The Declaration of Startup Friendly Kansai
In Memory of Dr. Ezra Vogel
Toward the creation of a global and inspiring venture ecosystem in the Kansai region – Using EXPO 2025 OSAKA, KANSAI, JAPAN as a good opportunity
Creation of a Next-generation Society and Future of Capitalism
WHAT ABOUT KANSAI KEIZAI DOYUKAI
Kansai Keizai Doyukai (Kansai Association of Corporate Executives) was founded in 1946 by the initiative of a group of young members of the business community in the Kansai region. It was just when the social, economic and industrial activities in the region and throughout the nation were still seriously plagued by the devastation immediately after the end of the World War II. Those young businessmen set themselves out of ruin and convulsion to advocate the cause of restoring and reconstructing the Japanese economy and putting its industrial and fiscal activities on a sound track for steady and sustained expansion and growth. Since its foundation, the Doyukai has maintained an incessant approach to address the serious discussions on major issues which give or may give impacts to individual business enterprises and the national economy.
One of the unique features of this organization is that its members, who are in most cases executive officers and board directors of business and industrial firms, do not represent in any way the interests of the enterprises and industries they are working for. Instead, they volunteer to participate in public discussions in the capacity of individual leaders in the business and industrial sector of the society and help to formulate recommendations on matters of social and economic concern of great importance. Through these voluntary processes, they try to look at things in a broader perspective and with gifted wisdom and insight so that they may uphold the principles of democratic free-enterprise economy. The Doyukai's efforts and activities usually result in the form of specific or public recommendations to the society, the population and the Government.
In order to conduct a variety of activities and action programs, the Doyukai sets up a number of committees, research groups and forums which are respectively responsible for investigation of problems, preparation for reports and other related functions. The Doyukai adopts their conclusions as arrived at after repeated discussions and reviews in these organized sessions, and releases them as its public statements. Records show that these statements have always been motivated by the member's deep sense of responsibility or accountability to the society. Therefore, the statements released from the Doyukai are very often termed and valued as much of insight or trend-setting, by the policy-makers in governments, industry, the media, academic and other segments of the community.
Another main area of the activities by the Doyukai is to promote the international exchange programs with political, business and financial leaders in the rest of the world. The programs include, for instance, exchange or study missions to other nations, international conferences or symposiums. As the role Japan can play in the global community will certainly become larger, the Doyukai's international programs are expected to be increasingly more important.
As most of its activities are rooted in the communities in and around Osaka and the Kansai region, the Doyukai has always continued and will continue to help stimulate and vitalize the economy in the region. A large number of varied proposals to promote region-wide projects have already been considered, planned, initiated and implemented. In addition, the Doyukai makes it a point to maintain active and closer contacts with local governments, labor unions and organizations, and consumers groups.
The Doyukai is affiliated with a national network of similar committees throughout Japan, and collaborate closely with such organizations to meet common objectives. However, each of these Doyukai's implements its own programs independently and individually.As outlined above, the Doyukai is, in short, a group of business leaders who meet in committees to propose, discuss, recommend and act. It is the organization's goal to strive to be open-minded and fresh and flexible-thinking as well as encouraging positive involvement for the society.
【Committee for Engaging in Activities and Problem-Solving on Behalf of the Association】
- Council on Policy Issues
- Committee on Research and Planning
- Partnership Council for Associations of Corporate Executives
- Membership Satisfaction Improvement Committee
【Committee for Support and Implementation of Qualified Projects】
- Overseas Exchange Committee
- Mentoring Committee
- Committee on Promoting the Food Culture of Osaka
- Kansai Region-wide Infrastructure Committee
- Kansai 2019・20・21 Committee
- Arts and Culture Committee
- Support Committee for Water-Drawing Festival
- “Cyber Tekijuku” Support Committee
【Committee to Mainly Aim to Give Advice to National and Local Governments, Companies and Society, etc.】
- Political and Social Issues Committee
- Committee on National Security
- Digital Transformation Committee
・Advanced Technology Subcommittee
・Asian Digital Transformation Subcommittee
- Committee on Economic Policy
- Committee on Policies for the Next Generation
- Child Poverty Committee
- Decentralization Study Committee
- Committee on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
- Committee on Corporate Management
- Committee on Venture Ecosystem in Kansai-region
- World Expo 2025, MICE & IR Promotion Committee
【Committee for Research on Identified Problems and Interaction between Members】
- Members Fellowship Meeting
- Young Members’ Association
- Current Affairs Research Committee
- Management Seminar
Executive Members As of June 13, 2017
Co-Chairpersons [Representative Directors]:
- Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki*
- Chairman and CEO,
Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd.
- Mr. Akihiro Kuroda*
KOKUYO Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Hiroyuki Ikeda
- Deputy Chairman,
Resona Bank, Ltd.
- Ms. Kyoco Ikoma
- Chief Executive Officer,
- Mr. Jun Ishii*
- Managing Director, Member of the Board,
- Mr. Yujiro Ito*
- Deputy Chairman,
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Ms. Taeko Uemura
KYONAN SOUKO CO., LTD.
- Ms. Kumiko Obino
Interact Japan Inc.
- Mr. Yoshifumi Kato
- Representative Director, President, CEO & COO
Keihan Holdings Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Jun Sato
- Chairman and CEO,
Showa Marutsutsu Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Yusuke Saraya
Saraya Co., Ltd.
- Mr. Nobuo Tsuruta
- Senior Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, Osaka Main Office,
- Mr. Yasushi Totake
- Member of the Board,
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE WEST CORPORATION
- Mr. Masanori Togawa*
- President and Chief Executive Officer,
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
- Mr. Shigeo Hirose*
- Managing Director, Secretary General,
Kansai Keizai Doyukai
- Mr. Hiroyuki Fukano
- Managing Executive Officer,
Executive Advisory Officer for Kansai District Operation,
- Mr. Shinichi Fukushima
OSAKA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER CORP.
- Mr. Hidekazu Fukumoto
- Deputy President,
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
- Mr. Takeshi Furuichi
- Vice Chairman,
Nippon Life Insurance Company
- Mr. Seiji Manabe
- Chairman of the Board of Directors,
WEST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
- Mr. Tadashi Miyagawa
- SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD,
OSAKA GAS CO., LTD.
- Mr. Yasuhiro Yashima*
- Director & Executive Vice President,
The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
- Ms. Kinuko Yamamoto
- Senior Managing Director,
Pasona Group Inc.
- Mr. Tsuneo Wakabayashi
- Senior Managing Director,
KANSAI KEIZAI DOYUKAI
(Kansai Association of Corporate Executives) Nakanoshima Center Bldg.,
2-27, 6-chome, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku Osaka 530-6691 Japan