Driving ACES – Panel discussion with Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover

May 21, 2019 19:00 - 21:00

Joint Event

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An evening event on the topic of ACES - Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared vehicles, co-hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

The automotive industry is changing at an unprecedented rate. Technologies such as automated driver assist systems (ADAS) and connected and automated vehicles (CAV) have the potential to transform the transportation industry and, in turn, our daily lives. 

Automated, connected, and electric (ACE) automotive technologies will create new mobility paradigms, spur on the establishment of new companies, and drive new business and revenue models. As well as changing how human beings move around a city, these revolutionary vehicle technologies and mobility services will quickly contribute to advancing the shared economy.

On the evening of May 21, we will discover that the ACES - Automated, Connected, Electric and Shared vehicles - transition is happening sooner, rather than later. Join us for a special event on the topic of ACES to be held at the Embassy of Sweden. 

Following a drinks reception, guests are invited to attend a panel discussion featuring:


  • Magnus Hansson - CEO, Jaguar Land Rover Japan Ltd.
  • Takayuki Kimura - CEO, Volvo Cars Japan
  • Martin Krantz - Founder and CEO, Smart Eye              


  • Yumi Kawabata - Automotive and environmental journalist


About the speakers

Takayuki Kimura, CEO, Volvo Cars Japan

Mr. Kimura started out his career in Toyota Motor Corporation before joining Fast Retailing serving as Director, Sales and Store Operation. Coming back to the Japanese automotive industry in 2008, Mr. Kimura joined Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. were he worked as Senior Manager in the Global Marketing and Sales Department before taking up the responsibility for Nissan Indonesia followed up by heading the operation as President for Nissan Motor Asia Pacific, based in Thailand. Mr Kimura has been the President and CEO of Volvo Car Japan Ltd. since 2014. 


Magnus Hansson, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover Japan Ltd.

Mr. Hansson started his career in Saab Automobile Ltd. in Gothenburg in 2000 where he advanced to Manager at Saab Canada - General Motors of Canada Ltd. In 2010 he took on responsibility as Managing Director, Saab Sweden & Regional Director, Nordic at Saab Nordic Ltd. in Trollhättan, Sweden. In 2012 Mr. Hansson joined Nissan Global Ltd. as Director, Asia/Pacific Product Planning, based in Hong Kong before joining Jaguar Land Rover Japan as Representative Director and CEO in 2013. 


Martin Krantz, Founder and CEO, Smart Eye  

Martin Krantz has been CEO of Smart Eye, a company on the forefront of groundbreaking eye tracking systems widely implemented in aerospace, automotive, aviation, clinical research and more. Martin graduated Chalmers University of Technology and currently serves on the Member Board of Directors at 1928 Diagnostics. He is currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden.





Yumi Kawabata, Automotive and environmental journalist

Yumi Kawabata is an automotive and environmental journalist, specialising in advanced technologies and solutions for the automotive industry.

She worked for Sumitomo Electric Industries as a design engineer for 3 years before switching to automotive writing and editing at NAVI and Car Graphic Magazines (Nigensha Publishing), where she worked as staff editor for 7 years. After that, she expanded her focus to include international automotive and environmental publications including Car and Driver Shanghai (China), 車主 (Hong Kong), New Delhi TV (India) and Lighthouse (CA, USA). She also contributes to Japanese publications including Forbes Japan online, Business insider Japan, Wedge, Car Graphic, Motor Fan Illustrated, Nikkei online, Mainichi online, Toyo Keizai online. Her reports appear serially at Forbes Japan, Magazine X, DIgimono Station.

She is also a jury member of the International Engine of the year and expert of World Car of the Year, and a regular member of Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan. In 2017, she embarked on a new challenge, as Innovation Director of Roland Berger Tokyo - an arm of the largest strategy consulting company in Europe. 

Yumi also works in an advisory capacity for the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry, the Environment Ministry, the Prime Minister's Cabinet Secretariat and the National Police Agency. She received a Masters of Engineering from Gunma University.



  • Strictly first come, first served basis.
  • Deadline for registration, payment and cancellation is May 20.
  • There can be no refunds after this date. 

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Venue Information

Embassy of Sweden
1-10-3-100 Roppongi Minato-ku


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Member Cost: ¥3,000

Non-Members Cost: ¥6,000