About the Forum
 The Business-University Forum of Japan (BUF) was established as a forum for prominent leaders in businesses and universities to exchange candid opinions on a personal level and deepen mutual understanding.

 BUF's global agenda is to research and make recommendations on a wide array of issues with a special emphasis on the collaboration between businesses and universities to nurture leaders of the 21st century. BUF will actively seek participation from respective leaders around the world. And through such exchange, BUF aims to establish a world wide network of prominent business and academic leaders.

Outline
Date of establishment 25 December, 1992
Chairman

Fujio Cho <July 2013 - present>

(Honorary Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation)

Hiroshi Komiyama <July 2009 - July 2013>

Shoichiro Toyoda <August 2004 - July 2009>
Hiroyuki Yoshikawa <March 1998 - August 2004>
Gaishi Hiraiwa <June 1995 - March 1998>
Jiro Kondo <December 1992 - June 1995>

Entry Executive Committee members: 55
Steering Committee members: 45
(As of May 22. 2014)
Executive Director

Satoshi Kohara (July 2009-present)

Shuzaburo Takeda(December 1992-July 2009)

Secretariat Nishishinbashi AI Building 5F
3−15−13 Nishishinbashi Minato-ku TOKYO, JAPAN
Zip Code:105−0003
Management BUF is financed by annual fees from corporate members.
Organization
Executive Committee
Structure

Academia and the corporate sector are equally represented. To maintain a "Salon-like" atmosphere, new members to the Executive Committee must be nominated and approved by the existing members.

Roles

Along with an agenda provided by speeches from leading figures in various fields, the Executive Committee also facilitates discussions about Japan's future from the perspective of human resource development. Suggestions will be made to society as needed.

Frequency of meeting

Three times a year

 

Council
Structure

The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, selected members and Executive Director.

Roles

Considers and decides the operational issues of BUF.

Frequency of meeting

Three times a year

 

Steering Committee
Structure

Government bodies are selected by the Executive Committee.

Roles

Its main role is to support and facilitate the initiatives of the Executive Committee. Among many others, it will (a) organize various activities, (b) identify and structure issues for discussion, and (c) oversee the management and execution of the various incentives.

Frequency of meeting

Three times a year

 

Study group
Structure

Members of the Study Group are selected by the Steering Committee which represents from businesses, universities, governmental bodies, and other specialists from relevant domestic and foreign fields.

Roles

Discusses issues which surface at meetings of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee and formulates a solution.

Joshi School
Structure

Joshi-School Students are selected by the Executive Committee, the Steering Committee and the Joshi School Committee.

Roles

The name itself is derived from two Kanji, (jo), meaning “forgive” and (shi) meaning “mind and will power”. Simply put, it means to be able to see from another person's point of view by being forgiving and liberal enough to help innovative people realize their potential and be more determined. By holding students an opportunity to listen to views set forth by leading figures in various fields.

Frequency of meeting

Essentially once a month.

 
THe Executive Program Committee
Structure

Members are selected by the Executive Committee and Steering Committee.

Roles

Leads preparations for the internatinal meeting and symposium.

 
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