The Management and Policy Institute is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to the development of personnel in the Japanese public and private sector, the provision of solutions suited to changing times, and the cultivation of a new era. Founded in Kyoto in 1999, it expanded its activities to Fukuoka and Tokyo. In 2011, MPI also deployed Tohoku-based unit delivering relief operation. Under Japanese Law to Promote Specified Nonprofit Activities, it received Cabinet Office’s approval as a specified nonprofit organization in 2004. Its more than 90-person membership is comprised of young leaders in a variety of fields and industries.
We at MPI realized the lack of practical perspectives for training future policymakers, and the functional incompetence of official governments. MPI has embarked on a broad range of undertakings, while improving its policy analysis, proposing solutions, and developing personnel.
MPI’s slogan is “New Leaders, New Solutions, and New Beginning.” Our mission is develop new leaders equipped with the ability to take action, analytical skills, and conceptual power to come up with new values; to propose new solutions to innovate and improve our society; and to build a society in which equality of opportunity is guaranteed, and effort is rewarded.
Think Tank & Consulting Division
Staff members with a variety of backgrounds design solutions to problems within the public sector, using the knowledge we have gathered over the past five years. We do not pursue our own profits, but rather offer the following services with the purpose of contributing to society:
・Consulting services for central/local governments and politicians
・Forums regarding policy and business area (monthly)
To that end, we have hosted the following as major accomplishments:
1. Symposium of the candidates for the members of the House of Councilors; 350 citizens attended (July 2001)
2. Policymaking contest (co-sponsored by Kyoto City) (October 2001 and 2002)
3. Suggested a financial reform to Yokohama City, and saw the revision through to budget drafting (September 2005)
4. Evaluation of “Local Manifesto” Project (See the concept)
Media & Communications Division
Via the web magazine and other publications, MPI introduces movements that would bring new values to society, and also broadly share MPI’s awareness of issues, and transmit solutions we have drafted. Our aims are:
・To interview the leaders who are embarking on new pursuits, such as young Diet (Japanese parliament) members and presidents of venture firms
・To suggest the solutions that MPI has designed for policy-related problems, including national security policy, educational policies, and countermeasures against the falling birthrate
To those ends, we supervised the Japanese translation of “Smart Things to Know about Strategy,” authored by Mr. Richard Koch, who is renowned for “The 80/20 Principle” (December 2005).
Human Resources Solutions Division
MPI fosters personnel to take a leading role in the next generation. It develops and puts into practice enriched training programs for improving both skills and the will with the following directives:
・To train members of MPI
・To produce and develop new policymakers
In pursuit of those goals, we have carried out leadership training program with about 30 participants (biannually since 2002)
Additionally, since summer of 2008, MPI has launched a study group named “Global Kiai Juku (Global leaders program),” to train future leaders with global perspectives. MPI has hosted discussion sessions with guest speakers from the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo.
Relief Operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake
In response to Tsunami and Nuke disaster attacking Tohoku last March, MPI immediately deployed Tohoku-based unit delivering relief operation including volunteer tutoring which was featured by NHK evening news programme broadcasted nationwide.
Report on our tutoring activities is available here.
Organizations and members
MPI has its headquarters in Tokyo, and three branches (Kyoto, Fukuoka and Tohoku)
Members of MPI come from public sector, private sector, and academic sector.