Kansai Keizai Doyukai Symposium

(Japan Association of Corporate Executives)

Doyukai Program. Roger Porter, Faculty Chair. 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 19th symposium took place on November 14, 2011. Titled "The Responsibilities of the U.S. and Japan in Promoting Global Stability and Growth," it included presentations by Harvard faculty members David Ellwood, Joseph Nye, Ezra Vogel, Tony Saich, Bob Glauber and Roger Porter; and by Kansai Keizai Doyukai members Akio Ogura (Chairman of the Committee on National Security), Senri Hagio (Managing Director), Shinichi Otake (Co-Chairman), and Koichi Kunisada and Mr. Naoki Hidaka (Co-Chairs of the Overseas Exchange Committee).
Fellows: Tomohiro Gomibuchi is the 2011-2012 Doyukai Fellow in residence at M-RCBG. He is a member of the Human Resources Department of the Obayashi Corporation. His research explores two areas: the role of public-private partnerships and alliances among private sector firms in organizing and developing human resources in foreign markets, and how globalization shapes the training needs of Japanese companies. Mr. Gomibuchi is a graduate of Keio University where he studied business and commerce.