Market Forum is organized once a year, by the industry and market peers, to promote Japan's financial market industry and to help it grow, motivate and achieve higher goals by connecting people through social networking gatherings. The gathering has expanded not only with equity market professionals but to wider industry professionals including exchange officials, information vendors, market related system developers, media and so on.
With keeping to promote opportunities for industry-wide connections, Market Forum firmly remains organized by industry and market peers, providing neutrality and friendly atmosphere.
Market Forum began as small gatherings among Japan's finance professionals, mostly in Japanese equity market fields, in early 2000's. In the fall of 2005, "Market Forum" was officially held with large scale gathering of 250 participants. The event grew year after year as 300 participated in 2006, 400 in 2007, 450 in 2008, 550 in 2009 and 430 in the last year.
As well as "Market Forum", we organize "Market Forum in Osaka", "Market Forum Conference" and other seminars for promoting the Secutities industry.
Until now, Market Forum has been organized by the industry and market peers. But as the size of event grew, it had grown more difficult to secure the location as well as to maintain inexpensive entry fees for many young and upcoming people. In order to offset the cost, in 2008, we asked several sponsors to offset part of the cost to hold the event. However, there still were some technical difficulties for sponsors to help the event run by "volunteers with individual names" bases. So we have decided after Market Forum 2008 to establish Non-Profit Organization and applied for Goverment of Japan Cabinet Office certification. On 11 June 2009, we have been officially approved by Japan government Cabinet Office as NPO organization, NPO Japan Financial Security Industry Market Forum. By becoming NPO organization, it will be easier to secure larger venues, less husle for sponsors to help the event, and most of all, we are better equipped to serve industry peers.