UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 25th Conference

February 19–22, 2009
Japan
Twenty-eight British and Japanese leaders took part in the 25th UK-Japan 21st Century Group forum, which was held in Japan on February 19–22. At the start of the program, the participants met with Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso. The participants then engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on issues such as domestic and regional developments in each country, the global implications of the start of the Obama Administration in the United States, the international financial crisis, and opportunities for cooperation on energy and the environment. At the end of the forum, a joint statement was released that reflected on the twenty-five year anniversary of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.
February 19

Reception
Hosted by Mr Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister of Foreign Affairs

February 20

Meeting with Prime Minister Taro Aso

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia
Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

February 21

Session II: Latest Developments in UK & Europe
Bill Emmott, Writer, Speaker and Consultant on International Affairs; Former Editor, The Economist

Session III: The Implications of the Election of a New US President for Global Governance
Masayuki Tadokoro, Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Session IV: Dealing with the Financial Crisis in the Changing Global Economic Structure
Yoshiji Nogami, President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs; Executive Advisor, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Limited
Mark Taylor, Professor of International Finance and Macroeconomics, Warwick University

February 22

Session V: Common Challenges of Energy and Environment
Hajime Sasaki, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation
Jon Gibbins, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London

 

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS

YASUHISA SHIOZAKI

Chairman, The UK-Japan 21st Century Group, Former Chief Cabinet Secretary, Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

TADASHI ARASHIMA

President & Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Motor Europe, Senior Managing Director, Toyota Motor Corporation

SHIN EBIHARA

Japanese Ambassador to UK

SHINJI FUKUKAWA

Chairman, TEPIA, Machine Industry Memorial Foundation

YOKO FUKUMOTO

Senior Writer, The Mainichi Shimbun

TAKAKO HIKOTANI

Associate Professor, National Defense Academy

YOSHINORI IMAI

Executive Vice President, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

AKIRA KOJIMA

Trustee and Senior Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER)

YOSHIJI NOGAMI

President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs, Former Ambassador to UK

MASASHI NISHIHARA

President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

HAJIME SASAKI

Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

YOSHIYASU SATO

Advisor, Tokyo Electric Power Company, Former Ambassador to China

MASAYUKI TADOKORO

Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

ISAMU UEDA

Member, House of Representatives (New Komeito)

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Research Director, Institute for International Policy Studies; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

FUMIHIKO YOSHIDA

Editorial Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

OBSERVERS

JONATHAN AVES

Head of Political Section, British Embassy in Japan

MASAKI KURASAWA

Chief Manager, International Business Planning Division, NEC Corporation

SCOTT WIGHTMAN

Director for Asia Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

SATOMI OKAGAKI

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

SECRETARIAT

HIFUMI TAJIMA

Senior Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange

PATRICK ISHIYAMA

Web and Book Design, Japan Center for International Exchange

HIYUKO FUJITA

Program Assistant, 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

Chairman of the Joseph Needham Research Institute, Cambridge

SAMIR BRIKHO

Group Chief Executive, AMEC

NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN

Former CEO, British Nuclear Fuels

ANDY CRISP

Executive Vice President, BAE Systems

BILL EMMOTT

Writer, Speaker and Consultant on International Affairs; Former Editor, The Economist

JON GIBBINS

Senior Lecturer, Imperial College

MELVILLE GUEST OBE

Senior Advisor, Corporate and External Affairs,Imperial College

GLENN HOOK

Director, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

CHARLES HUMFREY

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

RT HON SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Former Minister for Trade

MICHAEL SHEARS

Chairman, Arup Trustees

PHILLIP STEPHENS

Associate Editor & Senior Commentator, Financial Times 

MARK TAYLOR

Professor of International Finance and Macroeconomics, Warwick University

STEVE TAYLOR

Executive Director, Crown Agents

LORD ROBIN TEVERSON

House of Lords

RICHARD THORNLEY

Regional Director, Japan, Rolls-Royce plc

DAVID WARREN

British Ambassador to Japan

LORD WOOLMER OF LEEDS

House of Lords

SIR DAVID WRIGHT, GCMG, LVO

Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital

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