Hiroaki Nakanishi, Ex-Keidanren Chairman, Dies at 75

Society Economy

Tokyo, July 1 (Jiji Press)--Hiroaki Nakanishi, former chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, and former chairman of Hitachi Ltd. <6501>, died of lymphoma at a Tokyo hospital on Sunday, the Japanese company said Thursday. He was 75.

He resigned as head of the largest Japanese business lobby on June 1 to concentrate on treatment for his illness after a possible relapse of his lymphoma was found in April.

Nakanishi, a native of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, was appointed as the 14th Keidanren chairman in May 2018.

In May 2019, he was hospitalized for lymphoma. After returning to duty in September that year, he was hospitalized again in July 2020. Before stepping down, Nakanishi performed his duties online.

During his tenure, Nakanishi tackled issues including reforming rules on corporate hiring of new graduates. He declared that Keidanren would no longer set hiring guidelines for member companies.

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