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.


【Organization involved in economic activities and issues with the concerted efforts of Kansai Keizai Doyukai】

  • Council on Policy Issues
  • Committee on Research and Planning
  • Partnership Council for Associations of Corporate Executives

【Recommendation and implementation: committees that present recommendations to the Japanese government, municipalities, business corporations and corporate managers, and implement specific activities】

⟨Sustainable development⟩
Economic Drivers

  • Committee on Corporate Management
  • Committee on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Committee on Future Drivers of Business Growth
  • Committee on Ecosystem of Global Ventures
  • Promotion Committee on Kansai Bridging Forum
  • Committee on the Environment and Energy
  • Committee on Arts & Culture Values

Appeal of Cities

  • Committee on Designing Future Kansai
  • Committee on“EXPO 2025 OSAKA, KANSAI”
  • Committee on MICE & IR
  • Committee on Kansai Region-Wide Infrastructure
  • Committee on Kansai × Sports
  • Executive Committee on Joint Meeting of Associations of Corporate Executives in Western Japan

Welfare and Livability

  • Committee on Child-Raising Issues
  • Committee on Osaka Food Culture

⟨Politics, Economies, Educations⟩

  • Committee on National Security
  • Committee on Economic Policy
  • Committee on Education Issues
  • Committee on Decentralization
  • Committee on Overseas Exchange

【Committees for Support and Implementation of Qualified Projects】

  • Support Committee on “Global Tekijuku”
  • Support Committee on Water-Drawing Festival

【Self-enlightenment and mutual improvement: committees mainly for the self-enlightenment, interaction and mutual improvement of their members】

  • Members Fellowship Meetings
  • Management Seminars
  • Young Members’ Association

Executive Members July 1, 2020

Co-Chairpersons [Representative Directors]:

Mr. Hiroyuki Fukano*
Senior Vice Representative for External Affairs
Representative for Kansai Business Community Relations
ITOCHU Corporation
Mr. Takeshi Furuichi*
Vice Chairman
Nippon Life Insurance Company

Managing Directors:

Ms. Kyoco Ikoma
Chief Executive Officer
Proassist, Ltd.
Ms. Rieko Ueda
Mothernet Co., Ltd.
Mr. Ichiro Uehara*
Senior Executive Vice President
Ms. Taeko Uemura
Ms. Kumiko Obino
Interact Japan Inc.
Mr. Keiji Kakumoto*
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Mr. Yoshifumi Kato
Chairman & CEO
Keihan Holdings Co., Ltd.
Mr. Hajime Kosaka
Deputy Chairman
Resona Bank, Ltd.
Mr. Atsushi Sasagawa*
Senior Managing Executive Officer
General Manager, Building Construction Division
Osaka Main Office, Obayashi Corporation
Mr. Jun Sato
Chairman and CEO
Showa Marutsutsu Co., Ltd.
Mr. Yusuke Saraya
Saraya Co., Ltd.
Mr. Motomitsu Shirakawa
SOPPRA Corporation
Mr. Koichi Takahashi*
Senior Executive Officer
General Manager, Finance and Accounting Div.
Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Mr. Keiji Tanaka
Managing Executive Officer
General Manager for Japan Region
General Manager, Kansai Office
Mr. Muneya Taniguchi
Member of the Board of Directors, Senior Managing Executive Officer,
Western Region of Japan
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
Mr. Ryuichi Hasegawa
Director Senior Executive Managing Officer
Mr. Shigeo Hirose*
Managing Director, Secretary General
Kansai Keizai Doyukai
Mr. Seiji Manabe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Tadashi Miyagawa
Executive Vice President
Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
Mr. Yoshiyuki Miyabe
Senior Managing Executive Officer
Panasonic Corporation
Mr. Ryuichi Morotomi
Hankyu Corporation

*Executive Directors


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