The Japan Productivity Center performs such activities as announcing policy proposals and providing solutions through productivity innovation and strengthening global competitiveness.
1. Public Policy Area
(1) Japan Akademeia
Co-President: Mr. Jiro Ushio, Chairman & CEO, Ushio Inc.
Co-President: Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi, Honorary Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kikkoman Corporation
Co-President: Mr. Takeshi Sasaki, President, The Association for Promoting Fair Elections
Co-President: Ms. Sadako Ogata, Former President of Japan International Cooperation Agency
Co-President: Mr. Kaoru Kamata, President, Waseda University
Co-President: Mr. Rikio Kouzu, President, Japanese Trade Union Confederation
Co-President: Mr. Makoto Gonokami, President, The University of Tokyo
Co-President: Mr. Atsushi Seike, President, Keio University
Co-President: Mr. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy
To support and enhance the leadership of public sector human resources critical in securing the future of Japan. This will be achieved by establishing a hub to re-connect politicians, bureaucrats and citizens and by utilizing their knowledge and experience in diverse fields.
To hold more than 50 discussion meetings attended by the Prime Minister, party leaders, political figures and foreign VIPs starting from March 2012.
To hold more discussion meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (May 17 and December 19, 2013.)
To hold a “Long-term Vision Study Meeting” to look at the long-term plan for Japan from March 2013.
To hold the First Akademeia Forum on December 18, 2013.
Discussion meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
(2) Japan Economic Growth Forum
Co-Chairman: Ms. Hiroko Ota, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Co-Chairman: Mr. Susumu Takahashi, Chairman, Japan Research Institute
Co-Chairman: Mr. Kazuhiko Toyama, CEO, Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
To initiate policy proposals to achieve economic growth in the face of globalization and a decreasing and a aging population. To secure an environment for future growth and create new growth industries.
・Forum for Creation of New Business for Innovation in Electricity Consumption (May 25, 2012)
・Introducing the result of Urgent Questionnaire on Companies' Entry into Agricultural Sector (December 3, 2013)
・Introducing the result of Urgent Questionnaire to Company CEOs (Twice a year)
・Symposium "Conditions for success of agriculture as a business" (June 27, 2014)
Symposium "Conditions for success of agriculture as a business"
2. Productivity Reform Area
(1) Service Productivity & Innovation for Growth (SPRING)
Principal Member: Mr. Naoyuki Akikusa, Advisor, Fujitsu Ltd.
SPRING was set up in 2006 under the economic growth initiative of then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a tri-party platform of industry, academia and government to promote innovation and productivity of the service industry. (SPRING has members from diverse sectors in Japan.) In the 2013 government initiative to revitalize Japan, it was decided that “SPRING will be positioned as a national movement.” SPRING works as the place to share knowledge and promote dialogue among members to support the dynamic growth of the service industry.
- Collection and promotion of best practices: SPRING identifies and promotes the service industry companies that are performing best practices. The companies are presented with the “Japan 300 High-Service Award” and their practices publicized so that mutual learning can occur.
- Symposia, seminars and company visits: SPRING organizes seminars of different topics and discussion meetings featuring successful business people. It also organizes company visits to share best practices.
- Research, policy proposals, public relations
SPRING develops, researches and makes policy proposals regarding the JCSI (Japanese Customer Satisfaction Index)
(2) Award (JQA) and Japan Quality
President: Mr. Tomijiro Morita, Special Advisor, The Daiichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
The Japan Quality Award was established after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which helped trigger the recovery of the U.S. economy during the 1980s. The program supports the management innovation of companies with a framework focused on management quality.
- Administering of the Japan Quality Award (Established in 1995. Thirty-four institutions have received the award to date.)
- 1,500 members including the regional Award Councils to promote the program.
- “Quality Class Certification” to support the improvement in management quality in healthcare institutions.
3. Work-Life and Labor-Management Relations Management Area
(1) Promotion of diversity with Working Women's Empowerment Forum
Co-Chairman: Ms. Izumi Kobayashi, Director, Member of the Board, ANA Holdings Inc., Suntory Holdings Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Co-Chairman: Ms. Sakie Fukushima Tachibana, President, G&S Global Advisors Inc.
Co-Chairman: Ms. Tomoko Yoshino, Vice President, Japanese Trade Union Confederation
To promote the empowerment of working women by establishing a platform to promote awareness among women, to encourage executives and managers to promote women and to support a more accommodating corporate culture.
- Announcement of the result of the 7th “Questionnaire about the development of female human resources as core personnel” was made in January 2016.
- Announcement of the first “Working Women Empowerment Award” for institutions was made in February 2016.
- “Empowerment Forum” was held in February 2016.
(2) The Council for Promotion of Work-Life Balance
Chairman: Mr. Kunio Ishizuka, Chairman and Representative Director, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
Vice-Chairman: Mr. Yasunobu Aihara, President, Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers’ Unions
Vice-Chairman: Ms. Mariko Kono, President, Carian Inc.
Japan’s population is aging and decreasing while people’s work styles are diversifying. These kinds of changes require corresponding changes in the way we work and live. The Council aims to promote changes to improve the productivity of industries and companies to realize a “balanced life style.”
・Promoting of “Day of Work-Life-Balance” (November 23) and “Work-Life-Balance Week” (the week that includes the Day of Work-Life-Balance.)
・Organizing “Work-Life-Balance Award.” The 9th Award was presented in November 2016.
・Organizing “Work-Life-Balance Conference” in November 2016.
4. Human Resource Development Area Resource Development Area
(1) Forum of People and Management
If Japanese companies are to enhance their presence in the global market and sustain development, they have to further improve the quality of their management. This forum was established to achieve this objective by providing solutions to people-related issues, by discussing the strategy to improve productivity and management with a specific focus on human resources and by formulating a guideline to “develop critical human resources,” which is the backbone of the productivity movement.
In fiscal 2013, “Qualifications Wanted in Leaders” was the featured topic. The systems to develop qualifications and capabilities required in top management personnel and how to conduct a preliminary screening and final selection of the leaders were discussed and summarized.
5. Productivity Research and Analysis
Various research was conducted and the results were publicized.
International Productivity Center
Opened in 1996, the center has 22 rooms and can accommodate 240 people. The center is a facility for business-related trainings and overlooks the seaside of the Shonan area and Mount Fuji. Every year, about 30,000 people from companies and trade unions use the facility.