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Research report for 2011 JANCPEC Social Resilience Research Project completed! The Social Resilience Research Project (SR Project) entails social policy research to support sustained growth and comprises four teams studying pensions, health insurance, unemployment insurance and macro analysis in Asia. The PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project 2011 was held in Plaza Hall, Kasumigaseki Building, Tokyo on July 25, 2011 and featured interim reports of research findings. At the concurrent session of the 20th PECC General Meeting in Washington, DC on September 28-30, 2011, Charles Horioka of Osaka University, an SR Project Macro Analysis Research Team Leader, gave a presentation on the research findings of the SR Project. Published copies of the final report for SR Project 2011 were published in March 2012 and distributed to participants during the PECC-SINCPEC Meeting in Singapore on April 25 -27. This report contains an executive summary as well as papers authored by members of the four research teams (pensions, health insurance, unemployment insurance and macro analysis).

PECC-SINCPEC Conference & PECC Standing Committee Meeting
The PECC-SINCPEC Conference on “APEC Economies: A Paradigm Shift?” and the PECC Standing Committee Meeting were held in Singapore from April 25th to 27th, 2012. Amb. Yoshiji Nogami, Chairman of JANCPEC, and Dr. Nobuhide Hatasa (Research Fellow, JIIA) attended the meeting. Focusing on the topic of “APEC Economies: A Paradigm Shift?” the PECC-SINCPEC Conference discussed the liberalization of trade, strategies for economic growth in the wake of Europe’s economic crisis, the best approaches to regional cooperation, the strengthening of competitiveness, the improvement of productivity and PECC’s role.
At the PECC Standing Committee Meeting held on the second day, Mr. Donald Campbell, Chairman of the Canadian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), was approved as a PECC Co-chair succeeding Charles Morrison. JANCPEC presented a report about its ongoing SR Project and proposed continuing this project into the next year as well; this proposal was approved by the other member committees. The attendees came to a consensus on furthering discussions of a future-looking agenda covering such topics as PECC’s future roles and activities and closer collaboration with non-member economies.

PECC International Project 2011-2012: Sustainable Management of Marine Resources
The PECC International Project "Sustainable Management of Marine Resources" was held in Nouméa, New Caledonia from November 22nd to 24th 2011. Nobuyuki Yagi, Associate Professor of University of Tokyo, attended and made a presentation. Details of conference can be found below:
      [PECC International Project 2011-2012: Sustainable Management of Marine Resources]

20th PECC General Meeting (Washington, DC, USA)
The 20th PECC General Meeting took place in Washington, DC, from September 28-30, 2011. The General Meeting's discussions centered on the Asia-Pacific region's economic prospects and the status of regional cooperation, also covering the role of free trade agreements, energy policies, employment conditions, the future of regional economic cooperation, and other topics of interest.

Concurrent sessions were held separately to address three specific topics: service industries, TPP, and Inclusive Growth. The Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) ran the Inclusive Growth session, which was chaired by JANCPEC Chairman Yoshiji Nogami and which featured a report on the SR Project's research findings by Professor Charles Horioka of Osaka University, an SR Project Macro Analysis Research Team Leader.

The Standing Committee meeting saw lively discussions on the levels of activity in member economies and on future projects. JANCPEC presented a report on last year's SR Project and proposed continuing this Project into next year, and then its proposal was approved by the Standing Committee. Energy and fiscal issues were raised as key topics for future PECC projects, and these are to be given further consideration by the parties involved.
      Details of the Washington General Meeting are available here.

APEC Workshop on Private Sector Emergency Preparedness
The APEC Workshop on Private Sector Emergency Preparedness, a joint Japan-US event, was held from August 1-3, 2011 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.

As one of the Japanese co-hosts, the Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to ensure the Workshop's success. Participating from the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) were JANCPEC Chairman Yoshiji Nogami and Research Fellow Nobuhide Hatasa (in charge of PECC affairs); Chairman Nogami delivered the Workshop's opening address. Representatives of 17 of APEC's 21 economies were in attendance, and the Workshop's discussions centered on business continuity plans (BCP) in the event of private-sector emergencies. The Workshop received extensive coverage from media organizations as the first government-sponsored international conference held in the area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
      Please see the following page for more details:
      http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/gaiko/apec/2011/wep_gaiyo0803.html
      An English-language version is available here:       http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/economy/apec/2011/wep0803.html

JANCPEC Social Resilience Project (SR Project) 2011 International Workshop
The PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project 2011 was held at Plaza Hall, Kasumigaseki Building, Tokyo on July 25, 2011. Details of the Workshop can be found below:
      「PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project 2011」
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PECC-USAPC-SINCPEC Conference
The PECC-USAPC-SINCPEC Conference on “Growing APEC Economies: New Challenges and Approaches” was held in Singapore from June 29th to 30th, 2011. Yoshiji Nogami, President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), attended and made a presentation. Details of the conference can be found below:
      http://www.sincpec.sg/Events/Conf_PECC-USAPC-SINCPEC_29300611.html

PECC International Project: Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centers
The PECC International Project “Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centers” was held in Perth, Australia from April 11th to 13th, 2011. Ryokichi Hirano, Professor Emeritus of Seikei University, attended and made a presentation. Details of his speech can be found below:
      「ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN ASIA:
        DIVERSITY IN APPROACHES AND CHALLENGES」


AAS-ICAS Joint Conference
The AAS (Association for Asian Studies) - ICAS (International Convention of Asia Scholars) Joint Conference was held in Honolulu, Hawaii from March 31st to April 3rd, 2011. Yoshiji Nogami, Chair of the Japan Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (JANCPEC), attended and made a presentation.

JANCPEC Social Resilience Research Project 2011
The 19th PECC General Meeting held in Tokyo in October 2010 approved the continuation of JANCPEC’s Social Resilience Research Project (SR Project) into 2011. In SR Project 2011, research members will examine the current status and prospects of the economies not addressed in last year’s research and pursue horizontal research that gives due consideration to the mutual interactions between areas of study. Similar to last year, the Project will have a four-fold focus: the pension systems, medicare systems, unemployment insurance systems, and macro analysis. The research members are listed below.
      SR Project 2011
JANCPEC held a PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project 2011 at Plaza Hall, Kasumigaseki Building, in Tokyo on July 12th, 2011 as an interim report session for this year’s SR Project. Details of the Workshop are found below.
      PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project 2011

19th PECC General Meeting held in Tokyo!
The 19th PECC General Meeting was held at the Hotel Okura Tokyo from October 20-22, 2010. This was the first time in 22 years, since the 6th Osaka General Meeting in 1988, that the PECC General Meeting was held in Japan. This year also marked a major milestone for PECC: the 30th anniversary of the 1st PECC Seminar held in Canberra in 1980. Nearly 300 participants attended this latest General Meeting, including members of 22 national/regional PECC committees, experts and leading figures from various fields and government officials.

In line with the theme of “PECC at 30: New Vision for APEC and Toward Further Regional Economic Cooperation,” lively discussions took place on new strategies for growth in the Asia-Pacific region and on regional issues. The proceedings of this PECC General Meeting were also reported to APEC Yokohama (see the PECC Joint Chairmen's Statement and the appended 19th General Meeting Report) and, with Japan having also hosted the General Meeting, PECC was able to play an active role as an official APEC observer.
      19th PECC General Meeting Program

Research report for 2010 JANCPEC Social Resilience Research Project completed!
The Social Resilience Research Project being undertaken by the Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) was officially approved as a PECC International Project at the PECC General Meeting held in Singapore from October 9-10, 2009. The Social Resilience Research Project (“SR Project”) entails social policy research to support sustained growth and comprises four teams studying pensions, medicare, unemployment insurance and macro analysis in Asia.

The PECC International Workshop on the Social Resilience Project took place at the International House of Japan in Tokyo from March 4-5, 2010, and featured interim reports of research findings. The leaders of the four research teams subsequently reported on their research results at the 19th PECC General Meeting held on October 21, 2010. Published copies of the research report for this year's SR Project were distributed to participants during the 19th PECC General Meeting.

This report contains an executive summary as well as papers authored by members of the four research teams (pensions, medicare, unemployment insurance, and macro analysis). Contained in the executive summary are policy recommendations derived from the research findings that were also presented to the APEC Ministerial Meeting. The release of this report marks an end to this year's activities, but the PECC Standing Committee has given its approval for the SR Project to be continued next year and beyond in view of the importance of the topics it covers.

  2010 SR Project Report
         Contents, Foreword, Executive Summary
         1. Pension System
         2. Medicare System
         3. Unemployment Insurance System
         4. Macro Analysis


The Kick-Off ! ! "JANCPEC Social Resilience Research Project"
The PECC officially approved the "JANCPEC Social Resilience Research Project" as a PECC International Project at the Singapore conference (October 9-11, 2009) entitled "Economic Crisis and Recovery: Enhancing Resilience, Structural Reform, and Freer Trade in the Asia-Pacific Region"(http://www.pecc.org/). The Social Resilience Research Project (SR Project) is the first ambitious attempt by the APEC/PECC family to discuss social policy in the Asia-Pacific region in depth. APEC and PECC have long argued for the liberalization of investment and trade. Looking beyond the economic crisis, the time has come for individual Asian countries to address domestic social policies in earnest and to discuss the sense of security of those persons who underpin liberalization and brisk domestic demand as well as social safety nets for them in connection with a major paradigm shift toward the construction of a resilient model for sustained economic growth. Given this scope, the SR Project has a four-fold focus: the pension systems, medicare systems, unemployment insurance systems in the Asia-Pacific region, and a macro analysis. Details of the SR Project are available in this file.
      Social Resilience Project Team
      JANCPEC Social Resilience Project

We held PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience Project in Tokyo on March 4-5, 2010. The summary report of the Workshop is available below. SR Project session will be held in October 2010 at the 19th PECC General Meeting in Tokyo. In addition, we will publish a final report of the SR Project and prepare draft policy proposals for PECC and APEC 2010.
      PECC International Workshop on Social Resilience

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JANCPEC activities

National/regional committees support PECC's activities at the domestic level. In Japan, the Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) coordinates domestic activities pertinent to PECC's international activities and serves as a core organization for promoting Pacific region cooperation activities in Japan. Its membership comprises about 100 leading figures from Japanese industry, academia and government, and JANCPEC holds a national conference once or twice each year.

Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC)

Chair Yoshiji Nogami, President and Director-General, Japan Institute of International Affairs
Executive Director Hideki Asari, Deputy Director-General, Japan Institute of International Affairs
Location of secretariat Toranomon Mitsui Bldg.3F, Kasumigaseki 3-8-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013
(inside the Japan Institute of International Affairs)
Tel: 03-3503-7744, FAX: 03-3503-6707

Specific cooperation activities are carried out by sector-specific task forces, study groups, etc., established under PECC. At present, the following subcommittees are engaged in undertaking international task force activities, etc.
Projects organized by Japan

1.

Social Resilience - Subcommittee on Development of Resilient Socio-economic Infrastructure

Designed to generate proposals for the 2010 PECC General Meeting in Japan and the subsequent APEC Japan meeting, this urgent project will compile recommendations on social security approaches (education as well as issues tied to aging such as pensions, medical care and employment) for establishing a society able to recover from financial crises (a resilient society) and promoting domestic demand-driven growth.
Organizing country: Japan

2.

Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) Subcommittee

The Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) Subcommittee was established as a task force at the 5th General Conference to prepare economic outlooks. In light of the extensive feedback and praise its report at the 6th General Conference received, the Subcommittee has since become one of PECC's core task forces. PEO is actively engaged in joint endeavors with experts and scholars from other PECC member nations/regions.

Monetary Policy Regime (Project General Manager: Akira Kosaka, Professor, Osaka University)

Comparing monetary policy regimes and their impact on macroeconomic performance in developed and developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan established the Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) Japan Committee in the Kansai area to implement this project, and PEO Japan hosts international meetings, compiles the results of joint endeavors, etc., while maintaining close contact with other national committees and organizations. The PEO Japan Committee's secretariat is currently located within the Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR).
Organizing country: Japan


Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) Japan Committee
PEO Japan Committee Chair: Yoshiji NOGAMI (PECC Japan National Committee Chair)

      Asia Pacific Institute of Research

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JANCPEC Schedule of Upcoming Events

2013  June 21st PECC General Meeting Vancouver (Canada)
  Nov. PECC Conference Jakarta (Indonesia)

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What is PECC?

The Japan Institute of International Affairs serves as the secretariat of the Japan National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC). Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami is the JANCPEC chair.
The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council is an independent and unofficial regional mechanism to advance economic cooperation and market-driven integration. PECC is a unique partnership of business, government and intellectual leaders engaged in their private capacities to promote economic growth, social progress, scientific and technological development, and environmental conservation. Founded in 1980 at the initiative of Masayoshi Ohira and Malcom Fraser, then prime ministers of Japan and Australia, PECC organizes task forces, project groups and forums. PECC has twenty-four full Member Committees and one Associate Member from economies in the Pacific region. The Japan National Committee consists of over one hundred representatives of business, government and the academy.

Further information is available at: www.pecc.org/

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Report from 18th PECC General Meeting (Washington, D.C.) - 2010 General Meeting to be held in Japan
This two-day meeting (May 12-13, 2009), held in the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., was attended by chairpersons and representatives from all PECC full and associate member national committees except those of Brunei, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The theme of this 18th General Meeting (Symposium) was "Crisis and Recovery: Regional and Global Roles for Asia-Pacific Economies," and discussions focused on the reverberations of last year's financial crisis in the world economy. More than 300 participants were at this meeting, which was hosted by the United States Asia Pacific Council and the East-West Center.

During the meeting of the Standing Committee preceding the General Meeting, Japan National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (JANCPEC) Chair Yoshiji Nogami gave a presentation on the preparations being undertaken at JANCPEC to launch a "Social Resilience Task Force Project (name tentative)." He reported on the idea of launching projects covering social safety nets (pensions, medical care, aging issues, unemployment insurance and funding therefor) and education (and funding therefor) with an eye toward APEC Japan 2010; these projects are to be concluded before the start of APEC Japan 2010. Chair Nogami also announced that he would like to see Japan host the upcoming 19th PECC General Meeting (2010); this proposal was approved unanimously.

Below is an overview of the General Meeting (Symposium).

Multiple analyses of the current situation noted that the economic slowdown in Asia has for the most part bottomed out. Opinion was divided on the course of the subsequent recovery, with some anticipating a V-shaped rebound and others expecting wild fluctuations for some time to come. Many participants, seeing the crisis as an opportunity to bring about overall economic recovery and sustained growth, stressed the need to tackle domestic structural reforms and to monitor the tendency toward excessive protectionism to ensure that the benefits of free trade are not hampered by a temporary crisis. Cooperation by the Asian region in addressing not only recovery from the economic crisis but also global environmental issues by, for instance, using existing frameworks for collaboration was also regarded as essential.

      Click here for further details on the Washington General Meeting

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