Japan Economic Foundation

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Jiji Press Building, current JEF headquarters

The Japan Economic Foundation (JEF, 国際経済交流財団 Kokusai Keizai Kōryū Zaidan) is an organization which describes itself as promoting economic and technological exchanges between Japan and other countries.[1] Its head office is on the 11th floor of the Jiji Press Building (時事通信ビル Jiji Tsūshin Biru) in Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo.[2] Previously its head office was on the 11th floor in the Fukoku Seimei Building (富国生命ビル Fukoku Seimei Biru) in Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.[3]

Fukoku Seimei Building, former headquarters

It was established in 1981.[1] The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) established the agency as a way of reducing the size of its budget since it anticipated a reduction in its subsidies.[4] Malcolm Trevor, author of Japan - Restless Competitor: The Pursuit of Economic Nationalism, wrote that because leadership roster included Shoichi Akazawa (赤澤 璋一 Akazawa Shōichi), Naohiro Amaya, and Minoru Masuda (益田 実 Masuda Minoru), its publications would be de facto government publications even if they are not presented as such.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Our Profile" (Archive). Japan Economic Foundation. Retrieved on January 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Contact Us" (Archive). Japan Economic Foundation, Retrieved on January 20, 2014. "11th Floor, Jiji Press Bldg 5-15-8 Ginza Chuo-ku,Tokyo 104-0061, Japan" - Japanese address (Archive): "〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座5-15-8 時事通信ビル11F"
  3. ^ "Journal of Japanese Trade & Industry" (). Japan Economic Foundation. January 4, 1997. Retrieved on January 20, 2014. "Japan Economic Foundation,11th Floor,Fukoku Seimei Bldg., 2-2 Uchisaiwai-cho 2-chome,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo,100 Japan" - Japanese address (): "〒100 東京都千代田区内幸町2-2-2 富国生命ビル11階"
  4. ^ Hollerman, Leon. Japan, Disincorporated: The Economic Liberalization Process (Issue 363 of Publication Series). Hoover Press, January 1, 1988. ISBN 0817986332, 9780817986339. p. 171. "Anticipating a cut in the size of its subsidy budget, MITI in 1982 inaugurated two new councils that would effectively offset the reductions and leave its total budget intact. The first of these was the Kokusai Keizai Kōryu [sic] Zaidan (Japan Economic Foundation); the second was Bōeki Sangyō Kyōryoku Zaidan (Japan Trade and Industry Cooperation Foundation)."
  5. ^ Trevor, Malcolm. Japan - Restless Competitor: The Pursuit of Economic Nationalism. Routledge, December 16, 2013. ISBN 1134278349, 9781134278343. p. 63.

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