UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 21st Conference

March 10–13, 2005
Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan

The 21st Annual Meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was held in Tokyo and Nagoya from March 10–13, 2005. The meeting was chaired by Hon. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, member of the House of Representatives and Rt. Hon. Dr. Jack Cunningham MP.

In Tokyo, the group members met with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who stressed the importance of maintaining strong UK-Japan relations and expressed his gratitude for the role that the group played in securing British participation in the Aichi World Expo.

The group discussed a number of global issues that provide the UK and Japan with opportunities for closer cooperation. Those topics include support for the poorest countries in Africa; combating communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; the challenges of balancing economic development with protection of the environment; and promoting cooperation among various sectors in both countries, especially through the promotion of civil society organizations.

Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, hosted a reception for the delegation, and the group visited the Aichi World Expo in Nagoya.

March 10

Reception hosted by ICHIRO AISAWA, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

March 11

Session I: Briefing on Japan in East Asia

TERUAKI AOKI, Corporate Executive Vice President, Sony Corporation

YASUHISA SHIOZAKI, Member of the House of Representatives

Meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Luncheon hosted by British Ambassador to Japan GRAHAM FRY

Session II: Briefing on the United Kingdom in the European Union

VICTOR BULMER-THOMAS, Director, Royal Institute for International Affairs

March 12

Session III: Responding to the Challenges of Global Governance

  • Promoting the alliance relationship with the U.S. after the Bush reelection; Enhancing the role of the United Nations; Strengthening UK-Japan cooperation in responding to global challenges

MASASHI NISHIHARA, President, National Defense Academy

SIR STEPHEN GOMERSALL, former Ambassador to Japan

Session IV: The New Challenges of International Energy Security and UK-Japan Cooperation

  • Reducing energy dependence on the Middle East; Improvement of energy efficiency

YOSHIYUKI KASAI, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company

LORD HOWELL, former Secretary of State for Energy; President of British Institute of Energy Economists

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN, Chairman, URENCO

Session V: Promoting Nature’s Wisdom—Balancing Development with Protection of Environment

HAJIME SASAKI, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

BILL EMMOTT, Editor, The Economist

March 13

Session VI: The Rise of China and Its Economic and Security Implications for the International Order

KEIZO TAKEMI, Member, House of Councilors

SEIJI MAEHARA, Member, House of Representatives

SIR JOHN BOYD, Master, Churchill College; Chairman, Governors of British Museum

Concluding Session: Chairmen’s Summaries and Recommendations

Tour of the Aichi World EXPO (Nagoya)

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CHAIRMAN

YASUHISA SHIOZAKI

Member, House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party); Former Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance

PARTICIPANTS

HATSUO AOKI

President and Chief Executive Officer, Fujisawa Pharmaceutical, Ltd.

TERUAKI AOKI

Senior Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Sony Corporation

SHINJI FUKUKAWA

Executive Advisor, Dentsu Inc.; Advisor Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute

MOTOHISA FURUKAWA

Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan)

YOSHIO ISHIZAKA

Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Corporation

YOSHIYUKI KASAI

Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company

SEIJI MAEHARA

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

MASASHI NISHIHARA

President, National Defense Academy

YASUTOSHI NISHIMURA

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

YOSHIJI NOGAMI

Japanese Ambassador to UK

HAJIME SASAKI

Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

YUKIO SATOH

President, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Former Ambassador to UN

HIDEYA TAIDA

Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation, Executive Director, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

KEIZO TAKEMI

Member, House of Councilors (LDP)

ISAMU UEDA

Member, House of Representatives (NKP)

KOJI WATANABE

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Former Ambassador to Russia

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

FUMIHIKO YOSHIDA

Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun

UK PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIRMAN

RT. HON DR JACK CUNNINGHAM MP

Member of the House of Commons, Labour; Former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

PARTICIPANTS

SIR JOHN BOYD

Master, Churchill College; Chairman, Governors of British Museum; Former Ambassador to Japan

PROFESSOR VICTOR BULMER-THOMAS

Director, Royal Institute for International Affairs

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN

Chairman, URENCO Ltd

BILL EMMOTT

Editor, The Economist

HE GRAHAM FRY

British Ambassador to Japan

SIR STEPHEN GOMERSALL KCMG

Chief Executive for Europe, Hitachi Ltd.; Former British Ambassador to Japan

MELVILLE GUEST

UK Executive Director, The UK-Japan 21st Century Group

LORD HOWELL OF GUILDFORD

Member of the House of Lords

RT. HON BEVERLEY HUGHES MP

Minister of State at the Home office; Member of the House of Commons, Labour

DR. TIDU MAINI

Pro-Rector, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

PIETER MONTYN

Consultant, BAE Systems plc

RT. HON SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Director, Dyson plc; former Minister for Trade

DR. MICHAEL SHEARS

Chairman of Trustees, Arup

IAN THOMAS

Business Development Director, AMEC

LORD WOOLMER OF LEEDS

Member of the House of Lords

 

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