Keidanren Kaikan, the head office of Japan Business Federation
|Purpose||Promote the development of the Japanese economy|
|Hiroaki Nakanishi (chairman)|
|Keidanren, Japan Federation of Employers' Associations|
Japan Business Federation (, Nippon Keizai-dantai Reng?kai) is an economic organization founded in May 2002 by amalgamation of Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, established 1946) and Nikkeiren (Japan Federation of Employers' Associations, established 1948), with Nikkeiren being absorbed into Keidanren.
The federation is commonly referred to as "Keidanren", its 1,601 members consist of 1,281 companies, 129 industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations (as of June 15, 2010).
For most of the post-war period, Keidanren has been the voice of big business in Japan and is generally considered the most conservative of the country's three major private sector led business associations. The other two organizations are the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (?) and the Japan Association of Corporate Executives ().
According to the organization's official website, the mission of the Keidanren is to: accelerate growth of Japan's and world economy and to strengthen the corporations to create additional value to transform Japanese economy into one that is sustainable and driven by the private sector, by encouraging the idea of individuals and local communities.
The current chairman is Hiroaki Nakanishi of Hitachi Ltd.. He has been chairman of The Japan Business Federation since May 2018.
Keidanren and its predecessor bodies had a long history of providing substantial political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party. In the lead-up to the 2009 general election the Democratic Party of Japan made a pledge to ban political donations from companies and organizations. After the DPJ victory in that election, Keidanren stopped making political donations.
After the March 11th nuclear disaster and subsequent shutdown of all the nuclear plants in Japan, Keidanren called for their restart. This view was not shared by all business leaders, with Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani leaving the federation partly over this issue. Masayoshi Son of Softbank publicly objected to the focus on restarting the nuclear plants, but didn't leave the federation over it.
In 2002, when Keidanren took on its current form, two-thirds of its 18 vice-chairmen were from manufacturing companies. As of July 2012, only 8 of the 18 are filled by executives of manufacturers.
Yahoo! Japan was a founding member of Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani's Japan e-business association in February 2010, but after Rakuten withdrew from Keidanren in June 2011 and made moves to become the Japan Association of New Economy as a rival to Keidanren, Yahoo! Japan withdrew from the e-business association in March 2012. It joined Keidanren in July 2012.
Below are the lists of Presidents, Chairmen, Vice-presidents and Vice-chairmen of Japan Business Federation (as of July 1, 2011).
|Chairman||Sadayuki Sakakibara||Chairman of Toray Industries|
|Vice-chairman||Yoji Ohashi||Chairman of All Nippon Airways|
|Hiromichi Iwasa||President & CEO of Mitsui Fudosan|
|Katsuaki Watanabe||Vice-chairman of Toyota|
|Atsutoshi Nishida||Chairman of Toshiba|
|Shoji Muneoka||Representative Director and President of Nippon Steel Corporation|
|Takashi Kawamura||Representative Executive Officer, Chairman and CEO and Board Director of Hitachi Ltd|
|Masahiro Sakane||Chairman of Komatsu Limited|
|Satoshi Miura||President & CEO of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation|
|Yorihiko Kojima||Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation|
|Nobuo Kuroyanagi||Chairman of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ|
|Norio Katsumata||Chairman of Marubeni|
|Mutsutake Otsuka||Chairman of East Japan Railway Company|
|Katsutoshi Saito||Chairman of Dai-ichi Life|
|Masayuki Oku||Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group|
|Koji Miyahara||Chairman of NYK|
|Hideaki Omiya||President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries|
|Yoshio Nakamura||Secretary-General of Japan Business Federation|
|Council Chair||Fumiaki Watari||Advisor of JX Holdings|
|Vice-chairman||Yu Nomaguchi||Honorary Adviser of Mitsubishi Electric|
|Yoshiya Hara||Senior Advisor Head Office of Daiwa Securities Group|
|Naotake Okubo||Board Counsel of Sekisui Chemical|
|Akihiko Ide||Chairman of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation|
|Tsuneji Uchida||President of Canon|
|Norio Yamaguchi||Chairman of Ajinomoto|
|Kazuhisa Shinoda||President of Oji Paper Company|
|Go Ojita||Chairman of Asahi Group Holdings|
|Ashida Akimitsu||Chairman of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines|
|Kunio Ishihara||Chairman of Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.|
|Kaoru Yano||Chairman of NEC|
|Atsushi Kamei||President of Ito-Yokado|
|Fumio Ohtsubo||President of Panasonic Corporation|
|Shinzo Maeda||Chairman of Shiseido|
|Susumu Kato||President of Sumitomo Corporation|
|Eiza Kobayashi||Chairman of Itochu Corporation|
|1||Hiroshi Okuda||Toyota||May 2002 - May 2006|
|2||Mitarai Fujio||Canon||May 2006 - May 2010|
|3||Hiromasa Yonekura||Sumitomo Chemical||May 2010 - May 2014|