In Memoriam – Victor A. Lim (Jul 7, 2014)

The Philippines-Japan Society and the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation announced today the passing of one of its founders, Dr. Victor A. Lim.

Victor A. LimMr. Lim served as the Philippine High Commissioner to the 1970 World Expo World’s Fair held in Osaka, Japan.  He thus worked closely with Amb. Jose S. Laurel III, who was the Philippine ambassador to Japan then, and when the Philippines-Japan Society was established in 1971, Mr. Lim was one of its incorporators, eventually becoming its President from 1985 to 1992.

He was one of the founding Trustees of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation, a position he held until his demise.  He was also a finding Trustee of both the Philippine Institute of Japanese Language & Culture Foundation, Inc. and the Nihongo Center Foundation Inc..

Dr. Lim was Chairman of the Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee (PHILJEC) in 1991 to 1993 and served as Chairman/co-Chairman of the Joint Meetings of those years.  Mr.  Kazuo Haruna, Chairman of Marubeni Corporation and Mr. Hisamitsu Uetani, former Chairman of Yamaichi Securities served as Dr. Lim’s counterparts from the Japan-Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC).

Dr. Lim held top management positions in various large corporations.  He was also a founding faculty member of the Asian Institute of Management – Faculty of Master in Management – where he pioneered the “case method” in the Philippines.  He was also a President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Management Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

He served as Chairman of the Bases Conversion Development Authority from 1993 to 1996.  Dr. Lim is a recipient of the Third Order of the Sacred Treasure granted by the Emperor of Japan.

Mr. Lim is survived by his wife, Eloisa and his 8 children and grandchildren.  He was 90 years old.