Central Japan Economic Federation
Central Japan Economic Federation, known as “Chukeiren”, is a comprehensive economic organization covering a wide area including 5 prefectures in Central Japan. Chukeiren conducts surveys and studies on social and economic issues in and outside of Central Japan, compiles opinions of businesses in the area, and submits recommendations and engages in various activities to achieve goals.
Chukeiren works with the national and local governments as well as relevant agencies to execute a wide spectrum of projects, such as the “Opening of Chubu Centrair International Airport”, “Hosting the EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN”, “Establishment of Nanostructures Research Lab”, “Support to Attract and Host the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity”, and “Establishment of Nagoya Innovator’s Garage”.
Area of Activity
|5 prefectures in Central Japan including Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, and Mie|
|Approx. 780 enterprises, educational corporations, and economic organizations in Central Japan|
In today's world, digital revolutions are accelerating, and social and industrial structures are undergoing fast changes. In Japan, the issue of shrinking populations is growing more serious, the speed of innovations appears stagnant, and we face threats from large-scale natural disasters. We were under pressure to address all of these issues when the novel coronavirus pandemic hit. To rebuild the economy of Central Japan, we must assess the impact and immediate threat of these issues to the region. We must also take bold actions as the whole world undergoes changes more drastically than ever before. I see no other way to rebuild the economy of Central Japan and Japan as a whole. Often seen as a conservative region, Central Japan must reinvent itself by thinking outside the box, embracing innovations, and facilitate breakthroughs to spur continuous growth.
In such an economic environment, the Central Japan Economic Federation, known as "Chukeiren", is focusing on three key issues; (1) bringing into reality the wide-area cooperation among industry, academia, and government within and between each of the five prefectures of Central Japan, (2) building innovation ecosystems based on the Nagoya Innovator's Garage, and (3) opening the second runway at Chubu Centrair International Airport. Chukeiren will also build stronger foundations for the future of the region by vitalizing communities with diverse human resources, energizing local industries by supporting SMEs and tourism, and promoting corporations' disaster prevention and mitigation efforts.
It is crucial to muster all of the power and resources available to Central Japan to address these challenges and plant seeds for our future. This is why Chukeiren's role as a liaison - whether among industry, academia, and government or between the five prefectures in the region - will gain greater importance in coming days.
To pursue the vision of the "Super Mega Region" realized by the opening of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen and to bring an even brighter spotlight to Central Japan, Chukeiren pledges to gather resources from its members, industries, academia, and governments and break through hurdles that might block the growth of the region. Please join us and help us in our effort to build a brighter future for Central Japan.
(Honorary Advisor, Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc)
In order to address issues on industry and economy in and outside of Central Japan, Chukeiren has established twelve committees to conduct surveys and studies, make proposals, and engage in various other activities. The committees also offer opportunities for Federation members to network and exchange information.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities in the area of economic policies, social systems, economic laws and regulations, etc.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests in the area of taxation reform and subsidies which would benefit industrial development and promotion.
Submit requests and engage in related activities to develop taxation systems which would help build national resiliency.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in activities to support technological advancement and promotion of leading-edge industries ‒ such as next-generation automobiles and aerospace ‒ and other industries.
Conduct activities to promote industrial use of colleges and public testing and research institutions.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities in the area of energy and environmental protection.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities to accelerate innovation and create new industries.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities to help develop and utilize new technologies, such as AI and IoT.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals, and engage in promotional activities to increase global competitiveness of industries and strengthen global networks.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in activities to promote industries which support the region, such as the service industry and indigenous industries including traditional crafts.
Address local issues and bring to light local needs through round-table discussions with local members.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in activities to promote tourism.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities in the area of community and infrastructure development with an eye toward a future super-mega region.
Submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities in the area of decentralization, expansion of jurisdiction and collaboration amongst government agencies.
Conduct surveys and studies and submit proposals and requests to develop a comprehensive transportation network.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in promotional activities in the area of disaster prevention and mitigation by the business communities.
Conduct surveys and studies, submit proposals and requests, and engage in activities to promote development of human resources which support the region and local industries.
Achieving the “Future Vision of Central Japan”
Innovations in digital technologies occur at a fast pace, inter-city competitions grow fierce at the global level, the labor population is shrinking more quickly than the general population is; the social and industrial structures in Central Japan are changing dramatically. Any delay in adapting to these changes could turn Central Japan into a thing of the past. Chukeiren calls out for the need for a shared sense of urgency amongst industry, academia, and government as well as the need for a dynamic vision for Central Japan as one single region spreading beyond government frameworks. Hence, Chukeiren published “Future Vision of Central Japan” in March 2019.
Aiming to achieve the vision, Chukeiren executes various activities in (i) promoting the execution of demonstration projects and (ii) establishing a framework which accelerates wide-area community building.
Increase Power to Innovate
The industrial structure of the world is in a dramatic revolutionary period with rapid advancement in the development of technology and utilization of AI, IoT, robots, big data, etc., followed by the creation of a succession of new business models.
It is essential to enhance innovation further by combining different fields and to create new industries so that Central Japan, which has developed as a home to the manufacturing industry, can develop further without falling behind the trends of the times.
Chukeiren carries out activities in collaboration with organizations from industry, academia, and government for continuous improvement and enhancement of innovation systems in Central Japan.
In July 2019, Chukeiren worked with the City of Nagoya to launch “Nagoya Innovator’s Garage”. This project aims to provide a place for entrepreneurs and enterprises to cooperate in creating new businesses and industries.
Offering various events and programs throughout the year, Chukeiren aims to make Innovator’s Garage a platform which energizes and accelerates innovation in Central Japan.
Chukeiren aims to engage in activities that produce concrete results to enhance the international competitiveness of industry in Central Japan.
Chukeiren holds a series of lectures with the latest international situations as a theme. Furthermore, in order to promote the globalization of Central Japan and improve the global competitiveness of its industries, Chukeiren prepares and provides recommendations to enhance the attractiveness of the region from the perspective of different groups of international residents in this region such as overseas investors, expatriates, and international students.
In our role as a liaison for foreign diplomatic offices, international related organizations, etc., Chukeiren makes efforts to conduct public relations activities to promote the attractiveness of Central Japan and to promote information exchange and enhance collaboration with foreign countries.
Promote Disaster Prevention and Environmental Protection Measures
Promoting Disaster Prevention Measures
Being prepared for large-scale disasters like a Nankai Trough earthquake is an urgent issue to address. Chukeiren promotes disaster prevention and mitigation measures with communities to improve the disaster prevention and mitigation capabilities of companies and minimizes the negative impact on economic activities by promoting BCP and BCM* efforts and establishing a system to encourage self-help efforts for a wide range of business operators that comprise supply chains.
Chukeiren also participates actively in discussions of new disaster prevention measures promoted by the government when unforeseen phenomena are observed along the Nankai Trough.
※BCP：Business Continuity Plan
BCM：Business Continuity Management
Promoting Environmental Protection Measures
The fight against global warming and other global efforts to protect our environment has grown more critical in recent years. Chukeiren watches the trends in national energy and environmental policies closely and publishes its opinions and recommendations, as appropriate, which satisfy needs for both environmental protection and economic growth.
Advance and Promote Industrial Technologies
Chukeiren is working on deregulation and establishment of systems for development and technology improvement of leading industries, such as the next-generation automobile industry and aerospace industry.
Next-generation Automobile Industry
Chukeiren is working on improvement of the environments of social systems (infrastructure, information communication, systems, etc.) for links in urban development to promote the spread of future next-generation vehicle automatic driving and ITS*, electric vehicles and fuel-cell vehicles, and car sharing and mobility segregation.
*ITS: Intelligent Transport System
Home to the largest number of companies in Japan’s aerospace industry, Central Japan is working toward becoming a global center of the aerospace industry. Chukeiren has established its vision for the future of the aerospace industry and helps the region’s effort by advocating for the development of necessary social systems, the establishment of competitive production systems, the development of human resources with high expertise, and more.
Develop Human Resources Supporting Central Japan
To support the sustainable development of Central Japan, it is crucial to cultivate human resources with timeless fundamental skills who can think and act for themselves.
To execute its proposal described in “Cultivation of Human Resources to Support the Future of Central Japan” (published in December 2017), Chukeiren promotes collaborative efforts with industry, academia, and government. One such example is the program “Pools of Corporations and Human Resources”, where member corporations dispatch their representatives as lecturers to classes at member universities.
In addition, Chukeiren conducts surveys and studies in subjects such as the diversity in human resources and the reformation in working practices to meet the needs of a depopulating society.
Vitalize Local Industries
Vibrant local industries play a crucial role in addressing one of the most important issues facing Japan ‒ the revitalization of regional communities.
To achieve this goal, Chukeiren encourages dialogue that takes place in various parts of Central Japan ‒ such as the Regional Industry Vitalization Committee and round-table conferences by regional members ‒ and liaises committees of different domains. Chukeiren also executes various efforts for stronger wide-area collaborations. Some such examples are making recommendations and requests in the business succession of SMEs, regulatory and systemic reforms, IT-based productivity enhancement, and promotion of traditional crafts in cooperation with producers and relevant parties.
Promote Tourism through Wide-Area Cooperation
Central Japan has a high potential in tourism, with its geographical advantages, abundance of tourism resources, and excellent network of land, maritime, and air transport.
Acting as a DMO, the Central Japan Tourism Association (CEO: Chairman of Chukeiren) supports activities to vitalize the tourism industry and local economies in 9 prefectures in the Chubu and Hokuriku Regions. Chukeiren supports Central Japan Tourism Association in their marketing-based strategic promotional activities and efforts to refine resources in the region. This is how Chukeiren extends its efforts beyond administrative boundaries and helps stimulate local tourism.
Consolidate Social Infrastructure
To enhance industry in Central Japan and make this region more global and appealing, it is necessary to develop a comprehensive land-sea-air regional traffic network that includes the Linear Chuo Shinkansen.
Chukeiren established “Vision of Transportation Network in Central Japan” (published in April 2016) and “For Consolidation of Transportation Network in Central Japan” (published in June 2018).
Early Construction of the Second Runway at Chubu Centrair International Airport
Chubu Centrair International Airport is a gateway that connects Central Japan to the rest of the world and is an international hub airport equivalent to Narita, Haneda, and Kansai airports. Chukeiren is trying to expand the flight network of Chubu Centrair International Airport and demand for flights and is promoting activities for early realization of construction of the second runway and full 24-hour operation.
Improvements of Port Facilities
Eying further growth of Central Japan, Chukeiren is working on promoting improvements of port facilities, such as construction of terminals for container vessels and cruise ships and enhancement of disaster protection functions through construction and renovation of tide embankments in the Port of Nagoya, which is Japanʼs top port in terms of cargo volume, as well as in major ports such as Mikawa, Yokkaichi, and Shimizu.
Improvements of Road Networks
It is essential to improve road networks for logistics and tourism, as well as for serious disasters such as Nankai Trough earthquakes. In addition to arterial high-standard highways, Chukeiren is working on promoting improvement of local high-standard highways.
Develop Economy-related Research and
As economic research, Chukeiren investigates and studies economic trends in Central Japan and provides information in a timely manner by issuing a “Current Situations and Forecast on Business Confidence in Central Japan” report every quarter.
As for recommendations on economic policy, each year, Chukeiren prepares proposals by selecting a timely theme for further development in Central Japan, submits requests, and carries out promotional activities.
Regarding recommendations on the taxation system, Chukeiren prepares a statement every year and submits requests for tax reform that will help cultivate and promote industries in Central Japan.
Take the Subway Higashiyama Line or the Meijo Line to Sakae Station. Go out of Exit #5 and go east 50m.