Mr. Yonekura graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in law in 1960. He earned his M.A. from the Department of Economics, Graduate School, Duke University of the U.S. in 1964 and completed the PhD course of the same school in 1965. Mr. Yonekura joined Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. in 1960. He became President of Sumitomo Chemical in 2000, and has served as Chairman of the company since 2009. In Keidanren, Japan’s leading business federation, Mr. Yonekura served as Vice Chairman from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, he became Chairman of Keidanren’s Board of Councillors. Since May 2010, he has served as Chairman of Keidanren. He is also Co-Chairman of the EU-Japan Business Round Table and Chairman of the Japan-U.S. Business Council.