UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 22nd Conference

March 16–18, 2006
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was held at Ware in Hertfordshire, UK, on March 16–18, 2006. The meeting was co-chaired by the Hon. Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Member of the House of Representatives and Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Rt Hon Lord Cunningham of Felling.

Before the meeting, the Japanese delegation, accompanied by Lord Cunningham, called on Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, both of whom noted the excellent state of the bilateral relationship and emphasized the scope for cooperation in a multilateral context, notably on aid to Africa, counter-terrorism, Iraq, WTO, the NPT, and UN issues. The significance of the rise of China and India was also discussed. The Prime Minister expressed continued support for Japan’s bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council and looked forward to the Japanese chairmanship of the G8 in 2008. He also expressed appreciation for Japan’s contributions in Iraq.

The group discussed recent economic and political developments in the UK and Japan; the global energy challenge and its impact on the two countries; the challenges posed by the movement of people, including issues related to immigration and multicultural societies; and the current and future implications of the rise of China and India for Europe and Asia.

March 15

Dinner hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom

 
March 16

Japanese delegation visit with Prime Minister Tony Blair

Lunch for Japanese delegation in the House of Commons

Japanese delegation visit with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

 
March 17

SESSION 1: Economic and Political Developments in the UK and Japan in their Regional Context

The UK and Europe
The Lord Grenfell of Kilvey, Chairman, European Union Select Committee, House of Lords

Japan and East Asia
Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

SESSION 2: Japan and the UK and the Global Energy Challenge

SPEAKERS
Taizo Yakushiji, Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy of the Cabinet Office of Japan
Hajime Sasaki, Chairman, NEC Corporation
John Mills, Vice President, Group Strategy, Shell

SESSION 3: The Movement of Peoples: Issues Relating to Immigration and Multicultural Societies

SPEAKERS
Isami Takeda, Professor, Dokkyo University
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research

 
March 18

SESSION 4: The Impact of the Rise of China and India in Asia and Europe

SPEAKERS
Bill Emmott, Editor, The Economist
Makio Miyagawa, Director, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
Takako Hirose, Professor, Senshu University

CONCLUDING SESSION: Chairmen’s Summary and Recommendations

 

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIR

YASUHISA SHIOZAKI

Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs; Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

PARTICIPANTS

HATSUO AOKI

Chairman, Astellas Pharma Inc.

TERUAKI AOKI

Advisor, Sony Corporation

TAKAKO HIROSE

Professor, Senshu University

YOSHIO ISHIZAKA

Senior Advisor to the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation

TADAKAZU KIMURA

Bureau Chief of European General Bureau, The Asahi Shimbun

YOSHIJI NOGAMI

Japanese Ambassador to UK

HAJIME SASAKI

Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

ISAMI TAKEDA

Professor, Dokkyo University

KOICHI TAKEMASA

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

KEIZO TAKEMI

Member, House of Councillors (LDP)

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

ISAMU UEDA

Member, House of Representatives (NKP)

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy of the Cabinet Office of Japan; Professor, Political Science, Keio University; Executive Research Director, Institute for International Policy Studies

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

UK PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIR

RT. HON LORD CUNNINGHAM OF FELLING

House of Lords

PARTICIPANTS

SIR JOHN BOYD KCMG

Chairman, Board of Governors, British Museum

RT HON SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL QC MP CBE

House of Commons

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN

Director, AMEC plc; Former Chairman, URENCO

MARTIN CHANDLER

Vice President Regional Marketing, Asia Pacific, BAE Systems plc

BILL EMMOTT

Editor, The Economist

SIR GRAHAM FRY KCMG

HM Ambassador, Tokyo

MELVILLE GUEST

Senior Advisor, Imperial College London; UK Executive Director, 21st Century Group

RT HON LORD HOWELL OF GUILFORD

House of Lords

JEREMY HUNT MP

House of Commons

SUE ION

Executive Director of Technology, BNFL

ANTHONY LOEHNIS

Chairman, Alpha Bank London

RT HON ALAN MILBURN MP

House of Commons

JOHN MILLS

Vice President, Group Strategy, Shell

RT HON SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Former Minister of State for Trade

MIKE SHEARS

Chairman, Arup Foundation

IAN GOW

Provost for China, Nottingham University

KEITH WHITE

Chief Executive, Crown Agents

LORD WOOLMER OF LEEDS

House of Lords

SIR DAVID WRIGHT GCMG

Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital

OUTSIDE SPEAKERS

LORD GRENFELL OF KILVEY

Chairman, European Select Committee, House of Lords

DANNY SRISKANDARAJAH

Senior Fellow, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR)

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