International Cooperation Division, Policy Research Institute (PRI), held its “Seminar on Economic Policies 2017” from May 15 to June 9, 2017, in Tokyo. This annual seminar is aimed at helping participating countries to develop their human resources, through the dissemination of knowledge regarding the Japanese fiscal and economic system to young executive candidates from Finance Ministries of developing countries, especially those in Asia, with which Japan has close social and economic relations. This year, 20 officials from 15 countries from Asia and 1 official from Japanese Finance Ministries participated in the seminar.
The Policy Lectures are intended to deepen the participants’ understanding on Japan’s policies and experience of economic activities across a wide range of fields, such as public finance, tax system and international economy. The lectures were conducted by officials from the Ministry of Finance and relevant bodies, as well as scholars and experts in economy and finance, etc.
The General Lectures are intended to deepen the participants’ understanding of Japanese culture, history, and society. The lectures were conducted by scholars and experts in these categories.
In order to consider problems in their countries, each participant selected a theme by him/herself from the field of public finance, fiscal policy and public funding, and held discussions under the guidance of a scholar in each field as group work. At the end of the seminar, all the participants summed up their findings in group policy papers and gave presentations.
The participants visited Bank of Japan, the National Diet, Yokohama Customs, Tokyo Ueno Tax Office, Tokyo Office of Kanto Local Finance Bureau, Accounting Center, Japan Mint etc. to understand Japan’s economic and social circumstances.