Japan Business Federation

Japan Business Federation

Japan Business Federation (日本経済団体連合会 Nippon Keizaidantairengoukai?) is an economic organization founded in May 2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, established 1946) and Nikkeiren (Japan Federation of Employers' Associations, established 1948). 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).[1]

For most of the post-war period, the Keidanren has been the voice of big business in Japan and is generally considered the most conservative of the country's three major economic organizations. The other two organizations are the Japan Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Japan Committee for Economic Development (経済同友会).

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.

The current chairman is Hiromasa Yonekura of Sumitomo Chemical. He has been chairman of The Japan Business Federation since May 27, 2010.[2]


The Board

Below are the lists of Presidents, Chairmen, Vice-presidents and Vice-chairmen of Japan Business Federation (as of July 1, 2011).[3]

Title Name Affiliation
Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura Chairman of Sumitomo Chemical
Vice-chairman Yoji Ohashi Chairman of All Nippon Airways
Hiromichi Iwasa President & CEO of Mitsui Fudosan
Katsuaki Watanabe Vice-chairman of Toyota
Atsutoshi Nishida Chairman of Toshiba
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
Satoshi Miura President & CEO of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Yorihiko Kojima Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation
Nobuo Kuroyanagi Chairman of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Norio Katsumata Chairman of Marubeni
Mutsutake Otsuka Chairman of East Japan Railway Company
Katsutoshi Saito Chairman of Dai-ichi Life
Masayuki Oku Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
Koji Miyahara Chairman of NYK
Hideaki Omiya President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Yoshio Nakamura Secretary-General of Japan Business Federation
Title Name Affiliation
Council Chair Fumiaki Watari Advisor of JX Holdings
Vice-chairman Yu Nomaguchi Honorary Adviser of Mitsubishi Electric
Yoshiya Hara Senior Advisor Head Office of Daiwa Securities Group
Naotake Okubo Board Counsel of Sekisui Chemical
Akihiko Ide Chairman of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
Tsuneji Uchida President of Canon
Norio Yamaguchi Chairman of Ajinomoto
Kazuhisa Shinoda President of Oji Paper Company
Go Ojita Chairman of Asahi Group Holdings
芦田昭充 Chairman of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Kunio Ishihara Chairman of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Kaoru Yano Chairman of NEC
Atsushi Kamei President of Ito-Yokado
Fumio Ohtsubo President of Panasonic Corporation
Shinzo Maeda Chairman of Shiseido
Susumu Kato President of Sumitomo Corporation
Eiza Kobayashi Chairman of Itochu Corporation

Past people

Old Business Federation
Order Past Chairman Affiliation Tenure
1 Ichiro Ishikawa Nissan Chemical Industries March 1948 - February 1956
2 Taizo Ishizaka Tokyo Shibaura Electric February 1956 - May 1968
3 植村甲午郎 Keidanren Secretariat May 1968 - May 1974
4 Toshiwo Doko Tokyo Shibaura Electric May 1974 - May 1980
5 稲山嘉寛 Nippon Steel May 1980 - May 1986
6 Eishiro Saito Nippon Steel May 1986 - December 1990
7 Gaishi Hiraiwa Tokyo Electric Power December 1990 - May 1994
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
4 Takeshi Saurada Nisshinbo Industries April 1960 - May 1979
5 Bunpei Otsuki Mitsubishi Mining & Cement Co., Ltd. May 1979 - May 1987
6 Eiji Suzuki Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation May 1987 - May 1991
7 Ken Nagano Mitsubishi Materials May 1991 - May 1995
8 Jiro Nemoto NYK May 1995 - May 1999
9 Hiroshi Okuda Toyota May 1999 - May 2002


Japan Business Federation
Order Past president Affiliation Tenure
1 Hiroshi Okuda Toyota May 2002 - May 2006
2 Mitarai Fujio Canon May 2006 - May 2010
3 Hiromasa Yonekura Sumitomo Chemical May 2010 -

See also

  • Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE), a similar European business association


  1. ^ Nippon Keidanren website About Nippon Keidanren Retrieved on January 16th 2011
  2. ^ The Japan Times Innovate or perish: new Keidanren chief Retrieved January 16th 2011
  3. ^ Nippon Keidanren website Officers of Nippon Keidanren -Chairman, Vice Chairmen Retrieved January 16th 2011

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