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The Kansai Keizai Doyukai is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization comprised of leading corporations in the Osaka region of Japan. It was formed in 1946 by business leaders who shared a common desire to contribute to the reconstruction of the Japanese economy. Its members share the belief that corporate managers should be key players in a broad range of political, economic, and social issues. One of the Doyukai’s missions is to examine critical issues that relate to Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. In 1999, the Doyukai signed a partnership agreement with CBG to provide funding for an annual one-day symposium in Cambridge, the placement of fellows, and research on topics of joint interest.
Symposium: The 20th symposium took place on November 19, 2012. Titled "Challenges and Opportunities for Japan over the Next Two Decades," it included presentations by Harvard faculty members Roger Porter, William Hogan, Anthony Saich, Joseph Nye and Ezra Vogel; and by Kansai Keizai Doyukai members Koichi Kunisada (Osaka Gakuin University), Jun Sato (Showa Marutsutsu Company), Kazuhira Ogura (Mitsubishi Corporation), Akio Ogura (Bando Chemical Industries) and Sadao Kato (Nippon Life Insurance Company). Click here for the agenda. Click here for the ten papers that were presented.
Fellows: Ichiro Shimomukai is the 2012-2013 Doyukai Fellow in residence at M-RCBG. He is a member of the LNG Trading Department in the Energy Resources and International Business Unit of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. His research explores two areas: the role of liquefied natural Gas (LNG) in Japan’s energy policy after the Fukushima Shock, and the impact of shale gas production on the global petrochemical industry and international politics. Mr. Shimomukai is a graduate of Tokyo University where he studied law.