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Suga administration’s new growth strategy council welcomes eight private citizens

On Oct. 16, the Council on growth Strategy (chaired by Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato) held the first meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei]. During the meeting, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga requested an interim report from the council by the end of the year that includes plans for achieving higher productivity.


The council was launched to replace the Council on Investments for the Future, the recently disbanded headquarters for the nation’s growth strategy. The new council reports to the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (chaired by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga), the center of the government’s economic and fiscal policy.  Together, the two panels are designed to lead Japan’s economic revitalization.


The council has eight private-sector participants, including the chief of Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co., David Atkinson, who is reputed to be a leading adviser to Suga, and Keio University professor emeritus Heizo Takenaka. (Abridged)


Following are the names and positions of the council’s eight private sector members:


Yoshifumi Kanemaru, Chairman and President, Future Corporation

Takeshi Kunibe, Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Kengo Sakurada, President and CEO, Sompo Holdings

Heizo Takenaka, Professor emeritus, Keio University

David Atkinson, CEO, Konishi Decorative Arts and Crafts Co.

Tomoko Nanba, Chairwoman, DeNA Co., Ltd.

Lully Miura, President, Yamaneko Research Institute Inc.

Akio Mimura, Chairman, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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