Past Chairmen of the Japan Retailers Association Organization

(Titles while acting as chairman)


As of May 29, 2019


Hirofumi Nomoto Chairman of the Board and Representative Director, Tokyu Corporation

Honorary Chairman

Nobutsugu Shimizu Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Life Corporation

Vice Chairmen

Yoshio Murata Chairman, the Japan Department Stores Association
Mitsuki Awano Chairman, Japan Direct Marketing Association
Ryuichi Isaka Chairman & CEO, Seven & i Holdings Co.,Ltd.
Yukio Izumida Chairman, Japan Voluntary Chain Association
Yukio Kawano Chairman, the Japan Supermarket Association
Nobuyuki Ogawa Chairman, Japan Chain Stores Association
Satoshi Seino Chairman, the Japan Council of Shopping Centers
Yasumasa Akatsuka Chairman, the Japan Foodservice Association
Kichitaro Takano Chairman, the Japan Specialty Store Association
Tokutaro Masui Vice Chairman, the National Supermarket Association of Japan
Tetsuo Yamaguchi Chairman, the Federation of Specialty Store Association in Japan
Hiroaki Watanabe Chairman, the Japan Franchise Association


Hiroshi Oshima President, Sembikiya Fruit Co.,Ltd.
Kanbei Kokubu Chairman, President & Representative Director, Kokubu Co.,Ltd.
Makoto Hosoda President, Eitaro Sohonpo Co.,Ltd.

Executive director

Takeshi Akagi Japan Retailers Association

Activities of committees and study group

The JRA is engaged in activities through 6 committees and 1 study group.
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.