UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 24th Conference

March 27–30, 2008
United Kingdom
Held in the UK on March 27–30, more than thirty leaders took part in the 24th UK-Japan 21st Century Group forum. Starting the program off the participants met with UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband. The participants then engaged in a series of roundtables on international economics, domestic and regional developments, climate change, and UK-Japan cooperation on African development.
March 27

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange 

 

March 28

Session II: Latest Development in the UK & Europe
Rt. Hon Denis MacShane MP, former Minister for Europe 

Session III: The Growth of Asian Developing Economies: How this May Affect the Strategic Interests of the UK and Japan
Japan
Ambassador Yoshiyasu Sato, former Ambassador to Beijing 
UK
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor & Senior Commentator, Financial Times 

Session IV: International Development: Challenges for the UK and Japan in their Development assistance effort in Africa and other areas
Japan
Masaki Miyaji, Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation
UK
Paul Batchelor, Chairman, Crown Agents 

 

March 29

Session V: Climate Change
Japan
Taizo Yakushiji, Cabinet Council for Science & Technology Policy 
UK
Simon Buckle, Director of Climate Policy, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London 

 

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS

TAKAKO HIKOTANI

Associate Professor, National Defense Academy

YOSHIO ISIZAKA

Senior Advisor to the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation

MASAKI MIYAJI

Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation

YASUHIRO NAGASAKI

Executive Correspondent and Director of General Bureau for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

YOSHIJI NOGAMI

Japanese Ambassador to UK

HIROTO OHNO

Bureau Chief of European General Bureau, Asahi Shimbun

HAJIME SASAKI

Chairman of the Board, NEC Corproation

AMB. YOSHIYASU SATO

Advisor, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Ltd.; Former Japanese Ambassador to China

YOSHIHIDE SOEYA

Professor, Political Science, Keio University

HIDEKI WAKABAYASHI

Visiting Fellow, CSIS; Former member of the House of Councillors (DPJ)

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Executive Member, Council for Science 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

OBSERVERS

TOSHIRO IIJIMA

Director, Western Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MASAKI KURASAWA

Chief Manager, International Business Planning Division, NEC Corporation

SHINJI NARAKI

Senior Manager, Secretariat Office, General Affairs Division, NEC Corporation

KOJI TOMITA

Minister, Embassy of Japan

SECRETARIAT

HIFUMI TAJIMA

Senior Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange

UK PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIR

RT. HON LORD CUNNINGHAM OF FELLING

House of Lords

PARTICIPANTS

PAUL BATCHELOR

Chairman, Crown Agents

SIR JOHN BOYD KCMG

Former Chairman, Board of Governors, British Museum

NEIL BRUCE

Chief Operatin Officer, Natural Resources, AMEX plc

SIMON BUCKLE

Director of Climate Policy, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College of London

ANDY CRISP

Vice President, Corporate Marketing, BAE Systems

BILL EMMOTT

Former Editor, The Economist

SIR GRAHAM FRY KCMG

HM Ambassador, Tokyo

ROGER GODSIFF MP

Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group for Japan

MELVILLE GUEST OBE

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

RT. HON FABIAN HAMILTON MP

Member, House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee

RT. HON LORD HOWELL OF GUILFORD

House of Commons

RT. HON DENIS MACSHANE MP

MP for Rotherham, Former Minister for Europe; House of Commons, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

RT HON SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Former Minister of State for Trade

MICHAEL SHEARS

Chairman, Arup Trustees

PHILLIP STEPHENS

Associate Editor & Senior Commentator, Financial Times

JOHN SWENSON-WRIGHT

Lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations, University of Cambridge

LORD ROBIN TEVERSON

House of Lords

RICHARD THORNLEY

Regional Director, Japan, Rolls-Royce plc

DAVID WARREN

British Ambassador designate to Japan; Director of Human Resources, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

LORD WOOLMER OF LEEDS

UK Treasurer, UK-Japan 21st Century Group; House of Lords

SIR DAVID WRIGHT, GCMG, LVO

Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital

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