UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 26th Conference

March 18–21, 2010
London

The 26th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group brought together 34 participants from the United Kingdom and Japan in London on March 18–21, 2010. The group engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on domestic and international issues affecting both countries and possible avenues for greater collaboration. They explored topics such as the continuing repercussions of the global economic crisis and the resulting impacts on trade and investment. Participants also exchanged views on global and regional security concerns within the context of a shifting world geopolitical structure, as well as the steps necessary to address the threat of climate change in the wake of the recent Copenhagen climate summit.

Outside of the conference, the Japanese delegation met with a series of leaders from diverse sectors of UK society to further explore the state of relations between the two close allies, including Business Secretary Peter Mandelson and Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

After the close of the meeting, the two chairmen of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group issued a joint statement reflecting on the lessons learned over the course of the forum.

March 17

Dinner
Hosted by Shin Ebihara, Japanese Ambassador to the UK

March 18

Japanese delegation visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

March 19

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia
Itsunori Onodera, Member of the House of Representatives

Session II: Latest Developments in UK & Europe
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

March 20

Session III: The Challenges of Recovering from the Global Economic crisis and its Impact on International Trade, Investment, and Financial Flows
Prof. Mark Taylor, Warwick University
Naoki Tanaka, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

Session IV: The Changing International Geopolitical Structure and its Impact on Global and Regional Security
Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange
Dr. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House

Session V: The Agenda on Climate Change after the Copenhagen Summit and the Strategies needed in Response
Prof. Lord May, Member of UK government Climate Change Committee and former Chief Scientific Officer
Taizo Yakushiji, Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies

March 21

Session VI: Prospects for UK–Japan Relations and Progress in Developing Bilateral Collaboration
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
Lord Woolmer, House of Lords

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

Acting Chairman, The UK-Japan 21st Century Group; President, Japan Center for International Exchange

TADASHI ARASHIMA

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

SHIN EBIHARA

Japanese Ambassador to the UK

KENICHI MIYATA

Executive Secretary of the Institute of Journalism, The Asahi Shimbun

YASUHIRO NAGASAKI

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

TOMOJI NAKATANI

Member of the House of Councillors (DPJ)

YOSHIYASU SATO

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP) Former Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

GRAHAM SMITH

Executive Advisor to the President and Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe, London Office

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

NAOKI TANAKA

President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

TETSURO TERADA

Executive Vice President, Europe, CIS, Middle East & Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation

RYUICHIRO TOMITA

Senior Resident in Europe, Multinational Sales & Marketing Product Development Group, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

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

IKUO YAMAHANA

Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ)

OBSERVERS

SUMIO KUSAKA

Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister and Consul-General, Embassy of Japan

SHINGO YAMAGAMI

Minister for Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan

JUN SAITO

Director, Western Europe Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

SECRETARIAT

HIFUMI TAJIMA

Senior Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange

UK PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIR

LORD CUNNINGHAM

House of Lords

PARTICIPANTS

SIR JOHN BOYD

Chairman, Asia House

SAMIR BRIKHO

Group Chief Executive, AMEC

SIMON CHELTON

Vice President, Corporate Development, BAE Systems

BILL EMMOTT

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

PROF. GLENN HOOK

Director, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

CHARLES HUMFREY

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

PROF. LORD MAY

Professor, Oxford University and Imperial College, Former Chief Scientific Officer and former President of the Royal Society

SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Former Minister for Trade

DR. ROBIN NIBLETT

Director, Chatham House

DR. MICHAEL SHEARS

Chairman, Arup Trustees

SIR JOHN STANLEY

Member of Parliament

PHILIP STEPHENS

Associate Editor, Financial Times

MARK TAYLOR

Professor of International Finance and Macroeconomics, Warwick University

STEVE TAYLOR

Executive Director, Crown Agents

RICHARD THORNLEY

Regional Director, Japan, Rolls-Royce

DAVID WARREN

UK Ambassador to Japan

LORD WOOLMER

House of Lords

SIR DAVID WRIGHT

Vice Chairman, Barclays Capital

OBSERVERS

 

CARON ROHSLER

Deputy Head of Far Eastern Group, FCO

SECRETARIAT

 

LOUISE FORTEY

Bilaterals Coordinator, Asia House

MELISSA FORTEY

 

 

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