JAPAN BUSINESS FEDERATION (日本経済団体連合会, Nippon
Keizai-dantai Rengōkai) is an economic organization founded in May
2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (
The federation is commonly referred to as "Keidanren", its 1,601 members consist of 1,281 companies, 129 industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations (as of June 15, 2010).
For most of the post-war period, Keidanren has been the voice of big
According to the organization's official website, the mission of the Keidanren is to: accelerate growth of Japan's and world economy and to strengthen the corporations to create additional value to transform Japanese economy into one that is sustainable and driven by the private sector, by encouraging the idea of individuals and local communities.
* 1 Political donations
* 2 View on consumption tax
* 3 Views on nuclear power
* 4 Changes to board composition
* 5 Yahoo!
* 6 Current board
* 6.1 Past officeholders
* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
Keidanren and its predecessor bodies had a long history of providing substantial political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party . In the lead-up to the 2009 general election the Democratic Party of Japan made a pledge to ban political donations from companies and organizations. After the DPJ victory in that election, Keidanren stopped making political donations.
VIEW ON CONSUMPTION TAX
Keidanren supports the Noda governments efforts to raise Japan's consumption tax from 5% to 10%. It has called in the past for the consumption tax to be raised even higher, to 15%.
VIEWS ON NUCLEAR POWER
After the March 11th nuclear disaster and subsequent shutdown of all
the nuclear plants in Japan, Keidanren called for their restart. This
view was not shared by all business leaders, with
Hiroshi Mikitani leaving the federation partly over this issue.
CHANGES TO BOARD COMPOSITION
In 2002, when Keidanren took on its current form, two-thirds of its 18 vice-chairmen were from manufacturing companies. As of July 2012, only 8 of the 18 are filled by executives of manufacturers.
Below are the lists of Presidents, Chairmen, Vice-presidents and
TITLE NAME AFFILIATION
Vice-chairman Yoji Ohashi Chairman of All Nippon Airways
Hiromichi Iwasa President & CEO of Mitsui Fudosan
Shoji Muneoka Representative Director and President of Nippon Steel Corporation
Takashi Kawamura Representative Executive Officer, Chairman and CEO and Board Director of Hitachi Ltd
Masahiro Sakane Chairman of Komatsu Limited
President & CEO of
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Nobuo Kuroyanagi Chairman of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Chairman of East
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
Koji Miyahara Chairman of NYK
Hideaki Omiya President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
TITLE NAME AFFILIATION
Council Chair Fumiaki Watari Advisor of JX Holdings
Vice-chairman Yu Nomaguchi Honorary Adviser of Mitsubishi Electric
Senior Advisor Head Office of
Daiwa Securities Group
Naotake Okubo Board Counsel of Sekisui Chemical
Tsuneji Uchida President of Canon
Norio Yamaguchi Chairman of Ajinomoto
Kazuhisa Shinoda President of Oji Paper Company
Asahi Group Holdings
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Kunio Ishihara Chairman of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Atsushi Kamei President of Ito-Yokado
Fumio Ohtsubo President of Panasonic Corporation
Susumu Kato President of Sumitomo Corporation
OLD BUSINESS FEDERATION ORDER PAST CHAIRMAN AFFILIATION TENURE
1 Ichiro Ishikawa Nissan Chemical Industries March 1948 - February 1956
3 Uemura Kōgorō Keidanren Secretariat May 1968 - May 1974
5 Inayama Yoshihiro Nippon Steel May 1980 - May 1986
6 Eishiro Saito Nippon Steel May 1986 - December 1990
8 Shoichiro Toyoda Toyota May 1994 - May 1998
9 Takashi Imai Nippon Steel May 1998 - May 2002
FORMER JAPAN FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS\' ASSOCIATIONS ORDER Past president (permanent typical secretary) AFFILIATION TENURE
1 Kanichi Moroi Taiheiyo Cement March 1948 - April 1968
2 Miki Takashi Yawata Iron & Steel Co.,Ltd. April 1949 - April 1952
3 Kato Masato Daiwabo Co., Ltd. April 1949 - August 1963
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