Seminar on Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0

VOKA (, Flanders’ overarching Chamber of Commerce and largest business network with roughly 18.000 members, organizes a yearly “innovation tour” for selected Flemish companies to learn about the macro-economic situation, overall venture climate and partnership opportunities in countries outside the EU. This year the participants will be visiting dozens of AI, Fintech, robotics, healthcare companies and academic institutions in the Tokyo region throughout a 4-day program.


The key theme for the 2019 Tokyo chapter is “Industry 4.0 & Society 5.0“, and on Monday 16 December from 9:00 till 10:30 AM a seminar on this topic will be held at the Belgian Embassy in Kojimachi.

The 2 invited guest speakers have extraordinary ties with innovation thinking, are both deeply rooted in Japan, and have an affinity with the Moonshot program. This is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from people who are in the disruptive driving seat.


Dr. Lorenz Granrath (

Dr. Granrath is an experienced “technology transfer expert” moving between public and private research laboratories, companies and public administrations to realize technological developments in a globalized environment. As Supervisory Innovation Coordinator at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) his recent focus is Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0, Society 5.0. With an impressive track record in international collaboration and technical expertise on the verge of the academic and business spheres, Dr. Granrath is a frequent speaker at panel discussions and events covering our key theme.


Mr. Patrick Newell ( &

Patrick calls himself a Catalyst, Activist and Learning Future Moderator who connects people, companies and organizations with their potential future. He has created learning models, processes and frameworks to shift the mindset and reach a creative collective intelligence. He has co-founded the Tokyo International School in 1995 and established Living Dreams in 2006, an NPO that enriches the lives of orphans. In 2008 he launched TEDx Tokyo, the first series of TEDx events outside of USA. In 2017, Patrick piloted a membership program with Singularity University and 10 large Japanese enterprises with the objective to align with the fast paced exponential technological change. Patrick is also a documentary maker and author. He has recently published a new book laying out a vision for Japan by 2030.


The seminar is open to BLCCJ members. Note that the presentations will be given in English (no translation).


The seminar is free of charge, but prior registration is required.

Please send your full name, title and company name to by Wednesday 11 December 17:00.


参加費:   Free
参加対象:   Members only / 会員限定
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