Franz Waldenberger, member of the steering committee, is Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo. He is on leave from Munich University where he holds the professorship for Japanese Economy at the Munich School of Management and the Japan Center. His research focuses on the Japanese Economy, Corporate Governance and International Management. He has published numerous articles and books on the Japanese economy. He is editor-in-chief of Contemporary Japan and member of the editorial boards of other Japan and Asia related social science and economics Journals. He was visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University, Osaka City University, Tsukuba University, the University of Tokyo and Shimomura Fellow at the Research Institute of Capital Formation of the Development Bank of Japan. He is member of the German Japan Forum and member of the board of the Japanese German Business Association (DJW).