Toshitami Kaihara
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  • President, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute

Born in 1933. Graduated (in Law) from University of Tokyo in 1956. After he entered the Ministry of Home Affairs, he was appointed as Director of the District Affairs Division of Hyogo Prefectural Government in 1970 and Vice Governor in 1980. He was elected Governor of Hyogo Prefecture in 1986 and served for four terms (15 years). Currently, he is also President of Hyogo Prefecture Regional Policy Research Institute.

Akira Kojima
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  • Chairman, Japan Center for Economic Research(JCER)

Born in 1942. Graduated from the Economics Department of Waseda University in 1965. Joined the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei) the same year. Served as Managing Director and Editor in Chief from 2000, and Senior Managing Director and Editor in Chief from 2003, and his present position from 2004. From 2002 to 2004, served as an advisor to the Cabinet Office's Gender Equality Council and as an advisor to the Cabinet Office’s Judicial System Reform Promotion Head Office. Also serves as Professor at Keio University's Graduate School of Business and Commerce.

Atsushi Seike
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  • Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University

Atsushi Seike is currently Professor of Labor Economics, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University. He graduated from Keio University in 1978 and He holds M.A. and Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Graduate School of Business and Commerce. He was a Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics University of California, Los Angeles, 1987-1988. He was also a Consultant, Economics and Statistics Department, the Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, 1987-1992. He was a Visiting Principal Research Officer, Economic Research Institute, Economic Planning Agency, 1995-1997.
Books(in Japanese):“Towards an Age-free Society”, “The Economics of Older Workers” (co-author), “Labor Economics”etc.

Yutaka Katayama
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  • Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University

After studying doctoral course at the Law School of Kyoto University, he joined the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University as research associate in 1981. He then moved to the Faculty of General Education, Okayama University as associate professor in 1987. In 1993 he joined the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University as associate professor and as professor since 1996. Prior to that he served as political attaché at the Japanese Embassy in Manila, analyzing the early years of the Ramos Administration. He is specialized in Southeast Asian politics centering on the Philippine.

Kenichi Sudo
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  • Professor, Faculty of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kobe University

Graduated in 1975 and Ph.D. in 1985 from Tokyo Metropolitan University. He has worked at National Museum of Ethnology(1975-1993) and moved to Kobe University in 1993. He is currently Director of Kobe University Library and President of Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology. His specialized fields are research of Oceania including social anthropology and overseas migration.
His major publications include The Structure of Matrilineal Society, Ethnography of Sexuality(co-edited.), Contemporary Migration in Oceania:Diaspora and Network(co-edited).

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