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The 40th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2011) [October 24-28, 2011]

The 40th Leadership Program on Japan (FY2011)


IIST organized the 40th Leadership Program on Japan for foreign opinion leaders in order to deepen their understanding of the economy and industry of the Kansai region, which supports the Japanese economy. With the cooperation of the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the program included lectures on the Kansai economy and visits to representative companies in the region and other facilities in Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Dates: October 24-28, 2011
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)
Co-organized by: Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Invited participants

8 overseas opinion leaders (For details, please see bottom of page.)

Visited places

Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Sharp Corporation Green Front Sakai
Fujikin Incorporated Osaka Kashiwara Enterprise

Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.
KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster

Hiyoshiya Workshop Co., Ltd.
Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd.


By observing the state-of-the-art technology, unique small and medium-sized enterprises, and traditional industries located in the Kansai region, the participants deepened their understanding of the outstanding potential of the Kansai industry, which has adequate competitive edge amid the globalized economy, as well as the rich traditions and culture of the region. It is hoped that the program would contribute to enhance economic and industrial exchange between other countries and the Kansai region and the revitalization of the Kansai economy.

Sharp Corporation Green Front Sakai

Sharp Corporation Green Front Sakai

KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster

KOBE Biomedical Innovation Cluster

Invited Persons

(in country alphabetical order)

1. Mr. Shom SEN (Canada)
(Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade & Investment, Government of British Columbia)

2. Mr. Carlos PIÑA (Chile)
(Head of International Department, Ministry of Energy)

3. Mr. Sébastien JULIAN (France)
(Journalist, L'Expansion)

4. Mr. György OROSZ (Hungary)
(Director General, Department for Bilateral Economic Relations, Ministry for National Economy)

5. Mr. Abdul Qadir MEMON (Pakistan)
(Joint Secretary (Foreign Trade), Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan)

6. Mr. Hosuk LEE-MAKIYAMA (Sweden)
(Director, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE))

7. Dr. Paul PEYROT (Switzerland)
(Managing Director, Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce)

8. Mr. Volodymyr PANCHENKO (Ukraine)
(Director, Department of Investment and Innovation Policy, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine)

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