UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 28th Conference

May 19–22, 2011
London

The 28th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was convened in London on May 19–22, 2011. Thirty-two senior Japanese and British figures attended the meeting, where they discussed areas for potential greater collaboration between Japan and the United Kingdom, such as emerging global political and security issues as well as the challenges faced by both countries in responding to fiscal pressures and competition from the emerging economies. The devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and the international ramifications of the disaster also featured heavily in the discussions. The Japanese delegation had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, and their discussions further stressed the importance of reinvigorating UK-Japan relations to meet the challenges of the Japanese disaster and other international challenges.

Outside of the meeting’s formal sessions, the Japanese participants spoke to several leaders from the British government to continue the dialogue on opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in various areas, including Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills Vince Cable and Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.

Following the forum, a joint statement was issued detailing the findings and recommendations of the participants.

May 19

Japanese delegation meeting with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Reception

May 20

Breakfast Meeting
VINCE CABLE, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills
JEREMY HUNT, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

Session I: Latest Developments in the UK and Europe
PHILIP STEPHENS, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Session II: Latest Developments in Japan and East Asia
TAIZO YAKUSHIJI, Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies

May 21

Session II continued: The Japanese Tsunami and its Consequences

Session III: How Well Are the West and Japan Responding to the New Global Political and Security Challenges?
HITOSHI TANAKA, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
CHRIS HUGHES, Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Warwick University

Session IV: Challenges for British and Japanese Economic Policy in Coping with Fiscal Pressures and Competition from the Emerging Economies
BILL EMMOTT, Writer and consultant on international affairs
NAOKI TANAKA, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

May 22

Session V: Prospects for UK–Japan Relations and Progress in Developing Bilateral Collaboration
LORD TEVERSON, House of Lords (Liberal Democratic Party)
YUICHI HOSOYA, Professor, Keio University

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS

KEIICHI HAYASHI

Japanese Ambassador to the UK

YUICHI HOSOYA

Professor, Keio University

SEIJI MAEHARA

Member of the House of Representatives (DPJ); Former Minister for Foreign Affairs

KENICHI MIYATA

Senior Adviser to the Director of the Customer Division, The Asahi Shimbun

MAMI MIZUTORI

Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

TOMOJI NAKATANI

Member, House of Councillors (DPJ)

GRAHAM SMITH

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

YASUO TANABE

Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

HITOSHI TANAKA

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman of the Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

NAOKI TANAKA

President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

TETSURO TERADA

Executive Vice President, Regional CEO, Europe—CIS, Middle East & Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation; Managing Director, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) PLC; Chairman, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK (JCCI)

TAIZO YAKUSHIJI

Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies; Professor of Emeritus of Keio University, Visiting Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Professor Emeritus, Keio University

TADASHI YAMAMOTO

President, Japan Center for International Exchange; Japanese Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

 

 

UK PARTICIPANTS

CO-CHAIR

LORD HOWARD

House of Lords (Conservative Party)

PARTICIPANTS

SIR JOHN BOYD

Chairman, Asia House

SAMIR BRIKHO

Group Chief Executive, AMEC

LORELY BURT

Member of Parliament (Liberal Democrat Party)

SIMON CHELTON

Vice President, Corporate Relations, North East Asia, BAE Systems

BILL EMMOTT

Writer and Consultant on international affairs

PROFESSOR GLENN HOOK

Director, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University

CHRISTOPHER HUGHES

Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Warwick University

CHARLES HUMFREY

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

MARGOT JAMES

Member of Parliament (Conservative party)

LORD MCCONNELL

House of Lords (Scottish Labour Party)

SIR RICHARD NEEDHAM

Former Minister of Trade

YASMIN QURESHI

Member of Parliament (Labour Party)

PHILIP STEPHENS

Associate Editor, Financial Times

PROF MARK TAYLOR

Dean, Warwick Business School

STEVE TAYLOR

Executive Director, Crown Agents

LORD TEVERSON

House of Lords (Liberal Democratic Party)

RICHARD THORNLEY

President, Rolls-Royce plc in Japan

DAVID WARREN

UK Ambassador to Japan

 

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