Research Projects for Fiscal Year 2014

Comprehensive Strategy

1. Growth Strategy for the Japanese Economy
Led by new Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, Keidanren plans to formulate a new vision within the year, and the 21st Century Public Policy Institute will also provide cooperation in activities such as (1) renewal of macro econometric model and (2) investigation on the population issues (Project Leader: Hisakazu Kato, Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University), as needed.

International Affairs

2. The Diplomacy for Japan to Promote and the Roles of the Business Community
The project will study the diplomacy for Japan to promote and the roles of the business community based on the trend of the international situation surrounding Japan. First, Japan-U.S. relations will be examined.
(Project Leader: Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo)

Energy and Environment

3. New International Framework on Climate Change and Japanís Domestic Countermeasures against Global Warming
The project will study Japanís strategy for COP 20 and COP 21 with regard to a new international framework after 2020, and also examine the Japanís domestic countermeasures against global warming.
(Project Leader: Akihiro Sawa)
4. Japanís Energy Policy: the nuclear business structure and legislation on compensation for nuclear damage
To continue to maintain Japanís nuclear business and technologies, the project will serve as an information node not only by accumulating domestic and foreign data on the nuclear business structure and legislation on compensation for nuclear damage, but also by enhancing information dispatch to the foreign countries.
(Project Leader: Akihiro Sawa)

Taxation and Fiscal System

5. New International Tax System in the Global Era
The project will study a new international tax system suited to the globalization of economic activities. In particular, we will examine issues such as the BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) problems.
(Project Leader: Keiji Aoyama, Professor, Graduate School of Accountancy, Waseda University)
6. Renewal of Public Facilities (Public Buildings/Infrastructures) in the Aged and Depopulating Society
Based on simulations with four cities in Japan and cases in foreign countries, the project will propose how public facilities, that is approaching the time for renewal, should be renovated (continuation).
(Project Leader: Takuya Tsuji: Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University)

Technology and Industry

7. Pursuit of Innovation
(1) Reform of National Innovation Systems
The project will make proposals for 1) national university reform, 2) national institutions reform, 3) system building for the formation of clusters (R&D bases), and 4) fostering of researchers and research management personnel, from the viewpoint of pursuing innovations.
(Project Leader: Kazuhito Hashimoto: Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
(2) Research on Japanese-style Open Innovation
The project will clarify the route to seeking and realizing Japanese-style models of open innovation based on the Japanese economy system, and propose measures and policies for innovation system reform. The project will also examine innovation competitions, which have recently become the focus of attention.
(Project Leader: Kazuyuki Motohashi, Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
8. Pursuit of New Agricultural Businesses
To construct strong agricultural businesses in Japan, the project will collect domestic cases that may serve as models of mature-type agriculture of advanced-country (customer-oriented, technical development, fused-industry, managerial innovation), and study issues and necessary measures.
(Project Leader: Kazunuki Ohizumi, Project Professor, Miyagi University)
9. Forests, Forestry and Wood Utilization Project
To restore the circulation cycle of Japanese forests ready for logging after post-war afforestation, the project will show the direction for forests/forestry that Japan should seek from the viewpoint of the demand for wood (continuation).
(Project Leader: Naoto Ando, Project Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)


1. Follow-ups for the China Issue
(Toshio Watanabe, Chancellor, Takushoku University)
2. Tax System Study Group
(Shigeki Morinobu, Professor, Chuo Law School)