logo #CWCJAPAN19 19–20 February 2019


Two Day Summit Schedule


Day One

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Welcome Breakfast & Registration

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Opening Remarks


Nobuo Tanaka - Chairman - The Sasakawa Peace FoundationNobuo TanakaChairmanThe Sasakawa Peace FoundationFormer Executive DirectorThe International Energy Agency (IEA)


Opening Keynote Addresses


Masato Sasaki - Director, Oil & Gas Division - Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)Masato SasakiDirector, Oil & Gas DivisionMinistry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)
Yuji Kakimi - President - JERA Co. Inc.Yuji KakimiPresidentJERA Co. Inc.
Kentaro Kimoto - Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive of Gas Resources & Energy Production Division  - Tokyo GasKentaro KimotoManaging Executive Officer, Chief Executive of Gas Resources & Energy Production Division Tokyo Gas


SESSION 1: Understanding the Dynamic Japanese LNG Market & its Role in the Global Gas Industry


MODERATOR: Nobuo Tanaka - Chairman - The Sasakawa Peace FoundationMODERATOR: Nobuo TanakaChairmanThe Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Masato Sasaki - Director, Oil & Gas Division - Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)Masato SasakiDirector, Oil & Gas DivisionMinistry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)
John McCarrick - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy - U.S. State DepartmentJohn McCarrickDeputy Assistant Secretary for Energy DiplomacyU.S. State Department
Sunao Nakamura - Senior Executive Officer, Energy Transactions and Projects Department - JERASunao NakamuraSenior Executive Officer, Energy Transactions and Projects DepartmentJERA

  • Government energy strategy: Recent review process and relevant updates

   -How much LNG will Japan consume in the upcoming years?

   -What will be the role of nuclear and coal in the energy mix?

   -How much energy will come from renewable sources?

  • Deregulation of Japan’s gas and power markets - uncertainty and competition

- How are the main Japanese utilities and gas players adapting to this challenging situation?

  • The future of LNG contracts in Japan: Shorter terms and greater flexibility

   -What will drive LNG sourcing decisions for Japanese buyers in the upcoming years?

   -How are Japanese buyers moving to this new shorter-term market?

   -What can suppliers do to better adapt their offerings?

  • Japan in a global LNG context

   -U.S. exports, trade agreement and new supply coming from 2018

   -How much supply will come from Russia, Qatar and Australia after the current contracts expire?

  -What does the MOU with the European Commission mean for the Japanese LNG market?


Networking Coffee Break

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SESSION 2: The New Paradigm of the Asian LNG Market


MODERATOR: Hikaru Yamada - President - Sprint Capital Japan LtdMODERATOR: Hikaru YamadaPresidentSprint Capital Japan Ltd
Akihiro Kasegawa - Deputy Director, Trade Practices Research Office - Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)Akihiro KasegawaDeputy Director, Trade Practices Research OfficeJapan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)
Christopher Goncalves - Chair & Managing Director, Energy - BRG, LLCChristopher GoncalvesChair & Managing Director, EnergyBRG, LLC
Manish Tiwari - Vice President - Origination, Trading & Marketing - H-EnergyManish TiwariVice President - Origination, Trading & MarketingH-Energy
Hiroyasu Konno -  Counsel - Nishimura & AsahiHiroyasu Konno CounselNishimura & Asahi

A) Analysing the Drivers and Legal Implications of JFTC’s report:
How will the end of destination clauses impact LNG sales and trades in Asia and globally?

B) Exploring Flexibility in Asia: What will be the role of the region in balancing supply and demand?

  • How are the main Japanese buyers reacting to JFTC’s recommendations?
  • What does destination flexibility mean for sellers and how are they adapting their plans?
  • How are sellers adapting their contract strategies to meet buyers’ requirements?
  • What will buyers want to see in future LNG procurement agreements?
  • Where are the main regional market opportunities to release contracted volumes?
  • Will China, India, South Korea and other relevant buyers in the region follow?
  • How is the role of Japanese buyers evolving in this flexible, shorter term market?
  • What will be the future role of Japanese trading houses?
  • When will we see the next long-term contract? And how long will it be?

Networking Lunch


SESSION 3: Supply & Demand – The Next Wave of LNG Suppliers & Buyers


MODERATOR: Nicholas Browne - Head of Asia Gas & Power Research - Wood MackenzieMODERATOR: Nicholas BrowneHead of Asia Gas & Power ResearchWood Mackenzie
Kathleen Eisbrenner - Chairman - NextDecade CorporationKathleen EisbrennerChairmanNextDecade Corporation
Tom Earl - Chief Commercial Officer - Venture Global LNGTom EarlChief Commercial OfficerVenture Global LNG
Ryosuke Tsugaru - Chief Executive - Diamond Gas International Pte. Ltd (DGI), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi CorporationRyosuke TsugaruChief ExecutiveDiamond Gas International Pte. Ltd (DGI), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation
Matt Sullivan - Senior Manager - Commercial - Jordan Cove LNGMatt SullivanSenior Manager - CommercialJordan Cove LNG
John Baguley - Chief Operating Officer - LNG LimitedJohn BaguleyChief Operating OfficerLNG Limited

  • Where will the next wave of LNG supply projects come from?
    • U.S., Mozambique, Russia
  • What will be the role of Japan in absorbing that supply?
  • Which are the other relevant markets for LNG imports in the region?
  • What are buyers looking for in this new flexible context?
  • What innovative approaches are we seeing to transacting LNG in the long, medium and short term?
  • How are LNG developers bringing cost down?

Networking Coffee Break

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SESSION 4: Panel Discussion – Financing: Exploring New Trends & Business Models in Project Finance


MODERATOR: Christopher Goncalves - Chair & Managing Director - Energy, BRG, LLCMODERATOR: Christopher GoncalvesChair & Managing DirectorEnergy, BRG, LLC
Ken Tomisaki - Head of Project Finance, Energy & Mines - SMBCKen TomisakiHead of Project Finance, Energy & MinesSMBC
Tomonori Miyagawa - Structured Finance Division - Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJTomonori MiyagawaStructured Finance DivisionBank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
John McClenahan - Partner, Projects & Infrastructure - King & SpaldingJohn McClenahanPartner, Projects & InfrastructureKing & Spalding
Daein Cha - Managing Director - Transborders Energy Pty LtdDaein ChaManaging DirectorTransborders Energy Pty Ltd

  • How can banks maximise their participation in LNG projects in this new shorter term market?
  • Understanding and optimizing risk allocation among the value chain
  • Identifying regional financing challenges and opportunities
  • Will supply project take FID in the current environment?
  • Addressing creditworthiness issues in emerging markets
  • Source financing and examples from the U.S. and Europe. How are banks managing exposure?

End of Summit Day One

17:00  -  19:00

CWC Japan LNG & Gas Summit Drinks Reception

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Location: Luminous Room, 3rd Floor, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Tokyo


Day Two

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Welcome Coffee


Opening Remarks


Hide Kato - Director, Japan - Wood MackenzieHide KatoDirector, JapanWood Mackenzie


SESSION 5: Opening New Markets and Building New Demand in Asia


MODERATOR: Thanasis Kofinakos - Director, Gas & LNG Consulting, North East Asia - Wood MackenzieMODERATOR: Thanasis KofinakosDirector, Gas & LNG Consulting, North East AsiaWood Mackenzie
Yoshikazu Kobayashi - Senior Economist - The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)Yoshikazu KobayashiSenior EconomistThe Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Kentaro Horisaka - General Manager, Global Business Planning Department - Tokyo GasKentaro HorisakaGeneral Manager, Global Business Planning DepartmentTokyo Gas
Ken Yamaguchi - General Manager, Gas Business Development Division - MitsuiKen YamaguchiGeneral Manager, Gas Business Development DivisionMitsui
Momoyo Yuki - Senior Manager, Overseas Projects - JAPEXMomoyo YukiSenior Manager, Overseas ProjectsJAPEX
Hitendra Solanki - VP - Commercial - Swan EnergyHitendra SolankiVP - CommercialSwan Energy

  • Asia & Japan demand outlook

    -How much gas is going to Japan and Asia?

    -Who are the main players supplying the region?

  • What’s the appetite for LNG from existing markets and where will new demand come from?
  • How are Japanese companies building demand in other Asian countries?
  • What does Japan need to do to maximise the potential for small-scale LNG markets in Southeast Asia?
  • What do countries in Asia need in order to establish a long-term sustainable LNG business?
  • What are the main partnership opportunities for international companies?
  • How can government, private companies and banks work together to overcome creditworthiness and financial risks?
  • Will FSRUs be the most suitable option for small and medium sized new markets?

Networking Coffee Break


SESSION 6: Deregulation & Optimisation – Increasing Market Access through LNG Infrastructure


MODERATOR: Hikaru Yamada - President - Sprint Capital Japan LtdMODERATOR: Hikaru YamadaPresidentSprint Capital Japan Ltd
Kenta Matsuzaka - Executive Officer - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd Kenta MatsuzakaExecutive OfficerMitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd
José Simón - SVP Global Gas - IberdrolaJosé SimónSVP Global GasIberdrola
Jonathan Westby - Co-Managing Director, Energy Marketing & Trading - CentricaJonathan WestbyCo-Managing Director, Energy Marketing & TradingCentrica
Chen Weidong - Chair & Former Chief Energy Researcher of CNOOC - DFS Energy ConsultantChen WeidongChair & Former Chief Energy Researcher of CNOOCDFS Energy Consultant

LNG import terminal utilisation

  • How can Asia standardise best practices for market and infrastructure access?
  • What lessons can be learned from maximising terminal access in Europe?
  • What are the main challenges in opening up terminals and LNG infrastructure in Japan?
  • How can gas and electricity companies benefit from a liberalised market?
  • What other infrastructure development does the market require?

A focus on trends in LNG shipping

  • What is the state of the fleet and the order book?
  • Will small-scale LNG ships become more economical to build?
  • Pooling and optimisation of shipping – what can we expect?
  • The expected added value of the Panama canal

Networking Lunch


SESSION 7: Panel Discussion – Will LNG as a Fuel Become a Relevant Source of Demand in the Region?


MODERATOR: Mark Bell - General Manager - The Society for Gas as a Marine FuelMODERATOR: Mark BellGeneral ManagerThe Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel
Masamichi Morooka - President & CEO - Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port CorporationMasamichi MorookaPresident & CEOYokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation
Tatsuo Masuda - Chairman - FairCourt Capital GroupTatsuo MasudaChairmanFairCourt Capital Group
Koji Shinozaki - Senior General Manager, Fuel Group - NYK Line Koji ShinozakiSenior General Manager, Fuel GroupNYK Line


  • What are the main benefits and challenges of LNG as a transportation fuel?
  • Where are the current opportunities and potential in the Japanese market?
  • How is Japan driving investment in the gas powered transport sector?
  • Will Yokohama port become a regional bunkering centre?
  • What are the key drivers for investing in LNG fuelled vehicles?
  • What lessons can be learnt from Europe in developing the LNG fuels market?
  • Will we see electric cars becoming a strong competitor in Asia in the upcoming years?

Networking Coffee Break


SESSION 8: Panel Discussion – The Growing Spot Market in Japan


Eriko Amaha - Associate Editor, LNG - S&P Global PlattsEriko AmahaAssociate Editor, LNGS&P Global Platts
Katsumi Kuroda - Senior Advisor - Cheniere Marketing Ltd Katsumi KurodaSenior AdvisorCheniere Marketing Ltd
Ted Toyoda - Head of Trading - Asia LNG - BPTed ToyodaHead of Trading - Asia LNGBP
Tobias Davis - Head of LNG Broking - Tullett PrebonTobias DavisHead of LNG BrokingTullett Prebon
Thomas McMahon - Former CEO & MD - Singapore Mercantile ExchangeThomas McMahonFormer CEO & MDSingapore Mercantile Exchange


  • What would Japan need in order to become a relevant LNG trading hub?
  • How much volume is likely to be traded short term and spot in Japan by 2020?
  • What are the main regional and global implications of a more liquid market?
  • Understanding pricing structures and mechanisms
  • Will we see a strong trading hub developing in Asia in the next few years?
  • What are the traders’ main strengths and how can they keep their important role in Japan’s LNG value chain?
  • Understanding the role of technology, transparency and standardisation with regards indexes
  • How are the different spot indices developing in terms of volumes, players, liquidity and transparency?
  • What will be the role of non-Asian price indices in Japan contracts?


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