Japan Economic Foundation

JEF would like to continue promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the rest of the world in economic and industrial fields through our international activities.

International Economic Forums
It was meaningful attending JEF's forum because it was easy to understand the present situation and how the government, companies and universities are coping in a comprehensive way. (Manufacturer)

There were very helpful suggestions from both countries about the development of a cutting-edge technology. We would like to continue our participation. (Manufacturer)

JEF's forum is very valuable since there are only few chances for representatives of each sector of society to debate in person. The direct exchange of opinions is easy to understand. (Press)

Research Activities related to the International Economy
It is a very interesting and profitable theme reflecting the recent trends. (Company)

We are distributing the research results to member companies to assist the further development of the industry. (Industry)

The Journal
It is amazing to know that such a prestigious magazine exists and circulates in Japan. (Press)

There is a wide range of authors and it can be said that this is the most interesting English magazine published in Japan. (Embassy staff)

It would be great if JEF could be distributed more widely in the Asian region. (Company/JETRO)

Our readers say that the magazine contains useful information on Japan. (Oversea diplomatic establishments/JETRO)

Some of the articles that appeared in the Journal have been used as supplementary texts at prestigious universities:

University of California Los Angeles
University of South California University, etc.

Congratulatory Messeages
JEF marked its 20th anniversary on July 1, 2001.
These are some of the congratulatory messages we received from all over the world.

>> Raymond Barre
>> Victor Bulmer-Thomas
>> Hadi Soesastro
>> Christopher DeMuth
>> Perrin Beatty

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Left:
Olivier Mellerio President of the Institut Aspen France

Right:
Raymond Barre
Former French Prime Minister
Member of the Parliament Chairman of the Institut Aspen France

For 20 years, the Japan Economic Foundation has successfully developed fruitful relations with the rest of the world and greatly increased it's international influence. As the Chairman of the Institut Aspen France, I appreciate the high level of quality of our long lasting relationship with JEF. Since 1983, we have jointly organized seven Europe-Japan conferences which have brought a significant contribution to a better understanding between our two societies. On the occasion of it's 20th anniversary, I want to congratulate the Japan Economic Foundation and formulate my best wishes for the continuity of its development.

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Victor Bulmer-Thomas
Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK

I have pleasure in congratulating the Japan Economic Foundation on its 20th anniversary. We in the Royal Institute of International Affairs first worked with JEF in 1986 with the creation of the UK-Japan High Technology Industry Forum, which is now in its 16th year. During that time we have brought high-level executives from both countries together on an annual basis, deepening understanding of each other's innovation systems. This kind of co-operation will be of continued importance in a period when Japan is trying to regain the economic dynamism that it lost with the collapse of the bubble economy. In this transitional period, the internationalist philosophy of the Japan Economic Foundation will continue to make you a valued partner for us.

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Hadi Soesastro
Executive Director of Centre for Strategic and InternationalStudies, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Japan Economic Foundation is one of the "diamonds" of institutions, not only in Japan but also throughout the Asia Pacific region. It is at the forefront of Japan's internationalization effort. Through its many activities, JEF has contributed greatly to improving mutual understanding among the peoples of the region in general and amongst research institutions in particular. My institution and myself have benefited greatly from participating in the activities of JEF. This has helped widen our networks in the region. The many networks in the region are of critical importance to the development of a genuine sense of community in the region. I wish to express my congratulations in the Indonesian language, Selamat Ulang Tahun, and hope for many more years of great achievements by JEF that will contribute significantly to the betterment of the peoples in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

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Christopher DeMuth
President of American Enterprise Institute, USA

The American Enterprise Institute extends congratulations to the Japan Economic Foundation on its twentieth anniversary. For well over half of those twenty years, JEF and AEI have met annually, and sometimes more frequently, in Tokyo and Washington to discuss economic, political, and security issues confronting Japan and America. It is our belief at AEI that those meetings have made a significant contribution to deepening the mutual understanding between our nations on important issues of public policy. We at AEI look forward to continuing our productive relationship with JEF.

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Perrin Beatty
President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada (Former Secretary of State for External Affairs, Canada)

I was privileged to participate in the 20th Japan Studies Program for International Executives (JASPIE), along with executives from 13 other countries. The curriculum provided participants with a wide variety of information about Japan's economy, politics and culture. Our group's activities ranged from lectures on doing business in Japan and new Japanese economic strategies, to discussions of the country's culture and history, as well as visits to plants and cultural sites in several cities. Two weeks is a short time to do more than scratch the surface of a country as rich in history and diverse in its economics and culture as Japan. However, participants in the 20th JASPIE returned home with a better sense of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Japan. For two decades, JASPIE has promoted business and built bridges of understanding between Japan and the rest of the world. It offers a unique opportunity to study one of the most fascinating countries in the world