The Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1878. It has been functioning ever since under a specific national law defining Chamber activities as the function of an essential economic organization in this region. The KCCI contributes to the development of Kobe under its four principles of Democracy, Public Welfare, Impartiality, and Internationality.
The role of a Chamber of Commerce and Industry is, in general, to serve the local business community in an effort to broaden and deepen its economic base and to nurture a business environment. The KCCI aims to organize itself in order to most effectively respond to the needs of its members and the region. This Chamber has at present about 11,000 members, representing the mainstay of Kobe’s commerce and industry.
The KCCI is governed by its members through an Executive Board. The members elect 140 councilors who, in turn, elect an executive board consisting of a Chairman, 5 vice-chairmen, a president, 38 executive councilors, 3 auditors and 4 directors. The president and the 4 directors are members of the professional staff of the Chamber.