Foreword to IIST World Forum April Issue
Vice President and Managing Director
Institute for International Studies and Training
May I take this opportunity to express deep sorrow at the many precious lives lost as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake which occurred on 11 March 2011, and offer sincerest sympathy to all victims of the disaster.
In response to reform of the public service corporation system, the Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) has long been preparing for transition to the status of a general incorporated foundation, and the transfer registration was finally completed on 1 April. Our formal status as of this point will consequently be that of a general incorporated foundation, with the Institute’s title remaining unchanged.
The IIST World Forum too will adopt a new format as of this month.
Starting with this issue, we will be running a series of articles by the Vietnam Economic Research Institute’s Research Director, Mr. Tatsuya Hoshino, entitled “Offshore Expansion by Small and Medium Enterprises”. Mr. Hoshino will draw on concrete examples to identify critical points for small and medium enterprises expanding their operations offshore. As the same points are obviously relevant for countries looking to attract Japanese firms, the series should also be of strong interest to offshore readers.
Over the coming year, we plan to further develop content unique to the IIST World Forum, including introduction of outstanding manufacturers and information on regional economic stimulation. We will also continue to provide commentary and analysis from key figures on issues of the day.
We hope you enjoy the IIST World Forum’s new look.
IIST will continue to focus its operations on the two key areas of promoting international exchange and training and supporting global human resources.
The support and messages of friendship which Japan has received from around the world in the wake of the disaster reaffirm the enormous significance of Japan’s international participation and international exchange activities over the years. The various impacts that the disaster has had on international corporate activities also highlight the fact that economic globalization does not stop with large firms and cities but is also spreading as far as local small and medium enterprises.
The major focus for the Japanese economy over the next several years will be disaster recovery, and we at the IIST too will approach operations with our contribution to that recovery constantly in mind. We look forward to your continued understanding and support.
(original article : Japanese)