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Former Chairmen of the Japan Retailers Association Organization

(Titles while acting as chairman)

  • 1st: Shigeo Nagano (May 1978 - May '84)
    (President of the Japan and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
  • 2nd: Noboru Goto (May 1985 - May '87)
    (President of the Japan and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce and Industry / President of Tokyu Corporation)
  • 3rd: Akira Ichihara (May 1987 - May '95)
    (Chairman of the Japan Department Stores Association / Chairman of Mitsukoshi Ltd.)
  • 4th: Takuya Okada (May 1995 - May '00)
    (Vice President of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Chairman of Jusco Co.)
  • 5th: Kazumasa Koshiba (May 2000 - May '04)
    (Chairman of the Japan Department Stores Association / President of Isetan Co.)
  • 6th: Taneo Nakamura (May 2004 - May '11)
    (Chairman of the Japan Department Stores Association / President of Mitsukoshi Ltd.)
  • 7th: Kiyoshi Hijikata (May 2011 - May 2015)
    (Advisor of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Senior Adviser of Circle K Sunkus Co.,Ltd)
  • 8th: Nobutsugu Shimizu (May 2015 - present)
    (Chairman of the Japan Chain Stores Association / Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Life Corporation)

Directors

As of May 26, 2015

Chairman

Nobutsugu Shimizu Chairman of the Japan Chain Stores Association
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Life Corporation

Vice Chairmen

Yukio Kawano Chairman of the Japan Supermarket Association
Atsushi Sakurada Chairman of the Japan Foodservice Association
Shunichi Samura Chairman of the Japan Department Stores Association
Toshifumi Suzuki Chairman & CEO of Seven & i Holdings Co.,Ltd.
Satoshi Seino Chairman of the Japan Council of Shopping Centers
Kichitaro Takano Chairman of the Japan Specialty Store Association
Shinzo Maeda Senior Advisor of Shiseido Company, Limited
Tokutaro Masui Vice Chairman of the New Supermarket Association of Japan
Tetsuo Ymaguchi Chairman of the Federation of Specialty Store Association in Japan
Yoshimasa Yamamoto Chairman of the Japan Franchise Association

Auditors

Toshikatsu Kasahara Chairman of Yurigaoka Sangyo
Kanbei Kokubu Chairman, President & Representative Director of Kokubu Co.,Ltd.
Makoto Hosoda President of Eitaro Sohonpo Co.,Ltd.

Executive director

Yoshihiro Okabe Japan Retailers Association

Activities of committees and study groups

The JRA is engaged in activities through 6 committees and 3 study groups.
The Consumer Committee studies consumer trends and compiles reports on topics such as management strategies for retail industries focusing on the long term.The Ethics & Education Committee studies business continuity plans (BCPs), CSR and other elements of corporate ethics required of retailers and prepares reports.
In addition, the JRA also prepares recommendations and requests related to distribution and the retail industry on improvements for the taxation, employment and distribution system to the government and administrative bodies and sees that they are reflected in policies concerning distribution and retailing.

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