Japan Department Store Association Overview

Main Overview

Established March 16, 1948
Objective To aim to devise a plan for the development of the soundness of the department store industry whilst improving the lives of the people of Japan and improving the nation’s economy.
No. of Members ※Please see list (regarding association and collaboration members)
Chairman
  • Ken Akamatsu (Chairman of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.)
Vice Chairman
  • Ryoichi Yamamoto (President of J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd.)
  • Takuji Hayashi(President of Sogo & Seibu Co.,Ltd.)
  • Tatsuya Yoshimoto(President of Daimaru Matsuzakaya DepartmentStores Co., Ltd.)
  • Shigeru Kimoto (President of Takashimaya Co., Ltd.)
  • Naoya Araki(President of Hankyu Hanshin Department Stores, Inc.)
  • Saburosuke Fujisaki (President of Fujisaki Department Store)
  • Masaki Akita(President of Matsuya Co., Ltd.)
  • Toshihiko Sugie(President of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.)
Managing Director
  • Shigeki Yamazaki
  • ※21/06/2017 (current)

Organization Overview【Business Plan】

Structure of Organization

Japan Department Stores Association  Organizational Outline

2017 fiscal year Japan Department Stores Association – Outline of Business Plan
<<Slogan: "Turning a department store into the best business possible">>
~ Driving the promotion of absolute value and fresh creation value ~

(Sales Activities / Structure Renewal Support - regional)

Ⅰ.Customer-focused Division(6 classifications 12 tasks)
1. Marketing/Customer Strategies : (1) Responding to changes to market area and customer base
(2) Application of customer assets,
(3) Application of big data
2. Business Model : (4) Revival of clothing competitiveness amongst department stores
(5) Advancement of accuracy regarding business and clientele
3. Inbound : (6) Cultivation of fresh customer base
4. Regional Promotion : (7) Revitalization of regional stores,
(8) Region and location revitalization
5. Structure Renewal / Manufacturing advancement : (9) Profit structure renewal strategies /
Manufacturing development strategies
(10) Information security infrastructure maintenance,
(11) New payment method infrastructure maintenance
6. Basic System Maintenance : (12) Vital promotion strategies for basic structure
Ⅱ.Employee-focused Division(2classifications - 2 topics)
1. Personnel Training / Ability Development : (13) Advancement of employee quality
2. Renovation of working methods : (14) Advancement of labor productivity
Ⅲ.Client-focused Division(2 classifications - 2 topics)
1. Labor Environment/Employment : (15) Dealing with severity of insufficient workforce
2. Customer Appeal Promotion : (16) Creation of new movements
Ⅳ.Society-focused Division(4 classifications - 4 topics)
1. Ethical : (17) Promotion of a long-lasting stable society
2. Universal : (18) Promotion of barrier-free enterprises
3. Charity : (19) Support for restoration of disaster-hit areas
4. Abenomics : (20) Raising the level of private consumerism

(Policy Proposals and Regulations / Merit of Improving Business Conditions / Executive Office Planning - Regional)

Ⅴ.Policy proposals(2 Classifications - 3 topics)
1. Issues regarding tax : (1) 2018 tax amendment,
(2) Mid-term tax amendment / Notification review, etc.
2. Issues regarding business accounting : (3) Criterion of awareness for increasing earnings
Ⅵ.Danger management / Compliance Division(7 Classifications - 15 topics)
1. Issues regarding fair business : (4) Amendment to Competition Law,
(5) Thorough compliance with fair business rules
(6) Thorough compliance with Misleading Representations Law.
2. Food safety and representation issues : (7) Implementation of requirement to display product information for processed foods、
(8) Food presentation suitability,
(9) Food safety guarantee
3. Societal action in food product field : (10) Promotion of the merit of using domestic agriculture and fishery products
4. Security of information : (11) Amendment to Installment Sales Act
5. Protection of personal information : (12) Amendment to Protection of Personal Information Act
6. Relaxation of regulations (application of the law) : (13) Effectiveness and smoothness of activities relating to the Friends Group.
7. Disaster prevention / Risk management : (14) Creation of stores which offer peace of mind and safety
(15) Swiftness of restarting business operations following a disaster
Ⅶ.Vision for Business Environment / Advertisement Survey / International Field(4 classifications - 4 topics)
1. Promotion of the merits of good business conditions : (16) Measures for mass media
2. 70 year anniversary of business establishment : (17) Continuation of store business conditions
3. Association activity PR : (18) Internal PR
4. International exchange : (19) Circulation of globalization
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