The September meeting of GLOCOM’s Quarterly Seminar Series (Kenkyu Kyoryoku Iinkai) was held at Ginko Kyokai in Tokyo on September 18(Th), 10:00-noon, where the topic “Competition among Mega-regions: Global Strategy and Government-Business-Academia Cooperation for Survival and Prosperity” was taken up by two specialists in this field, Mr. Masahiko Hosokawa (Professor, Chukyo University) and Ms. Shigemi Fukuta (Japan Representative, Hong Kong Trade Development Council) .
First, Prof. Hosokawa pointed out that regions should be looked at from global, not national, perspectives, and from wider economic and management, not narrow administrative, viewpoints. Then he focused on Shuto-ken (Tokyo), Greater Nagoya, Keihansin (Osaka-Kobe) and Northern Kyushu (Fukuoka) as "mega-regions," which should be in severe compeition with various regions in East Asia. To survive and prosper in this global competition, it is important to have various organizations and individuals in government, business and academic sectors in the region interacting with each other face-to-face, and also to attract good and creative human resources from outside of the region, not just within the nation, but rather from other countries, following the examples of Singapore and China's coastal regions.
Next, Ms. Furuta, representing Hong Kong as a winner of competition among mega-regions, explained how China has been developing economically and socially based on bottom-up regional developments, where Hong Kong has been playing an important role in China's economic growth in recent years. One of reasons why Hong Kong is now ranked number 1 in the world in terms of international competitiveness is its attractiveness for human, monetary and other resources, and Japan can learn from Hong Kong and China in this respect, according to Ms. Furuta.
After the presentations, Mr. Kamimura, moderator, led the Q&A session, where much of the discussion centered on the importance of human resources for nations and regions to be competitive and innovative. In this regard, the two speakers are spending much time training and educationing young people in Japan for the future.
In conclusion, IUJ President Yotario Kobayashi expressed his gratitude to the speakers for their stimulating presentations and discussions, and hoped that IUJ and GLOCOM could contribute more to the education, training and supply of good human and other resources in the future.
小林国際大学理事長のコメント：Comments by IUJ President Kobayashi