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World FinTech Festival Japan returns with spotlight on Southeast Asia

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Tokyo and Singapore organize fintech events in tandem for the second consecutive year.

So Inc. will host the annual World FinTech Festival Japan (WFFJ) in Tokyo from November 11 to 12, 2021, as part of the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) 2021. SFF is the world’s largest fintech event organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). This year’s sixth edition features a unique hybrid format that combines a 24-hour online event platform with over ten global satellite events in selected fintech hubs around the world.

WFFJ will highlight the latest trends in fintech with content specific to Japan, featuring international thought leaders in finance, business, government, technology, and academia. The event will also provide attendees with exclusive networking access to industry thought leaders and sponsors of WFF in Tokyo.

The event will feature more than 65 prominent speakers, including leaders of the Japanese financial industry and representatives from the Bank of Japan and finance authorities. Other distinguished guests include Sopnendu Mohanty, chief fintech officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Jouk Pleiter, founder and CEO of Backbase, who will speak about accelerating digital banking globally.

“So Inc. is excited to host the World FinTech Festival again for the second consecutive year in Tokyo, Japan. This year’s event will be packed with topics on updates in fintech such as digital banking, Web 3.0, NFTs, and embedded finance. We welcome you—pioneers, rising tech stars, thought leaders, and global investors—to discuss emerging opportunities in Japan, transformation, and growth and development of the financial landscape,” said Kiko Uehara, CEO of So Inc.

Tokyo’s status as an innovation hub is recognized in Southeast Asia as well. “As one of the world’s leading financial centers, Tokyo is rapidly emerging as a fintech hub in Asia—as it continues to innovate in areas such as blockchain and sustainable fintech. In the spirit of promoting financial innovation at the Singapore FinTech Festival, we are pleased to announce this strategic partnership with So Inc. to amplify knowledge sharing and drive cross-border collaboration between Japan’s fintech ecosystem and the global community at SFF,” Sopnendu Mohanty of the MAS said.

KrASIA and 36Kr Global are proud media partners of WFFJ this year, and will host two panels to showcase the connections between Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.

FinTech China: Global Growth & Trends

China’s fintech sector is known globally for its ambitious growth and vision. Joining the panel will be Bill Deng, founder and CEO of XTransfer, a cross-border financial services startup that recently attained unicorn status. This panel covers the latest fintech developments in China, XTransfer’s business approach, and the way Chinese companies operate when expanding overseas.


  • Bill Deng, founder and CEO, XTransfer
  • Alex Zhao, head of research, 36Kr Global

SEA Sprint: Driving Innovation Between Japan & Southeast Asia

With the rapid growth of startups in Southeast Asia, Japanese businesses have looked towards the region for new opportunities. The panel will cover the ways stakeholders in the two markets can work together and develop innovations together.


  • Mayoran Rajendra, senior vice president, head of digital solutions, SMBC
  • Edward Senju, regional CEO, Sansan
  • Christopher Yeo, founder and CEO, Sentient.io
  • Swee En Tan, regional manager, KrASIA


Register for your free digital pass here. To learn more about WFFJ 2021, please visit wff.jp.


KrASIA and 36Kr Global are media partners of the World FinTech Festival Japan.


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