estate and crypto-economics. Natalia is a frequent panelist and speaker at blockchain and proptech events globally. She is an advisor to Arrington XRP Capital and a contributor to Forbes. Natalia has a degree in Computer Engineering from Russia and a degree in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford.


Panel Discussion: Development of Real Estate Market and Investment

Jeremy Kelly
Jeremy Kelly (Panelist)
Lead Director of Global Research, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated

Jeremy Kelly is lead director of Global Research at JLL, responsible for several of the company’s flagship global research programmes including Global Real Estate Transparency, Global Market Perspective and JLL’s Cities Research. Jeremy has over 35 years’ experience in commercial property market analysis having worked on a wide range of projects across the globe. Over the last 15 years Jeremy has built JLL’s flagship Cities Research programme. He uses the work with leading corporates, developers and investors on their global strategies and expansion plans; as well as advising city governments on city competitiveness. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Cities and Urbanisation Global Future Council.
Jeremy is author of several recent JLL papers including ‘Global Real Estate Transparency Index, 2018: Data, Disclosure and Disruption’; ‘World Cities: Mapping the Pathways to Success, 2018’; ‘Global City Momentum Index, 2019’; ‘China12: China Cities Go Global, 2018’; and ‘Tokyo on the World Stage, 2014’.

Masaru Yokomizo, CCIM
Masaru Yokomizo, CCIM (Panelist)
General Manger, International Department, Mitsui Fudosan Realty Co., Ltd.

Masaru Yokomizo is General Manager at Mitsui Fudosan Realty, the largest real estate brokerage firm in Japan.
Since he joined the company in 1990, has spent time in multiple departments in Japan, U.S.A. (Los Angeles and San Diego) and China (Beijing and Shanghai). After 4 years’ tour of duty in China, he was transferred back to International Department in Tokyo HQ in 2015 and has been involved with promotion of cross-border real estate investment.
He received his B.A. from Waseda University, and holds the designation of CCIM, Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Elizabeth Mendenhall
Elizabeth Mendenhall (Panelist)
2018 President and 2019 Immediate Past President, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

A sixth-generation REALTOR®, Elizabeth is the CEO for RE/MAX Boone Realty and has been in the business for more than 20 years. As the 2018 President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, Elizabeth helped drive bold innovation, specifically aimed at heightening NAR’s communications, technology and advocacy strategies. Accomplishments include amplifying real-time member communications, championing fair housing, and positioning REALTORS® as technology advocates to further emphasize the critical nature of the role REALTORS® provide in the industry. An accomplished speaker, Elizabeth represents the association and NAR’s Leadership Team, presenting to REALTOR® and industry audiences, nationwide and abroad.

Throughout her years of service, Elizabeth has earned numerous industry accolades and awards such as the RIS Media 2018 Newsmaker Award, 2017 & 2018 Swanepoel Power 200, Columbia Area Young Professionals Athena Award Inaugural Honoree, and RE/MAX International Broker Manager of the Year. Elizabeth serves on the NAR Board of Directors, where she has served twelve times since 2005. Additionally, Elizabeth chaired the NAR Strategic Planning Committee in 2012, served as NAR Vice President of Committees in 2011 and Liaison to Association Leadership in 2008. In addition to her national work, Elizabeth has held numerous leadership positions at state and local REALTOR® associations, as well as with the Women’s Council, including 2010 President of the Missouri REALTORS ®, 2003 President of the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, and the 2004 President of the Missouri Women’s Council. NAR is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million REALTORS® involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Mark Makoto Kitabayashi
Mark Makoto Kitabayashi, (CIPS, AHWD, SRES, ASP, CSP) (Moderator)
Regional Vice-President & Ambassador to Japan/Mongolia, National Association of REALTORS

Mark is a REALTOR with Windermere Real Estate in Washington State, USA. He has been one of top producers, specialize in residential real estate. A volunteer in the community and in industries; past local president, state president, board member of NAR, Advisory Board for AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America). Award winning instructor and presenter, who enjoying teaching CIPS, & Code of Ethics.


Panel Discussion: Japanese High Quality Real Estate Development and Global Strategy of Japanese Developers

Jiro Ueda
Jiro Ueda (Panelist)
General Manager, Strategy Planning Department International Division, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jiro Ueda joined Mitsui Fudosan in 1990 and was involved in business development, driving reclaimed land development project, acquisition for commercial office building and so on. In 2005 he was transferred to fund management company for the 1st REIT in Japan Nippon Building Fund Inc. and was involved in acquisition. In 2012 he was appointed as a Managing Director of Mitsui Fudosan (Asia) Pte. Ltd. and TID Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. In 2017 he was appointed as a Managing Director of Mitsui Fudosan Investment Advisors Inc. In 2019 he assumed his current role as a General Manager, Strategy Planning Department International Division of Mitsui Fudosan.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Yokohama National University.

Yuichi Hirako
Yuichi Hirako
EXECUTIVE MANAGER,Investment Business Unit,Overseas Business Division,Overseas Planning Department, TOKYU LAND CORPORATION

Yuichi Hirako began his career in real estate with Tokyu Land Corporation in 1996. His first assignment was land acquisition and development planning for mid to high-rise apartment at Kansai Branch.
During his tenure with Tokyu Livable while on loan from Tokyu and with Residential Development Division of Tokyu Land, he was consistently engaged in development of mid to high-rise apartment for 19 years.
In April, 2015, he moved to Tokyu Fudosan Holdings and worked for Accounting Department where he led Tokyu Group's consolidated accounting.
In October, 2018, he joined again Tokyu Land Corporation and took charge of overseas investment business focused on Southeast Asia in Overseas Business Division.
Present position since April, 2019.
Yuichi Hirako graduated from Kobe University with a B.A. in Education.

Kenji Inui
Kenji Inui
General Manager, Asia and Oceania Business Department, Oversea Housing and Real Estate Division
Sumitomo Forestry Co.,Ltd

After joining Sumitomo Forestry in 1995, Mr. Inui served in the Domestic Housing Division and contributed in product development and marketing. He transferred to the Overseas Business Department in 2003 and contributed in the launch of overseas housing and real estate business. In April 2012, he became Managing Director of Sumitomo Forestry Australia, and in April 2014 the General Manager of Sumitomo Forestry (Shanghai) . He became the General Manager of Overseas Housing and Real Estate Department, Overseas Business Division in 2017, and he is at the present post since April 2019. He graduated from Keio University, the Faculty of Business and Commerce.

Naoyuki Yoshino
Naoyuki Yoshino (Moderator)
Dean, Asia Development Bank Institute
Professor Emeritus, Keio University

Naoyuki Yoshino is Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI); Professor Emeritus of Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; and Senior Adviser at the Japan Financial Services Agency’s (FSA) Financial Research Center (FSA Institute).He obtained his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, where his thesis supervisor was Sir Alan Walters (who was Margaret Thatcher’s Economic Adviser). He was appointed board of the Financial Planning Standards Board in 2007, and also served as chairperson of the Japanese Ministry of Finance’s council on Foreign Exchange and its Fiscal System Council (Fiscal Investment and Loan Program Section). He was also a board member of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan, chairperson of the Meeting of Japanese Government Bond Investors (Ministry of Finance), and was President of the Financial System Council of the Government of Japan. He is the President of Financial Education Council organized by the Central Bank of Japan, Financial Services Agency (FSA), Ministry of Education, Cabinet Ministry and private financial institutions.