2017 marks Bloomberg’s 30-year anniversary in Japan. In 1987, we established the Tokyo office, our first foray into the Asia Pacific region, paving the way for our expansion into other markets.
Last week, Bloomberg hosted a special anniversary event in Tokyo for more than 100 clients to celebrate the many valuable partnerships built over the years with corporate Japan and the financial community. Tom Secunda, Bloomberg’s co-founder and Vice Chairman, was at the event to thank and meet our most important customers and partners.
In his remarks, Tom reflected on how far the Tokyo office has come since its establishment and said, “The world has changed dramatically. Technology is an important part of all our businesses today—it is everywhere and instrumental in everything we do as we service our clients.”
In the early 1980s, the Bloomberg Terminal disrupted the global financial sector. Today, our award-winning hardware, software and systems continue to serve the needs of the financial community while also advancing new applications in machine learning, biometric authentication, hardware design and cloud technology.
As we reflect on 30 years of innovation, here is what a few of our clients had to say:
“The main purpose of financial terminals back then was simply to display data reflecting the state of the market, such as bids and offers. But Bloomberg brought added value with offerings that helped unlock meaning in yield curves and new ways to play with analytical charts. Without the tools from Bloomberg, we would not be able to stay ahead of the markets.” — Masatsugu Nagato, President & CEO of Japan Post Holdings
“GPIF has been advancing investments in the ESG world. We recently announced a partnership with the World Bank on initiatives that promote ESG criteria in investment decisions across different asset classes. For its part, Bloomberg recently joined the Principles for Responsible Investment as an asset owner. I feel that there is a great synergy between our organizations.” — Norihiro Takahashi, President of Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
“Bloomberg is the lifeblood of business and finance. Whether you are an analyst or an investor, you simply can’t live without it. Throughout the past 30 years, Bloomberg has shown tremendous commitment to Japan as it continues to invest in the country through both human capital and technology.” — Jesper Koll, Head of Japan for WisdomTree
In the last decade alone, the volume and complexity of data and interactions in the financial world has grown tremendously, making precision and reliability of communications critical. As the needs of our clients evolve, Bloomberg Tokyo will continue to serve as a technology hub. Whether in shaping global markets or creating new technologies, Bloomberg and Japan are kindred spirits. We move fast, we innovate and we are invested for tomorrow – shared values that make us proud to celebrate 30 years in Japan.
Watch our Japan 30th Anniversary video story below:
By Yuri Imaizumi, Corporate Communications, Bloomberg Japan