Asia Programs: Programs

Kansai Keizai Doyukai Program

Director: Julian Chang

The Kansai Keizai Doyukai is a business organization made up of leading business corporations in the Osaka region of Japan. Similar to a business chamber of commerce, the Doyukai represents major corporations in one of the largest Japanese markets. One of their primary missions is to examine critical issues that relate to Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. This covers everything from regional security to social security, pensions and health care. As part of this effort, eight years ago the Doyukai and the Kennedy School initiated an annual one-day symposium in Cambridge to discuss issues of mutual interest as they apply to Japan and East Asia. The Doyukai sends about 30 conference participants, many of whom are senior executives of the major Osaka companies.

Based on the success of the annual symposium, the Doyukai signed a partnership agreement with the Center for Business and Government in 1999 to provide an endowment to support a new program involving fellows, research and executive training. The first year, the Kansai Keizai Doyukai program supported research on the global trading system including a June conference at the Kennedy School and a subsequent publication. For the 2000-2001 academic year, the program funded two visiting fellows and sponsored a December conference on “Changes in the Asia-Pacific Region: The New Dynamics at the Start of the Millennium.” CBG also works with the Doyukai to arrange presentations by Harvard faculty when they are traveling the Osaka region.

12th Annual
March 8, 2005
"Issues and Challenges - Japan, U.S. and the Global Community" (Agenda in pdf format)
11th Annual
February 25, 2004
"Restructuring Security and Economic Issues in a New World Order" (Agenda in pdf format)

10th Annual
February 24 - 25, 2003

"Global Security and Economic Challenges in The Asia-Pacific Region" (Agenda in pdf format)