CIRIEC-Japan, the National Section of CIRIEC International
CIRIEC-Japan was established in 1985 by our first president, the late Hisao ONOE, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University and the second president, the late Shunzo NITTA, Professor of Toyo University. The president of CIRIEC-Japan was succeeded by Masu UEKUSA, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, Eiji SHIOMI, Professor Emeritus of Chuo University and Kenichi NAKAGAMI, Professor Emeritus of Ritsumeikan University. The current president is Munenori NOMURA, Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University. The office of CIRIEC-Japan had been located in Toyo University in Tokyo until 2015, and moved to Nagoya Gakuin University in Aichi in 2016.
We have inherited the spirit of inauguration, which can be seen in our website as follows. CIRIEC-Japan is aiming to be the place for exchange of opinion and research among the researchers and practitioners who are interested in public, social and cooperative issues in the market economy. One of the consequences we expect is to enhance the level of activity in public and common services that has not yet succeeded to respond the request from the people in Japan.
According to the CIRIEC International statute, CIRIEC-Japan is an independent academic association within the network of CIRIEC International. Since its establishment, CIRIEC-Japan has developed its academic activities and expanded its international networks by frequently attending the activities of CIRIEC International. International membership fees are paid from the part of the domestic budget of CIRIEC-Japan. This system is very unique among the Japanese academic societies, but it provides well designed and efficiently organized international network of research and information.
Headquarter of CIRIEC International is located in Liège, Belgium and its national sections are located mainly in Europe, and CIRIEC extends to all parts of the world: Argentina (1966), Canada (1967), Japan (1985), Turkey (1999), Venezuela (1999) and Brazil (2002). CIRIEC holds a biennial congress to discuss problems and prospects on public utilities, cooperative and social economies. In addition, we also organize scientific councils on the subjects of public economy and social economy.
CIRIEC-Japan, as one of the national section of CIRIEC International holds an Annual Research Conference and Spring Meeting, and publishes an academic journal every year. It also organizes study groups for the public, social and cooperative economy.