Since its founding in May, 1983, the International Friendship Exchange Council(FEC) has made extensive efforts to deepen interactions and mutual understanding at a private level between Japan and countries around the world, through economic, cultural, human relations and other variety of projects.

The heart to heart interactions between individuals that we aim at never declines in importance, no matter how the times change. Relations between countries, on the other hand, are influenced by the political and economic conditions of the times. For this reason, it becomes more and more important to cultivate feelings of mutual understanding and build strong relationship of trust that will not be washed away by the currents of the times.

Our abilities may be limited, but together with all of you, we would like to promote private diplomacy, progressing step by step toward international fraternity and realization of world peace.

Chairman of FEC
Chihiro Kanagawa, Ph.D.
Mar. 1950 Graduated from Tokyo University, Faculty of Law
Jun. 2011 Conferred a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo with a dissertation about management of Shintech
Professional Career
Jan. 2011 Chairman and Founder, Shintech, Inc. (continuing)
Jun. 2010 Chairman, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (continuing)
Aug. 1990 President and CEO., Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Aug. 1983 Corporate Executive Vice President, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Jan. 1979 Corporate Senior Managing Director, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Mar. 1978 President and CEO., Shintech, Inc.
Aug. 1976 Corporate Managing Director, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.,Ltd.
Jan. 1975 Corporate Director, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., and President of International Div.
Feb. 1962 Joined Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Other Career Positions
May. 2002 Executive Member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Business Federation (continuing)
Jun. 2001 Chairman of the International Friendship Exchange Council (continuing)
May. 2000 Special Adviser to the Vinyl Environmental Council of Japan (continuing)
Jan. 2000 Member of the Committee on International Affairs of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (continuing)
Jan. 1998 - May. 2000 Chairman of the Vinyl Environmental Council of Japan
Sept. 1990 Director of the Plastic Waste Management Institute (continuing)
Sept. 1990 Director of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (continuing)
Sept. 1983 Permanent Director of the Japan Soda Industry Association (continuing)
Oct. 2011 Declared Honorary Citizen of the State of Washington
Feb. 2010 Received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
Jan. 2010 Received the Grand Cross of the Order "Jose T. de Marcoleta" of the Republic of Nicaragua
Sep. 2009 Received the North Star Order of the Order of Merit in the highest degree, of Mongolia
May. 2009 Received the Stara Planina Order of the Order of Merit in the highest degree, of the Republic of Bulgaria
Jan. 2009 Received an official Commendation awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
May. 2008 Received the Order of Friendship of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Jun. 2007 Received an official Commendation awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Jul. 2005 Received the Japan Foreign Minister's Certificate of Commendation
Jul. 2003 Received the 'Outstanding Manager' Award in the 19th KKC Corporate Communication Awards given by the Keizai Koho Center, the Japanese Institute for Social and Economic Affairs
Nov. 2002 Received the 'CEO of the Year' Award given by Zaikai Co., Ltd., the publishers of Zaikai (Japanese Business World) magazine
Oct. 1997 Declared Honorary Secretary of the State of Louisiana
Oct. 1997 Declared Honorary State Representative, the State of Louisiana
Mar. 1993 Received the Mainichi Shinbun's 13th Mainichi Executive Award
Nov. 1992 Received the Japanese Government Medal with Blue Ribbon for Contribution to Japanese Industry
Feb. 1981 Declared Honorary Citizen of Texas
Feb. 1981 Declared Honorary Houstonian and Goodwill Ambassador of Houston, Texas