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The Future of Asia conference spotlights regional challenges and opportunities in Tokyo on June 5.
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Leaders gather in Tokyo to discuss fate of globalization

Two-day event focuses on crafting regional response to protectionism, extremism

TSUBASA SURUGA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- World leaders and experts convened in Tokyo on Monday to discuss the security and economic challenges facing the region, at the 23rd International Conference on The Future of Asia.

Organized by Nikkei Inc., the two-day event is being held at a time when protectionist and exclusionary policies are clouding the global economic outlook. The theme of the conference reflects this: "Globalism at a crossroads - Asia's next move." As Western countries turn inward -- exemplified by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. -- the dialogue will center on how to advance free trade initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and foster innovative new businesses.

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