This forum is the finale to the 100th anniversary exhibition tour that has traveled around the world this year to express gratitude to customers and partners, and to showcase how Panasonic has contributed to society over the past century. The exhibition comprises a keynote speech by President Kazuhiro Tsuga, a "symposium" featuring special lectures by experts from various fields, and the "general exhibition," which showcases Panasonic's future vision for "A Better Life, A Better World."
On opening day, President Tsuga gave a keynote address on "Offering new lifestyles toward the next 100 years - How can Panasonic transform itself from a CE company?" In the latter half of the keynote speech, he welcomed Mr. Makoto Kouyama, CEO of Alibaba Japan and Mr. Ken Kusunoki, Professor of Hitotsubashi University School of International Corporate Strategy as panelists as well as Mr. Nobukata Murao, former newscaster and Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University, as the moderator to discuss how they can co-create the future.
During the course of the week, over 100 "special lectures", by global leaders who have led structural transformation within their organizations, "leaders' sessions" with experts from various fields, "business sessions" where Panasonic's top executives will speak about its business vision and aspirations, and "seminars" where the company's latest technologies, solutions, and activities will be introduced, will be held.
In the Lobby Gallery, visitors can find the "Panasonic's 100-Year Journey" corner, a look back at a century in which Panasonic has placed people first and contributed to society through its epoch-making home appliances.
In the "General Exhibition" area located in Hall E (B2F), Panasonic is introducing its vision for the near future (~2030) introducing six key societal themes ranging from robotics, mobility and sensing technology to the next generation of smart living. Each has a "Theme Presentation" which describes the future vision, as well as the technologies that will make it possible to deliver "A Better Life, A Better World".
In Hall B7, a forum for open innovation, "NEXT 100," is serving as a platform for discussing businesses of the future with various partners. Panasonic is introducing its efforts to develop new businesses, while challengers, from both Panasonic and other firms, will present on a wide range of themes. A talk show with star guests from startup companies will also be held.
[Panasonic's 100-Year Journey]
This section is introducing products from the early years of Panasonic, dawn of home appliances, and from during the home electrification boom. Under the themes, "audio," "for kids," "information and communications," "helping women's social advancement," "video," and "innovations in air conditioning," Panasonic is showcasing products that helped realize a better life and a better society.
A specially created video is shown on a gigantic, 7m tall, 25m wide screen, showcasing Panasonic's commitment to a better future, and to updating each and everyone's lifestyle.
Six theme/technology exhibits
This area is introducing Panasonic's integrated home platform and the latest innovations in home appliances and homes that adjust to diversifying lifestyles and place residents first.
This section is introducing future concepts for homes, personal mobility, and Panasonic's smart town initiatives that help bring residents together. The living environments Panasonic proposes will evolve with the residents.
This area is introducing Panasonic's efforts in community-based electric mobility services that will help invigorate towns by meticulously integrating the movement of people and things.
This corner is introducing accessibility solutions for airports and cities, as well as live sport presentation solutions that will help create an attractive, energetic city.
GEMBA PROCESS INNOVATION
This area is introducing solutions for Gemba Process Innovation that combine Panasonic's unparalleled technologies with the know-how it has acquired through its manufacturing activities by addressing challenges that the manufacturing, logistics, and distribution industries have faced.
Introducing how Panasonic will create value, undertake R&D and manufacturing activities in the coming century, and how this will change through digitalization and the convergence of real and virtual worlds.
Environment Vision 2050/Corporate Citizenship Activities
This is introducing Panasonic's efforts in realizing its Environment Vision 2050, "Energy used < Energy created", which includes zero CO2 emission factories, and one of its corporate citizenship activities "Solutions for Non-electrified Regions.", which Panasonic is undertaking with hope of alleviating poverty.
Employees working hard to create new businesses, pioneers and successful people from other companies will talk passionately about creating a better future.
"NEXT100" will run until November 2. No pre-registration is necessary.
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