27 January 2010 16:03 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Sumitomo Chemical chairman Hiromasa Yonekura has been appointed the head of Japan’s biggest business lobbying group, Nippon Keidanren, effective from May, according to media reports on Wednesday.
Yonekura will take over as chairman of the business federation from Canon’s Fujio Mitarai, the federation said in a statement.
Nippon Keidanren represents 1,295 companies, 129 industry associations and 47 regional economic organisations, according to its website.
The lobby has been seen to have lost influence following the election last September of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s Democratic Party of Japan government, which defeated the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party.
A chemical industry veteran, Yonekura is well known internationally and will receive the 14th annual Petrochemical Heritage Award on 28 March 2010, prior to the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) 2010 International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in ?xml:namespace>
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