Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The business of Abe

The Shukan Asahi on December 29, 2017 tallied the number of times business leaders dined or played golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2017 based on the Prime Minister’s daily schedules carried by Asahi Shimbun. This does not count formal appointments or where a meeting was not reported. It also does not count people like Nippon Foundation head Yohei Sasakawa, who is a favorite of the PM.

Name and job title
No. of Times
Soichiro Masuoka, Tekko Building senior managing director
Tsuneo Watanabe, Yomiuri Shimbun Group chief editor
Fujio Mitarai, Keidanren honorary chairman, Canon Inc. chairman
Yoshiyuki Kasai, Central Japan Railway Company honorary chairman
Hironobu Abe, Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging Corp. president (Abe’s elder brother)
Sadayuki Sakakibara, Keidanren chairman, Toray Industries, Inc. adviser
Takashi Imai, Keidanren honorary chairman, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. honorary chairman
Teruto Akiyama, Nikkei Visual Images, Inc. president
Akio Mimura, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. honorary chairman
Shigetaka Komori, Fujifilm Holdings Corp. chairman
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Keizai Doyukai chairman
Koichi Shibuya, Rickie Business Solution president
Isao Matsuzaki, Morinaga Shoji, Co. Ltd. president
Tomosaburo Mogi, Kikkoman Corp. honorary chairman; Nobuyuki Nakahara, former BOJ Policy Board member; Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor president; Hironori Aoki, AOKI Holdings chairman; Kenji Ikemori, Fancl Corp. chairman; Hiromichi Toba, Doutor Coffee honorary chairman; Hisashi Hieda, (then) Fuji TV chairman; Akio Nitori, NITORI Holdings chairman; Masami Yabumoto, Kinshukai Group CEO; Yoshio Okubo, Nippon TV president; Kenzo Tsujimoto, CAPCOM chairman; Hiroshi Hayakawa, TV Asahi chairman; Hiroya Kawasaki, Kobe Steel chairman and president; Hiroaki Nakanishi, Hitachi Ltd. chairman; Masayoshi Matsumoto, Kansai Economic Federation chairman; Takeshi Niinami, Suntory Holdings president, and others
*As of Dec. 15.

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