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The 35th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2006) [September 11-16, 2006]

The 35th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2006)


Outline


The 35th program was held from September 11 to 16, 2006, with sixteen people participating.

Dates: September 11 (Monday) - 16 (Saturday), 2006
Organized by:Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)


Invited participants


16persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)


Visited places


-Presentation on Japanese Economy
Mr. Risaburo NEZU, Senior Managing Director, Fujitsu Research Institute

-Presentation on Japanese Politics
Mr. Nobuhiko SUTO, Former Member of the House of Representatives /the Democratic Party of Japan

-Presentation on Japanese Market
Mr. Glen S. FUKUSHIMA, President & CEO, Airbus Japan K.K.

-Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

-Presentation on Japan's Economic and Industrial Policies
Mr.Yasuhiko YOSHIDA, Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI

-Presentation: Cultural Super-Power? Communication Pygmy Japan
Mr. Hisanori ISOMURA, Former Editor with the rank of General Managing Director、the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation(NHK)

-Panasonic Center TOKYO

-GDH K.K.

-TOYOTA Motor Corporation

-Yamazaki Mazak Corporation Minokamo Plant

-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works

-Creation Core Higashi Osaka

- Yutaka Corporation


Overview


Opinion leaders including politicians, administrative officials, business leaders and journalists from sixteen countries of the world were invited. They attended lectures on Japanese politics, economy and society/culture, exchanged opinions with an executive officer of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited leading Japanese companies in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Osaka, and experienced a home-stay with a Japanese family.
The questionnaire results showed that participants greatly appreciated the program. They realized how the Japanese economy has been changing and developing in the process of recovery and obtained a more profound understanding of new issues caused by globalization, through the lectures and visits. They were also able learn other aspects through staying with a Japanese family which the lectures and visits to Japanese companies did not reveal. This is expected to increase their understanding of Japan.


Participants attending the lecture on the Japanese economy

Participants attending the lecture on the Japanese economy

Commemorative photos with Mr. Kobayashi, Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry

Commemorative photos with Mr. Kobayashi, Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry


Observing robots at Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Observing robots at Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.


Invited participants


(Alphabetical Order)


1. Ms. Hannelore FAUQUEUX-VEIT (Austria)
News Anchor
Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)

2. Ms. Marcia de Souza PONTES (Brazil)
Coordinator of Industrial Agglomeration Matters
Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade

3. Mr. Osman MOHAMMAD (Brunei)
Acting Deputy Director
Radio Television Brunei

4. Mr. Soren HARBEL (Canada)
Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Economic Development

5. Dr. Fernando F. SANCHEZ Campos (Costa Rica)
Member
Costa Rican Parliament

6. Mr. Jakub MIKULASEK (Czech Republic)
Chief Operating Officer
CzechInvest

7. Ms. Sixtine LEON-DUFOUR (France)
Journalist
LE FIGARO

8. Mr. Gunnar WIEGAND (Germany)
Head of Unit for Relations with the United States and Canada
Directorate General for External Relations
European Commission

9. Mr. Levente SITKEI (Hungary)
Journalist
Magyar Nemzet newspaper

10. Mr. Salvatore CARRUBBA (Italy)
Columnist
General Manager for Editorial Strategy
Il Sole-24 Ore Spa

11. Mrs. Margaret C. ROTICH (Kenya)
Director of Industry
Ministry of Trade and Industry

12. Mr. Wan Ahmad SHIHAB Ismail (Malaysia)
Special Officer to the Deputy Prime Minister
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

13. Mr. Luis Raymund F. VILLAFUERTE, JR. (Philippines)
Governor
Province of Camarines Sur

14. Mr. PNG Cheong Boon (Singapore)
Deputy Chief Executive
SPRING Singapore

15. Dr. Phietoon TRIVIJITKASEM (Thailand)
Chairman & Managing Director
Thantawan Industry PCL.

16. Mr. Robert GUY (U.K.)
Executive Director
The Japan Society

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