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Successive Chairman / Chairman of Operating Committee

Chairman

1994 – Nov. 2007 Tadahiro SEKIMOTO(Chairman of NEC)
1992 – 1993 Seiya MATSUMOTO
(President of Pioneer, President of The Japan-Belgium Society)

Chairman of Operating Committee

*This system has started since 1995.

Year European Capital of Culture Name
2017
(25th)
Aarhus, Denmark
Pafos, Cyprus
Nobuyuki KOGA
(Chairman of Nomura Holdings, Inc.)
2016
(24th)
Wroclaw, Poland
San Sebastian, Spain
Takeshi UCHIYAMADA
(Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation)
2015
(23rd)
Plzen, Czech Republic
Mons, Belgium
Hideaki OMIYA
(Chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)
2014
(22nd)
Riga, Latvia
Umeå, Sweden
Masayuki OKU
(Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, INC.)
2013
(21st)
Košice, Slovakia
Marseille-Provence, France
Yorihiko KOJIMA
(Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation)
2012
(20th)
Guimarães, Portugal
Slovenia, Maribor
Takashi KAWAMURA
(Chairman of Hitachi)
2011
(19th)
Turku, Finland
Tallinn, Estonia
Sadayuki SAKAKIBARA
(Chairman of Toray Industries)
2010
(18th)
Pecs, Hungary
Istanbul, Turkey
Hiromichi IWASA
(President of Mitsui Fudosan)
2009
(17th)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Linz, Austria
Kazuo TSUKUDA
(Chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)
2008
(16th)
Liverpool, U.K.
Stavanger, Norway
Yoji OHASHI
(Chairman of All Nippon Airways)
2007
(15th)
Sibiu, Romania
Luxembourg
Fumiaki WATARI
(Chairman of Nippon Oil)
2006
(14th)
Patras, Greece Takao KUSAKARI
(Chairman of NYK Line)
2005
(13th)
Cork, Ireland Kunio TAKEDA
(Chairman of Takeda Pharmaceutical)
2004
(12th)
Lille, France
Genova, Italy
Fujio CHO
(President of Toyota Motor)
2003
(11th)
Graz, Austria Masatoshi KISHIMOTO
(Chairman of Olympus)
2002
(10th)
Brugge, Belgium
Salamance, Spain
Kaneo ITO
(President of Pioneer)
2001
(9th)
Porto, Portugal
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yuzaburo MOGI
(President of Kikkoman)
2000
(8th)
Avignon, France
Brussels, Belgium
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Yoshiharu FUKUHARA
(Chairman of Shiseido)
1999
(7th)
Weimar, Germany Tadahiro SEKIMOTO
(Adviser of NEC)
1998
(6th)
Stockholm, Sweden Yotaro KOBAYASHI
(Chairman of Fuji Xerox)
1997
(5th)
Thessaloniki, Greece Yoshitoki CHINO
(Honorary Chairman of Daiwa Securities)
1996
(4th)
Copenhagen, Denmark Eiji TOYODA
(Honorary Chairman of Toyota Motor)
1995
(3th)
Luxembourg Yoh KUROSAWA
(President of the Industrial Bank of Japan)
(Post at time of assumption)

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