KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) is a comprehensive economic organization with a membership comprised of 1,350 representative companies of Japan, 109 nationwide industrial associations and 47 regional economic organizations (as of April 1, 2017).
Our mission as a comprehensive economic organization is to draw upon the vitality of corporations, individuals and local communities to support corporate activities which contribute to the self-sustaining development of the Japanese economy and improvement in the quality of life for the Japanese people.
For this purpose, KEIDANREN establishes consensus in the business community on a variety of important domestic and international issues for their steady and prompt resolution. At the same time, we communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including political leaders, administrators, labor unions and citizens. We encourage our members to adhere to the Charter of Corporate Behavior in an effort to establish and maintain public confidence in the business community. We also strive for the resolution of international issues and the development of closer economic relations with various countries through policy dialogue with the governments, economic associations of each country as well as international organizations.
Overview of KEIDANREN
Ippan Shadan Hojin Nippon Keizai Dantai Rengokai
KEIDANREN or Japan Business Federation
- Objectives (Article 3 of the Articles of Incorporation):
- The objectives of Keidanren as a comprehensive economic organization are to contribute to the self-sustained development of the Japanese economy and the improvement of the lives of citizens, by drawing out the dynamism of corporations as well as that of the individuals and communities that support them
- August 16, 1946
- Authorized as an incorporated association:
- June 29, 1961
- Transition to a general incorporated association:
- March 30, 2012
- Representative Directors:
- SAKAKIBARA Sadayuki, Chairman
KUBOTA Masakazu, Director General
- 25 (Chairman: 1, Vice Chairs: 18, Director General: 1, Senior Managing Directors; Managing Directors: 5)
- KEIDANREN is a corporation with an Accounting Auditor.
- Corporate members: 1,350, Group members: 156, Special members: 32,
Total: 1,538 members (as of April 1, 2017)
- Staff members: 227 (including temporary staff, as of April 1, 2017)
History of KEIDANREN
The Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) was established in August 1946, immediately after the end of World War II, with the aim of reconstruction and recovery of the Japanese economy. Keidanren's first Chairman was Ichiro Ishikawa (1946-56). In April 1948, the Japan Federation of Employers' Associations (Nikkeiren) was launched with the objective of establishing appropriate relations between labor and management, with the motto "Employers, Be Righteous and Strong". Nikkeiren's first Representative Executive Director was Kanichi Moroi (1948-68).
Since then, the two organizations have contributed to the development of the Japanese and global economies through maintaining and stimulating a liberal economic model and taking on internal and external challenges that the business community faced, such as trade liberalization, promotion of free competition, measures for addressing energy and environmental issues, promotion of private sector economic diplomacy, wage negotiations, and establishment of stable labor-management relations. Keidanren's Chairman Taizo Ishizaka (1956-68) emphasized that the business community must take the high road of liberalization, and helped achieve capital liberalization.
In 1966, the original Keidanren Kaikan building was completed, and the organization continued its further development.
Keidanren Chairman Toshio Doko (1974-80) used his experience gained through work on the streamlining of production sites to streamline government (administrative reform). Since the tenures of Keidanren Chairman Doko, Nikkeiren Chairman Bunpei Otsuki (1979-87), and Nikkeiren Chairman Eiji Suzuki (1987-91), the major roles of Keidanren and Nikkeiren in contributing to administrative and financial reforms have been recognized by the Japanese people.
Japan, although having achieved high economic growth, then entered a period of trade friction. In order to overcome this situation, various concepts, such as "Philosophy of Endurance" by Keidanren Chairman Yoshihiro Inayama (1980-86); "Co-existence" by Keidanren Chairman Gaishi Hiraiwa (1990-94); and "Attractive Japan" by Keidanren Chairman Shoichiro Toyoda (1994-98); were established in an attempt for Japanese companies to be accepted by the international community as good corporate citizens.
Amid the trend toward a declining birthrate and an aging population as well as diversification in the mentality and values of the Japanese people, the reform of the social security system, employment and labor issues, and educational reforms have become policy issues with increased significance for corporate management. In 2002, Keidanren and Nikkeiren merged to form the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) as a new comprehensive economic organization. The first Chairman of Keidanren after the merger was Hiroshi Okuda (2002-06).
In 2009, the new Keidanren Kaikan was completed. On March 30, 2012, Keidanren changed its juridical status from an incorporated association to a general incorporated association in accordance with the reform of the public interest corporation system.
As Japanese companies engage in business activities on a global scale, Keidanren's activities are also expanding from within Japan to the world stage.