Brief History of PREX
1984
  • The Kansai Association of Corporate Executives dispatched study groups to Pacific nations.
  • Proposal that "development of human resources should be central to future Japanese international cooperation," and the announcement of the concept of a "Business and Technology Exchange Center."
1988
  • At the 6th Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (PECC) Osaka meeting, Chairman Uno of the Kansai Economic Federation proposed the establishment in Osaka of an organization that can be are presentative for Kansai's industry, government, and academia in the development of human resources in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Establishment of a founding committee and of a board of secretaries
1989
  • The Kansai Economic Federation dispatched study groups to various ASEAN countries to study local requirements.
  • Preparatory organization was established with in the Kansai Economic Federation Head Office.
1990
  • Approval obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and PREX officially established. Chairman: Osamu Uno, President: Minoru Yamada, Vice President: Nobusuke Kanda appointed.
  • Support started for the Pacific Economic Outlook (PEO) Japan Committee.
  • PREX magazine "PREX NOW" Japanese edition inaugurated
1991
  • PREX magazine "PREX NOW" English edition inaugurated
1992
  • Establishment of PREX Alumni Associations in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
1993
  • Alumni associations for the Philippines and Thailand established
1994
  • Osamu Uno retires as Chairman and Minoru Yamada as President. Chairman: Nobusuke Kanda, President: Yoshikuni Inoue, Vice President: Minoru Shibata appointed
  • PREX Alumni Association established in Vietnam
  • PREX magazine "PREX NOW" Chinese edition inaugurated
1995
  • PREX 5th Anniversary Celebrations
1996
  • Official website launched
2000
  • PREX Alumni Associations established in China, Chongqing, and Central Asia
  • PREX 10th Anniversary Celebrations
2001
  • Nobusuke Kanda retires as Chairman and takes office as advisor. Chairman: Yoshikuni Inoue, President: Minoru Shibata, Vice President: Yosaku Fuji appointed
  • PREX Alumni Association established in Mongolia
2003
  • Moved from the Nakanoshima Center Building in Kita-ku, Osaka City,to pia NPO in Chikkou, Minato-ku, Osaka City
2004
  • PREX Alumni Association established in Mexico
2005
  • PREX 15th Anniversary Celebrations
  • PREX Alumni Association established in Myanmar
2007
  • PREX Alumni Association established in Laos
2008
  • PREX Vision is formulated
  • Recipient of the Kansai Business Seminar Special Award and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Commendation
2011
  • Changed from a foundation to a public incorporated foundation