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Founded in 1970, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization
dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks
of dialogue and cooperation.



Ken Shibusawa Named President & CEO of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)


The JCIE board announces that Ken Shibusawa has been named president and chief executive officer, succeeding Tadashi Yamamoto, JCIE's founder who passed away on April 15, 2012.

Considered one of Japan's new generation of young business leaders, Mr. Shibusawa's career has spanned the nonprofit and business worlds, bridging both Japan and the United States. After spending his childhood in the United States and graduating from the University of Texas, Mr. Shibusawa began his professional career in 1983 by working for two years at JCIE. He then returned to the United States to obtain an MBA from UCLA and entered the field of finance, working for a number of institutions in Japan and the United States, including JP Morgan Tokyo, Goldman Sachs Japan, and Moore Capital Management. In 2001, he launched Shibusawa & Co., an alternative investment advisory firm, and in 2008 he co-founded Commons Asset Management, where he continues to serve as chairman.

He is also a director of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), one of the country's leading business associations, where he concurrently serves as vice chairman of the Committee on National Security. He has been closely involved in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors throughout his career, lecturing and writing about corporate social responsibility and pioneering a number of innovative initiatives to promote social entrepreneurship and channel funding to nonprofit organizations. A descendent of Ei'ichi Shibusawa—the Meiji Era business leader who is considered the father of Japanese capitalism and who was also actively involved in philanthropic activities—he has written a number of books on how to align the profit motive with the broader aim of contributing to the societal good.

In conjunction with the appointment of Mr. Shibusawa as president, a number of other steps have been taken to strengthen JCIE. An international policy advisory group has been established to provide counsel to JCIE's leadership. This will be chaired by Hitoshi Tanaka (JCIE Senior Fellow and former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs). The JCIE board has also been strengthened by the addition of four new directors: Kunitake Ando (former President, Sony Corporation; Honorary Chairman, Sony Life Insurance Co.), Yukio Takasu (UN Under-Secretary-General for Management; former Japanese Permanent Representative to the United Nations), and Toshihiro Menju and Satoko Itoh, who are both long-term senior staff at JCIE. Yuzaboro Mogi (Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board, Kikkoman) has also become an advisor to the board.

The JCIE board and staff believe that these changes will further strengthen the institution, enabling it to carry on the legacy of its founder by advancing international cooperation and promoting greater Japanese engagement in international policy dialogue and exchange. They also extend their appreciation to Hideko Katsumata (Executive Director & COO) for her service as acting president during the transition period.

>>> Ken Shibusawa biographic profile
>>> New President's Message


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About JCIE

Founded in 1970 by Tadashi Yamamoto, JCIE is one of the few truly independent nongovernmental institutions in the field of international affairs in Japan. A nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, it sponsors research and dialogue on pressing issues in international affairs, organizes exchanges for political leaders, and works to facilitate the growth of civil society and philanthropy in Japan. It operates many of its activities in close partnership with JCIE/USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is based in New York.


Board of Directors
Kunitake Ando Honorary Chairman, Sony Life Insurance Co.; former President, Sony Corporation
Akira Iriyama Professor, Cyber University
Satoko Itoh Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE
Hideko Katsumata Executive Director and COO, JCIE
Yotaro Kobayashi Former Chairman, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Minoru Makihara Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
Toshihiro Menju Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE
Yoshio Okawara Senior Advisor, Institute for International Policy Studies; former Ambassador to the United States of America
Ken Shibusawa President & CEO, JCIE
Kyoko Shimada Executive Director, Yokohama Arts Foundation
Yukio Takasu UN Undersecretary-General for Management; former Permanent Representative to the United Nations
   
Board of Counselors
Keiko Chino Columnist, Sankei Shimbun
Shinji Fukukawa Senior Advisor, Association for Technological Excellence Promoting Innovative Advances; Senior Advisor, Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute; former Vice Minister of Ministry of International Trade and Industry
Mitsuko Horiuchi Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University; former Assistant Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Akira Kojima Adviser, Japan Center for Economic Research
Motoko Mekata Professor, Chuo University
Kichisaburo Nomura Executive Advisor, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
Tatsuo Ohta President and Chief Executive Officer, Japan Association of Charitable Organizations
Taizo Yakushiji Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies
   
Auditors
Keikichi Honda Chairman, EFI Japan K.K.
Hisato Hoshi Corporate Advisor, Benesse Holdings, Inc.
   
Advisor
Yuzaburo Mogi Honorary CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Kikkoman Corporation
   
Senior Fellows
Keizo Takemi Professor, Tokai University; former Member, House of Councillors
Hitoshi Tanaka Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Koji Watanabe Former Japanese Ambassador to Russia
   
International Policy Advisory Group
Hitoshi Tanaka Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs [Chair]
Gerald L. Curtis Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University (USA)
Han Sung-Joo Chairman, The International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR); former Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs former Ambassador to the United States;
Jusuf Wanandi Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia)