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GRIPS Forum “In the Business of Improving Global Sanitation and Hygiene”

 *Please register at Registration Form  by 17:00 Thursday, January 14, 2021.  Register for this GRIPS Forum and you will receive an invitation e-mail from the Zoom online system. 

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In 2016, Kinya Seto took charge of one of the world’s largest water and housing product companies, LIXIL. For the serial entrepreneur, repositioning the Tokyo-based giant posed a new challenge. Formed through a rapid series of M&A and with approximately 60,000 employees worldwide, Seto believed that the company – like any person – needed a greater purpose to unite it. Today, two billion people do not have access to safe and clean toilets, while three billion do not have access to handwashing facilities at home. Contributing to solving global issues highlighted by the UN’s SDGs, including global sanitation and hygiene, has become fundamental to turning the iconic home product manufacturer into a purpose-driven company. 



Speaker:  Mr. Kinya Seto, President and CEO, LIXIL Corporation


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Speaker’s Profile:

Kinya Seto serves as President and CEO of LIXIL, a maker of pioneering water and housing products known for its global brands INAX, GROHE, American Standard and TOSTEM, since 2016. He began his career in 1983 with Sumitomo Corporation, a major Japanese trading company, before going on to establish more than ten companies in Japan and overseas, including MonotaRO, which under his leadership grew into the largest and most profitable MRO distribution companies in Japan. In addition, Seto has previously also held global leadership roles at W.W. Grainger, Inc. in US, a leading MRO supplier.


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About GRIPS Forum:

Since its establishment in 1997, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), as the only graduate school in Japan specializing in policy research, has promoted education and research on a wide range of policy issues.

Utilizing our vast policy network, this Forum invites leaders from various fields including government, academia and business, as well as staff from our own faculty, to deliver lectures on current policy concerns.

The Forum welcomes attendance of GRIPS faculty and students as well as participants from outside the university.

Date / Time 2021.1.18 16:40~18:10 (Japan Time)
SpeakerMr. Kinya Seto, President and CEO, LIXIL Corporation
TitleIn the Business of Improving Global Sanitation and Hygiene
Venue Online (Zoom Webinar)
Fee Free (Pre-registration is required)
Language English

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