Kojiro Niino
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  • Chairman, Kobe Institute of Urban Research

Graduated from Kobe University of Economics in 1949. In 1963 he became professor at the Faculty of Economics of Kobe University, and after serving as dean of the Faculty, from 1985 to 1991 he served as President of Kobe University, and became Professor Emeritus and Director of the Kobe Institute of Urban Research in 1991, being appointed Chairman of the same Institute in 2000. In work related to earthquakes, from February 1995 he has served on various reconstruction-related committees and councils in Kobe City and Hyogo Prefecture, including Chairman of the Urban Reconstruction Strategy Meeting. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the 10th year Restoration Committee. His specialization is in theoretical economics and economic policy.

Keiko Chino
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  • Editor and Osaka Resident Columnist, The Sankei Shimbun

Received her BA from Waseda University and joined the Sankei Shimbun in 1967. She served as a correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun in Manila (1987-88), and as New York Bureau Chief (1990-93) and Singapore (1996-98).She became international news editor in 1993.Her recent books includes: Asia Watch (Co-author with Richard Halloran); How International media are reporting about Japan and Asia. She received 1997 Vaughn-Ueda international Award for reporting Southeast Asia.

Jusuf Wanandi
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  • Co-founder, Member, Board of Trustees, and Senior Fellow,
    Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta

Jusuf Wanandi has long been Indonesia's best known analyst of Southeast Asian regionalism and the politics and foreign policies of Indonesia and the United States. He holds leadership positions in the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, the Prasetiya Mulya Graduate School of Management in Jakarta, and the Foundation of Panca Bhakti University in Pontianak (West Kalimantan). He heads the company that publishes Indonesia's leading English-language daily, The Jakarta Post. He co-founded Indonesia's most successful foreign-affairs think tank, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.He has co-authored or co-edited more than a dozen books, including Europe and the Asia Pacific (1998), Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region (1993), and Asia and the Major Powers (1988).

Masaru Yoshitomi
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  • President and Chief Research Officer, Research Institute of
    Economy, Trade & Industry (RIETI)

He has Ph.D., in Economics, from the University of Tokyo. He joined the Economic Planning Agency (EPA), Government of Japan in 1962. He was Director of Economics and Statistics Department of OECD in Paris in1984-87, Director-General, the Coordination Bureau of EPA in 1991-92. He was Visiting Executive Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1993-1998 and Dean of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Institute in Tokyo in 1999-2003. He assumed present position in 2004. Books: Reality of the Asian Economy: Miracle, Crisis and Institutional Evolution, 2003 (in Japanese)

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