Webinar Details

Despite the successful containment of the pandemic in its first stage, Korea is now seeing another spike in infections, and social distancing measures have been reintroduced without the specific date of lifting for now. In this atmosphere when having an in-person session is still difficult, we would like to invite you for a casual virtual lunch discussion where we will present our latest forecast on Korean economy and would like to hear your thoughts about the current situation.

For participants in Seoul we would like to deliver a complimentary lunch from Four Seasons Hotel as an option for you so that we can share our meals while having this discussion. If you'd like to accept our lunch offer, please make sure to fill in the address field of the registration form.

The conversation will be held via Zoom and we would encourage all participants to join with their audio and video on. In order to make the discussion as interactive as possible, we are limiting the number of participants to 1 person per company.

Join us on Thursday, June 25 at 12:00pm-13:00pm to discuss the outlook for business and economy in Korea.

*Please note that this webinar is restricted to members of ECN. Per invitation only.


  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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  • Dimitry Rakin (Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Dimitry Rakin

    Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Dimitry Rakin is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

    Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

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