One of the primary functions of local economic federations anywhere is to serve as both a political lobby and an economic think tank. Economic and social policies that are approved by local politicians, and sometimes funded by a national parliament, often originate in these federations, which have their own visions of what the future should look like.

In the Kansai region, the future, as envisioned by the Kansai Economic Federation, looks something like a penguin.

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