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The 41st Leadership Program on Japan (FY2013) [April 15-19, 2013]

The 41st Leadership Program on Japan (FY2013)


IIST organized the 41st Leadership Program for opinion leaders from overseas countries to help them deepen their understanding of industrial reconstruction situation in the Tohoku region following the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program, which was held with the cooperation of the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), included visits to companies in Miyagi Prefecture introducing various efforts for management reconstruction and new infrastructure building.

Dates: April 15-19, 2013

Invited participants

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

Visited places

•Miyagi Prefectural Government
•Iwaki Diecast Co., Ltd.
•Sendai Solar Power Station, Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
•Butai Farm Co., Ltd.
•Shiraken Kamaboko Co., Ltd.
•Ishinomaki Mill, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
•Ishinomaki Senshu University
•Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. (Head Office & Miyagi Ohira Plant)


In the program, the participants visited leading companies in the region in the fields of automobiles, renewable energy, and next-generation agriculture and learned at firsthand about efforts in the Tohoku area to reconstruct and regenerate the region's economy and industry. In addition, the participants visited affected companies that had overcome the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami. By hearing about the process whereby they resumed operation and the experiences of employees, they were able to directly share the lessons of the disaster.

Shiraken Kamaboko Co., Ltd.

Shiraken Kamaboko Co., Ltd.

Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. (Head Office & Miyagi Ohira Plant)

Toyota Motor East Japan, Inc. (Head Office & Miyagi Ohira Plant)

Invited Persons

(in country alphabetical order)

1. Ms. Frances BEVAN(Australia)
(Desk Officer, Japan Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government)

2. Mr. José Rigoberto GARCIA G. (Chile)
(International Coordinator, Ministry of Public Works)

3. Ms. Katerina DUROVE(Czech Republic)
(Specialist of the Department of Africa, Asia and Australia, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic)

4. Dr. François MOISAN(France)
(Executive Director of Strategy, Research and International Affairs, Scientific Director, ADEME (Agence de l'Environnement et de la Ma?trise de l'Energie))

5. Ms. Tekla DÖMÖTÖR (Hungary)
(Councellor, Asia Department, Ministry for National Economy)

6. Ms. Yasmin MASOOD (Pakistan)
(Joint Secretary (Investment &Facilitation), Ministry of Industries)

7. Ms. Clara BARATA (Portugal)
(Journalist, Newspaper P?BLICO)

8. Dr. Patrick ZILTENER (Switzerland)
(Senior Researcher/Lecturer in Sociology/Economics, University of Zurich)

Related Article
IIST e-Magazine No.0221-0899 Japan's Economic and Social Resilience, and the Global Challenges Ahead —Reflections and Conclusions from the 41st Leadership Program on Japan in Tohoku (April 2013)

International Exchange Dept.

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