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Prime Minister's Commission
on
Japan's Goals in the 21st Century

Office for the Prime Minister's Commission
on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century
Cabinet Secretariat
1-6-1, Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914

On March 26, 1999, Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi announced the establishment of the Prime Minister's Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century, appointing sixteen leading private citizens from diverse fields of expertise as its members listed below in Appendix 1. The mandate of the Commission is to come up with a report to the Prime Minister on the desirable future direction of Japan which the next generation of Japanese can aspire to in the new century, thus encouraging a broader national debate on the subject, and offering its recommendations for mid-term and long-term policy consideration. The Commission will finalize its report toward the beginning of the new millennium.

The Prime Minister in the first meeting of the Commission on March 30, 1999, told the members that Japan needed to reorient its national goals from those that prevailed during the periods of modernization and industrialization wherein Japan tended to put primary emphasis on economic growth in its effort to catch up with the Western industrialized nations. Prime Minister Obuchi expressed his hope that Japan will become a prosperous nation with a strong commitment to human values and dignity. In this first meeting of the members of the Commission, the Prime Minister appointed Dr. Hayao Kawai, Director-General of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, as the Commission Chairman, and Mr. Tadashi Yamamoto, President of the Japan Center for International Exchange, as its coordinator.

At the second meeting of the Commission held on April 21, 1999, with the participation of the Prime Minister, the Commission decided to create five subcommittees with 35 additional experts drawn from various fields. These subcommittees, which began deliberations in late May, are expected to compile their reports toward the end of this year. These reports will be integrated into the final report of the Commission. The subcommittees with their members are listed below in Appendix 2 along with their respected themes.


Appendix‚P

Members of the Prime Minister's Commission
on
Japan's Goals in the 21st Century

Chairperson:
Hayao Kawai Director-General, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Members:
Akira Amano President, Japan Pediatric Association
Tamotsu Asami Deputy Managing Director, Chuokoron-Shinsha
Yoichi Funabashi Chief Diplomatic Correspondent and Columnist, The Asahi Shimbun
Masako Hoshino Director, Japan NPO Center
Makoto Iokibe Professor, Kobe University; President, The Japanese Political Science Association
Heita Kawakatsu Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Yotaro Kobayashi Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai)
Akira Kojima Director and Editorial Page Editor, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Akira Miyoshi Composer; Director-General, Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall; Former President, Toho Gakuen School of Music
Chiaki Mukai Science Astronaut, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)
Keiko Nakamura Deputy Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Yuri Okina Senior Economist, The Japan Research Institute
Takeshi Sasaki Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo
Masakazu Yamazaki Playwright; Critic; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
Tadashi Yamamoto President, Japan Center for International Exchange


Appendix 2

Prime Minister's Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century

Subcommittee‡T
|Japan's Place in the World|

--New Framework for International Relations
--Japan's National Interest and Redefinition of Japan's International Role
--The Japanese in the Global Community

(* member of the commission)
Chairperson:
*Makoto Iokibe Professor, Kobe University; President, The Japanese Political Science Association
Members:
Keiko Chino Editorial Writer, Sankei Shimbun
*Yoichi Funabashi Chief Diplomatic Correspondent and Columnist, The Asahi Shimbun
Shinichi Kitaoka Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo
Ryosei Kokubun Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, Keio University
Hiroshi Nakanishi Associate Professor, Department of Law, Kyoto University
Natsuo Sekikawa Author; Critic
Yoshihide Soeya Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, Keio University
Kurayoshi Takara Professor of History, College of Law and Letters, University of the Ryukyus
Akihiko Tanaka Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

Subcommittee‡U
|Prosperity and Dynamism|

--Corporations and Society/Organizations and Individuals
--New Concept of "Equity"
--Governance of Society (Self Help, Autonomy, and Accountability)

(* member of the commission)
Chairperson:
*Yotaro Kobayashi Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai)
Members:
Mikio Akiyama Attorney at Law
Yoshinori Hiroi Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Chiba
Mikiko Iwasaki Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tsukuba
Haruo Naito President and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd.
*Yuri Okina Senior Economist, The Japan Research Institute
Ken-ichiro Oohara President, OHARA MUSEUM OF ART
*Takeshi Sasaki Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo
*Tadashi Yamamoto President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Taizo Yakushiji Vice President and Professor, Keio University

Subcommittee‡V
|Achieving Contented and Enriching Life|

--Life-Time Fulfillment
--Diversity and Freedom of Choice
--Balancing Man, Nature, and Science

(* member of the commission)
Chairperson:
*Keiko Nakamura Deputy Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Members:
*Masako Hoshino Director, Japan NPO Center
Takenori Inoki Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University
*Akira Kojima Director and Editorial Page Editor, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Taro Maki Journalist; Reporter, Mainichi Newspaper
Hiroko Minami President and Professor, College of Nursing Art & Science, Hyogo
Yoichiro Murakami Professor, International Christian University
Ken Sakamura Professor, Digital Museum Laboratory, University Museum, University of Tokyo
Naomi Sento Film Director
Masahiko Shimada Author

Subcommittee‡W
|Beautiful Country and Safe Society|

--Bountiful Natural Endowment
--New Civilization and Ecological Sustainability
--System for Safeguarding the Society

(* member of the commission)
Chairperson:
*Heita Kawakatsu Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Members:
*Akira Amano President, Japan Pediatric Association
*Tamotsu Asami Deputy Managing Director, Chuokoron-Shinsha
Mie Hama Actress
Masaaki Homma Vice President; Professor and Director of Economics, Osaka University
Toyo Ito Architect
Koharu Kisaragi Playwright; Art Director
Reiko Kuroda Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
Takanori Matsui Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Kazuhiro Ueta Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Finance, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

Subcommittee‡X
|Future of the Japanese|

--Developing the World Class Human Resources
--Redefining the Fundamentals of Education
--Toward a Dignified Society

(* member of the commission)
Chairperson:
*Masakazu Yamazaki Playwright; Critic; Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
Members:
Satoru Ikeuchi Professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Takashi Mikuriya Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Yuko Miyazaki Attorney at Law
*Akira Miyoshi Composer; Director-General, Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall
*Chiaki Mukai Science Astronaut, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)
Emiko Ochiai Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Hatsuhisa Takashima Executive Controller-General, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Kiyotada Tsutsui Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Kiyokazu Washida Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University