cipfa japan signing ceremony held in london


The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) held a signing ceremony in London today to authorise the Constitution of its new CIPFA Japan branch.

The new CIPFA Japan branch is expected to commence business on 1 January 2014.

The signing was attended by Professor Toshihiko Ishihara of the Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University. He will take on the role of President of the new CIPFA Japan branch.

The establishment of CIPFA Japan will further the development and promotion of principles of good public financial management in Japan and will support public sector organisations in the country as they strive to implement good public financial management practices.

Speaking at the launch Rob Whiteman incoming CEO of CIPFA said:

 “The formation of the CIPFA Japan branch is a very exciting development and we are particularly grateful for the leadership and support of Professor Ishihara and for the remarkable enthusiasm and commitment of his team.

 “Japan is a critically important economy and its Government and public services face significant challenges. CIPFA relishes the opportunity to work with them to bring to bear the benefits of stronger public financial management.”


Editors notes:

Honoured guests attending the signing ceremony where:

CIPFA Japan branch:

Professor Toshihiko Ishihara, Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University

Mr Yuichiro Hanyu , Director of Japan Local Government Centre

Mr Toru Sera, Partner of Deloitte & Tohmatsu

Mr Yasushi Maruyama Ph.D, Gifu County Council

Mr Naoki Inoue, Ph.D candidate, Nara City Council


Rob Whiteman, incoming CEO

Steve Freer, outgoing CEO

Adrian Pullen, Director, Education & Training

Ian Carruthers, Director, Policy and Technical

Drew Cullen, Director, Communications and Marketing

About Kwansei Gakuin University Institute of Business and Accounting

Kwansei Gakuin Institute of Business and Accounting (KGIBA) is one of the professional schools of Kwansei Gakuin University, and one of the Japan's leading management schools. The Institute was founded in 2005 and is located in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo and Umeda district, Osaka City.

Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is an independent institution for higher education, offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in over 35 different disciplines to a student body of about 20,000, including approximately 400 foreign students. 

Kwansei Gakuin is one of the most prestigious private schools in Japan which dates back to in 1889, when it was founded by the American missionary Reverend Walter Russell Lambuth, M.D. in Kobe. The University maintains academic standards that rank among some of the highest among Japanese universities