Many members who played an important role in establishing the Japan branch are academic staff of Professor Toshihiko Ishihara’s laboratory in Kwansei Gakuin University. They are university professors, lecturers, Japanese qualified accountants (JICPA) and PhD graduates.
In 2014, CIPFA Japan set up Local Government Auditing and Accounting Technician (LGAAT) as local category of membership, regarded as at the same level as CIPFA Affiliate members, which has been very popular. There are more than 500 LGAAT members in Japan, including 54 CPFA members, 45 local council members, six elected governors and mayors, 278 local government officers, 13 university professors, 76 qualified accountants of JICPA, 20 licensed tax accountants, and others.
Members are spread all over Japan, from Hokkaido (the northernmost county) to Okinawa (southernmost county). Okinawa is a tropical island where CIPFA Japan hosts study and continued professional development (CPD) sessions as well as social activities.
CIPFA Japan holds an annual conference every year in September at Kwansei Gakuin University. It also issues a textbook and a journal each year, as well as a monthly newsletter. CIPFA Japan organises regular CPD meetings in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya and other centres about ten times a year.
CIPFA Japan has continued to build the reputation and relevance of CIPFA and has recommended some very senior politicians to be made Honorary Members of CIPFA, including Mr Shigeru Ishiba, MP (a potential candidate to be the Japanese prime minister) and Mr Tatsuya Ito, MP (the former state secretary of financial services agency of the Japanese Government).
More information about CIPFA in Japan can be found on their website.
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