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The 36th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2007) [September 3-8, 2007]

The 36th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2007)


The 36th Leadership Program was held from September 3 to 8, 2007; there were 13 participants.

Date: September 3 (Monday) - 8 (Saturday), 2007
Organized by:Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Supported by:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Invited participants

13persons (For details, please see bottom of page.)

Visited places

-Presentations:“The Japanese Economy”
-Presentations:“Japanese Politics and Diplomatic Policy”
-Presentations:“Japanese Markets”
-Presentations:“Japanese International Relations/Comparative Culture”
-The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI):
-Presentations:“Japan’s Economic and Industrial Policies” presentation
-Central Japan Railway Company
-Shinko Sellbic Co. Ltd.
-The Lower House
-Toyota Motor Corporation
-NGK Insulators, Ltd.
-Nagoya Castle
-Eriko Horiki & Associates


IIST organized its 36th Leadership Program and invited opinion leaders from 13 countries, such as government officials, representatives from economic organizations, academics, and journalists, and gave presentations to them concerning the government policies, economic conditions, society, and culture of Japan. Furthermore, the program offered them the opportunity to exchange opinions with senior METI officials, to visits representative Japanese companies in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto, and to stay at Japanese homes with typical Japanese families.

Participants listening to a presentation

Participants listening to a presentation

Visit to the Shinkansen General Control Center of JR Tokai

Visit to the Shinkansen General Control Center of JR Tokai

In front of the Nagoya Castle

In front of the Nagoya Castle

Invited participants

(Alphabetical Order)

1. Mr. Luiz Mauricio de Araujo NAVARRO (Brazil)
Coordinator of International Information
Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade

2. Mr. Mike CARTER (Canada)
Assistant Deputy Minister
Marketing, Investment and Trade
Ministry of Economic Development

3. Mr. Juan Carlos GUAJARDO Beltran (Chile)
Executive Director
Center for Copper and Mining Studies

4. Mr. Martin ZUNIGA MORALES (Costa Rica)
General Manager
The Foreign Trade Corporation of Costa Rica (PROCOMER)

5. Mr. Gabriel GRESILLON (France)
Les Echos

6. Dr. Carlo ALTOMONTE (Italy)
Professor of Economics of European Integration
Universita Commerciale “L. Bocconi”

7. Mr. Elijah Bikundo MANYARA (Kenya)
Deputy Director
Ministry of Trade and Industry

8. Mr. Shahid BASHIR (Pakistan)
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan

9. Mr. Rui Pedro Conceicao Reis PEREIRA (Portugal)
Asia Desk Officer
Ministry of Economy and Innovation
. Directorate General for Economic Activities

10. Prof. Garth SHELTON (South Africa)
Acting Head
Department of International Relations
University of the Witwatersrand

11. Mrs. Somporn VOIGT (Thailand)
Front Page News Chiefbr> Editorial Departmentbr> Thansettakij Newspaper

12. Mr. Bryan CRESS (U.K.)
Head, East Asia Department
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

13. Mr. Marcos Andre BONTURI (OECD)
Head of the Structural Policy Division
Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

International Exchange Dept.

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