The Asiatic Society 
of Japan


Next Lecture: 2019.3.4 (details below)



Monday, March 4, 2019 18:30
Professor Hitoshi Suga, International College of Liberal Arts, Yamanashi Gakuin University 
"The Ups and Downs of Tully's Coffee Japan...and Beyond"
Temple University, Japan Campus, Minami Azabu 2-8-12 (1F), Minato-ku, Tokyo 102-0094

Professor Hitoshi Suga—social visionary, scholar, and one of Japan’s leading venture capitalists—will talk about the origin and success of Tully’s Japan. Professor Suga will relate the story of Tully’s remarkable founding, growth, and challenges. Having started from one small shop in Ginza in 1997 by a Japanese entrepreneur in his twenties, Tully’s is now a "Top 3" specialty coffee chain in Japan with more than 700 stores (now owned by Ito En, Inc.).

As Co-founder and former Vice Chairman and Board Member of Tully's Coffee Japan Company, Professor Suga was there from the very beginning. Those interested in the history, current state, and future of entrepreneurship in Japan should join to hear the exciting story of a Heisei Era history-maker who helped to build an iconic Japanese company from scratch. This is also an opportunity to hear from Professor Suga how entrepreneurialism is central to positive social change and prosperity.

Professor Suga served 24 years with Mitsui & Co. in Japan and abroad. He is currently Associate Dean and Professor at iCLA (International College of Liberal Arts), Yamanashi Gakuin University. Professor Suga holds degrees from Waseda and Harvard and has taught at taught at Keio University, Kyoto University, and Akita International University.

Membership Renewal
May we remind Members who have not yet renewed their Asiatic Society of Japan membership for this year to do so please by remitting the subscription amount (Regular Membership: ¥11,000) to one of ASJ's account as follows:

• Postal transfer to Japan Postal Account No. 00120-0-167991
• Bank transfer to MUFG Bank [三菱UFJ銀行], Aoyama-dori Branch, Ordinary Account No. 1048353
• Payment by U.S. dollar cheque is also acceptable

Interim Council Documents
In May 2018, an Interim Council was appointed by the remaining Councilors of Council 2018 (i.e., the Councilors who had not resigned in 2018Q1) to replace them.  Per the terms of appointment, the Interim Council's purpose has been: (i) to stabilize the governance and operations of the Society; and, (ii) to implement measures to reduce the risk of collapse of governance and operations in the future. Important data, analysis reports, and associated recommendations of the Interim Council may be downloaded from the following link: