Do you suffer from a really bad heart, cancer, or need dialysis, and still want to buy health insurance?
If you can find a company in the U.S.A. that will cover you, the price will be many thousands of dollars a month with a cap on total payments, plus co-pays through the roof. If you don’t die rather quickly, our health system will devour your savings, house, car and force close relatives into poverty.
One alternative is to move to Japan, stay with a visa good for more than three months, and you will become part of their health system, which means: Continue reading →
Rich or poor, religious or not, every leader of every Southern state in 1860 opposed tariffs and embraced slavery. In the North, where there was no slavery, everyone favored tariffs to protect both American industry and wage earners from unfair foreign competition.
Today, Paul Ryan, Cato Institute or Heritage Foundation invariably promote cutting Social Security, Medicare, Minimum Wage, in fact they despise anything that helps the middle class. On the other side, CNN, Paul Krugman, WAPO and the New York Times say they oppose cuts to these necessary programs.
So, what’s happening here. Why are the leaders of the far left and far right joined together to fight against America seeking fair trade through fair tariffs? Continue reading →
This is the most current (August 2009) list of members of the Pacific Asian Trilateral Commission (TC) and their titles. The “trilateral” (North America, Europe and Asia) group is the source of most Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) philosophical stands on globalization. TC describes its group membership:
“The Japanese Group of 85 members expanded in 2000 to become the Pacific Asian Group and now includes over 100 members from Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the original five ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand). Triennium Participants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have also participated. The Commission recently began admitting members from China and India.”
This blog previously posted the list of North American members: http://www.fwdpost.com/2009/08/trilateral-commission-membership-north.html and European members: http://www.fwdpost.com/2009/08/trilateral-commission-membership-list.html . Following is the official Pacific Asian roster from the Trilateral Commission:
PACIFIC ASIAN GROUP
Note: Those without city names are Japanese Members.
Korean names are shown with surname first.
Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, Bangkok; former Minister of Commerce of Thailand
Philip Burdon, Chairman, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Wellington; former Chairman, Asia 2000 Foundation; New Zealand Chairman, APEC; former New Zealand Minister of Trade Negotiations
Fujio Cho, Chairman of the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation
Cho Suck-Rai, Chairman, Hyosung Corporation, Seoul
Chung Mong-Joon, Member, Korean National Assembly, Seoul; Vice President, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Tarun Das, Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Delhi
Barry Desker, Dean, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore; Vice Chairman, Singapore Business Federation
Takashi Ejiri, Attorney at Law, Nishimura & Asahi
Jesus P. Estanislao, Chairman, Institute for Solidarity in Asia; Chairman, Institute of Corporate Directors, Manila; former Philippine Secretary of Finance
Hugh Fletcher, Chancellor, The University of Auckland; former Chief Executive Officer, Fletcher Challenge
Hiroaki Fujii, Chairman, Mori Arts Center; Advisor, The Japan Foundation; former Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Shinji Fukukawa, Chairman, TEPIA, The Machine Industry Memorial Foundation
Yoichi Funabashi, Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun
Victor K. Fung, Chairman, Li & Fung, Hong Kong
Carrillo Gantner, President, The Myer Foundation; Melbourne
Ross Garnaut, Professor of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra
Toyoo Gyohten, President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs; Senior Advisor, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Han Sung-Joo, Chairman, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Seoul; former President, Korea University; former Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Korean Ambassador to the United States; Pacific Asian Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Stuart Harris, Professor of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra; former Australian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Hashim, Chairman, AmBank Group, Kuala Lumpur
John R. Hewson, Chairman, GlobalDC; former Leader of the Federal Opposition, Australia; Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of UNESCAP
Ernest M. Higa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Higa Industries
Hong Seok Hyun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Joong Ang Ilbo, Seoul; former Korean Ambassador to the United States
Shintaro Hori, Chairman, Bain Capital Japan, Inc.
Murray Horn, Managing Director, Institutional Banking, ANZ (NZ) Ltd., Sydney; Chairman, ANZ Investment Bank; former Parliament Secretary, New Zealand Treasury
Hyun Hong-Choo, Senior Partner, Kim & Chang, Seoul; former Korean Ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States, Seoul
Hyun Jae-Hyun, Chairman, Tong Yang Group, Seoul
Shin’ichi Ichimura, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University; former Director, International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development, Kitakyushu
Nobuyuki Idei, former Chairman, Sony Corporation; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Leaps Corporation
Noriyuki Inoue, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Jawhar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Strategic International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia
Motoo Kaji, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Kasem Kasemsri, Honorary Chairman, Thailand-U.S. Business Council, Bangkok; Chairman, Advisory Board, Chart Thai Party; Chairman, Thai-Malaysian Association; former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
Koichi Kato, Member, Japanese House of Representatives; former Secretary-General, Liberal Democratic Party
Kim Kihwan, International Advisor, Goldman Sachs, Asia, Seoul; Chair, Seoul Financial Forum; former Korean Ambassador-at-Large for Economic Affairs
Kim Kyung-Won, President Emeritus, Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Seoul; former Korean Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations; Senior Advisor, Kim & Chang Law Office
Shoichiro Kobayashi, Advisor, Kansai Electric Power Company, Ltd.
Yotaro Kobayashi, former Chairman of the Board, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.; Pacific Asian Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Akira Kojima, Trustee and Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)
Koo John, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LS Corporation, Seoul
Kenji Kosaka, Member, Japanese House of Representatives; former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology
Lee Hong-Koo, Chairman, Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Seoul; former Korean Prime Minister; former Korean Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States
Lee Jay Y., Vice President, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Seoul
Lee Kyungsook Choi, Vice Chairperson, Korean National Committee for UNESCO, Seoul; former Chairperson, Korean Presidential Transition Committee; former President, Sookmyung Women’s University
Lee Shin-wha, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University, Seoul
Richard Li, Chairman, Pacific Century Group Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong
Adrianto Machribie, Chairman, PT Freeport Indonesia, Jakarta
Minoru Makihara, Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rakuten, Inc.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Managing Director, Bharti Group, Bharti Enterprises Ltd.,
Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Corporation
Isamu Miyazaki, Honorary Advisor, Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd.; former Director-General of the Japanese Economic Planning Agency
Yuzaburo Mogi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kikkoman Corporation
Mike Moore, former Director-General, World Trade Organization, Geneva; former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Hugh Morgan, Principal, First Charnock, Melbourne
Moriyuki Motono, former Japanese Ambassador to France
Satoru Murase, Partner, Bingham McCutchen Murase, New York
Narayana Murthy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore
Osamu Nagayama, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Philip Ng, Chief Executive Officer, Far East Organization
Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security
Roberto F. de Ocampo, Chairman, Board of Advisors, RFO Center for Public Finance and Regional Economic Cooperation, Manila; former Philippine Secretary of Finance
Sadako Ogata, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Shijuro Ogata, former Deputy Governor, Japan Development Bank; former Deputy Governor for International Relations, Bank of Japan; Pacific Asian Deputy Chairman, Trilateral Commission
Sozaburo Okamatsu, President, Industrial Property Cooperation Center; former Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
Yoshio Okawara, President, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS); former Japanese Ambassador to the United States
Yoichi Okita, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Ariyoshi Okumura, Chairman, Lotus Corporate Advisory, Inc.
Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; former ASEAN Secretary General
Takuma Otoshi, Chairman, IBM Japan, Ltd.
Anand Panyarachun, Chairman, Thai Industrial Federation, Bangkok; Chairman, Saha-Union Public Company, Ltd.; former Prime Minister of Thailand
Qin Yaqing, Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing; Vice President, China National Association for International Studies
Ryu Jin Roy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Poongsan Corp., Seoul
Eisuke Sakakibara, Professor, Waseda University; former Japanese Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs
SaKong Il, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Global Economics, Seoul; former Korean Minister of Finance
Yoshiyasu Sato, Advisor, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Ltd.; former Japanese Ambassador to China
Yukio Satoh, Member of Japan’s National Commission on Public Safety; Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Japan Institute of International Affairs; former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations
Sachio Semmoto, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EMOBILE, Ltd.
Masahide Shibusawa, President, Shibusawa Ei’ichi Memorial Foundation
Shin Dong-Bin, Vice-President, Lotte Group, Seoul
Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Member, Japanese House of Representatives; former Chief Cabinet Secretary
Arifin Siregar, Chairman of the Governing Board, Indonesian Council on World Affairs (ICWA), Jakarta; former International Advisor, Goldman Sachs (Pacific Asia) LLC; former Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States
Jacob Soetoyo, Executive Director, The Gesit Companies, Jakarta
Shigemitsu Sugisaki, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.; former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Tsuyoshi Takagi, President, JTUC-Rengo (Japanese Trade Union Confederation)
Keizo Takemi, former Member, Japanese House of Councillors; former Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare
Akihiko Tanaka, Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, University of Tokyo
Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Naoki Tanaka, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies
Teh Kok Peng, President, GIC Special Investments Private Ltd., Singapore
Kiyoshi Tsugawa, Director, Aozora Bank, Ltd.
Junichi Ujiie, Chairman, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Sarasin Viraphol, Executive Vice President, Charoen Pokphand Co., Ltd., Bangkok; former Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Cesar E. A. Virata, Director and Corporate Vice Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Manila; former Prime Minister of Philippines
Jusuf Wanandi, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, CSIS Foundation, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta
Wang Jisi, Dean, School of International Relations, Peking University, Beijing
Etsuya Washio, President, The Foundation for Workers Welfare and Cooperative Insurance; former President, Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO)
Koji Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; former Japanese Ambassador to Russia
Osamu Watanabe, President, Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd.
Gordon Wu, Chairman and Managing Director, Hopewell Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong
Wu Jianmin, Professor, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing; Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, Chinese Foreign Ministry
Taizo Yakushiji, Vice President and Executive Research Director, Institute for International Policy Studies
Ryuji Yamada, President and Chief Executive Officer, NTT Docomo, Inc.
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange; Pacific Asian Director, Trilateral Commission
Yang Jiemian, President, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Shanghai
Noriyuki Yonemura, Secretary General, Intellectual Collaboration Group to Promote Market-Oriented Economies
Yuan Ming, Vice Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University, Beijing (invited)
Zhang Yunling, Professor and Director, Academic Division of International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing
Former Members in Public Service
Hisashi Owada, President, International Court of Justice
PARTICIPANTS FROM OTHER AREAS
André Azoulay, Adviser to H.M. King Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco
Morris Chang, Chairman, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan
Omar Davies, Member of the Jamaican Parliament and former Minister of Finance and Planning, Kingston, Jamaica; former Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica
Hüsnü Dogan, General Coordinator, Nurol Holding; former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Development Foundation of Turkey; former Minister of Defence, Ankara, Turkey
Alejandro Foxley, Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Valparaiso, Chile
Jacob A. Frenkel, Vice Chairman, American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and Chairman, AIG’s Global Economic Strategies Group, New York, NY; Chairman, and CEO, Group of Thirty (G30); former Chairman, Merrill Lynch International London; former Governor, Bank of Israel; former Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Frene Ginwala, former Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President, The Club of Rome; Moderator of the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Chairman, Arab Thought Forum, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Center for International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; former Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank; former Venezuelan Minister of Planning and Member of the Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela
Sergei Karaganov, Dean, School of World Economics and International Affairs, State University–Higher School of Economics; Chairman, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Chairman, Editorial Board, “Russia in Global Affairs,” Moscow
Jeffrey L.S. Koo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chinatrust Investment, Bank, Taipei, Taiwan
Ricardo Lopez Murphy, Visiting Research Fellow, Latin American Economic Research Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina; former Argentinian Finance Minister and Defence Minister
Andrónico Luksic Craig, Vice Chairman, Banco de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Itamar Rabinovich, Ettinger Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; Charles and Andrea Bronfman Distinguished Fellow at the Saban Center, The Brookings Institution; Distinguished Global Professor at New York University; Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; former Ambassador to the United States
Rüsdü Saracoglu, President of the Finance Group, Koç Holding; Chairman, Makro Consulting, Istanbul, Turkey; former State Minister and Member of the Turkish Parliament; former Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
Roberto Egydio Setubal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Banco Itaú S.A. and Banco Itaú Holding Financeira S.A., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Stan Shih, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Acer Group, Taipei, Taiwan
Grigory A. Yavlinsky, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Russian Democratic Party “Yabloko” and former Member of the State Duma; Chairman of the Center for Economic and Political Research, Moscow, Russian Federation