Japan's Future Economic Directions: Center on Japanese Economy and Business 20th Anniversary Conference in Tokyo, May 15, 2006

"The Center on Japanese Economy and Business was
established 20 years ago, in spring 1986. Our very first
conference was jointly held with the Ministry of Finance
Research Institute, and was titled “Japan and the United
States Today: Exchange Rates, Macroeconomic Policies,
and Financial Market Innovations.” Those topics are just as
important today as they were 20 years ago. Two of the
Japanese speakers then were bright young scholars named
Kazuo Ueda and Heizo Takenaka; I am delighted that they
will be participating in our program today as well.
The mission of the Center from its inception has been
to promote knowledge and understanding of the Japanese
economy and its business systems in domestic, East Asian,
and global contexts, with a special focus on the U.S.-
Japan relationship. Over time, the strategy and ways to
implement this mission have developed and evolved as
circumstances in Japan and in the world have changed so
dramatically. Indeed Japan’s role as a major, mature player
in the global economic system is even more important
today than it was 20 years ago."



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