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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 21st symposium will be held at HKS on Monday, November 18, 2013 and is titled "Growth, Trade, and Security for Japan and the U.S. in a Rapidly Changing World." More details to follow.
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: Keisuke Shimizu is the 2013-2014 Doyukai Fellow in residence at M-RCBG. He is Manager of the Planning/Investor relations Section of the Accounting and Finance Department at Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. His research will explore the portfolio of electric power sources in Japan after Fukushima Daiichi Accident from political and social perspectives. Mr. Shimizu is a graduate of The University of Tokyo, where he studied law, and a Certified Public Accountant (Japan).