UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 34th Conference

September 7–10, 2017
London, Cambridge, United Kingdom
The 34th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in the UK on September 7–10, 2017, in London and Cambridge. The Japanese delegation began its visit in London with a courtesy call on Prime Minister Theresa May and a reception and lunch discussion hosted by the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK. The group—comprised of politicians, journalists, businesspeople, and scholars—then moved to Cambridge, where they held in-depth discussions on a broad range of issues, including the latest political and economic developments in each country, global institutions and the rule of law, the implications of Brexit for UK-Japan trade and investment, defense and security issues, higher education, and the opportunities presented by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for UK-Japan collaboration.
 
September 7

Reception and luncheon hosted by Japan Society and JCCI—Discussion chaired by Sir David Warren

Meeting with Prime Minister

Reception hosted by the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific
Dinner hosted by Ambassador Tsuruoka

September 8

Session 1: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy
Philip Collins, columnist and leader writer, The Times

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy: The Implications of Brexit
Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Managing Executive, Nikkei Inc
Tokiko Shimizu, General Manager for Europe and Chief Representative in London, Bank of Japan

Session 3: Global Institutions and the Rule of Law: Working Together to Meet International Obligations
Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute Ltd
After-Dinner Speaker
Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge, former BBC Editorial Director

September 9

Session 4: UK-Japan Trade and Investment Relations in the Post-Brexit Era
Chris Leslie MP and Oliver Dowden MP
Tetsuro Imaeda, Managing Executive Officer and Head of EMEA Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Chief Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.

Session 5: Defence and Security Challenges for the UK and Japan
Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Prof Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI

Session 6: UK-Japan Research and Strategic Partnerships in the Higher Education Sector
Dame Julia Goodfellow, immediate past President, Universities UK
Yuichiro Anzai, President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Session 7: Tokyo 2020: Opportunities for UK-Japan Collaboration in Planning for the Future
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Games Federation
Kuniko Obinata, Vice-Chairperson, Paralympians Association of Japan
After-Dinner Speaker
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

September 10

Session 8: Chairmen’s Summary Dialogue

Session 9: Conclusions and Recommendations

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

Yasuhisa Shiozaki

Co-Chairman, UK-Japan 21st Century Group; former Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare; Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

Masatomi Akana

Corporate Officer, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Global Value & Access, Eisai Co., Ltd.

Yuichiro Anzai

President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Haruki Hayashi

Executive Vice President, Regional CEO, Europe & Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation; Managing Director, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) PLC

Tsutomu Ishiai

London Bureau Chief and European Editor, Asahi Shimbun

Tetsuro Imaeda

Managing Executive Officer and Head of EMEA Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Chief Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.

Ken Jimbo

Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Mami Mitzutori

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

Kuniko Obinata

Vice Chairperson, Paralympians Association of Japan

Akio Okawara

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

Tokiko Shimizu

General Manager for Europe and Chief Representative in London, Bank of Japan Chief Representative Office for Europe

Tsuyoshi Sunohara

Senior Diplomatic Writer, Nikkei Shimbun, Secretary General for US-Japan Project, Japan Center for Economic Research; Visiting Professor, Center for Global Discovery, Sophia University

Yasunori Sota

Project Manager, Power Systems Group, Hitachi Europe, Ltd.

Yasuo Tanabe

Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitoshi Tanaka

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

Keizo Takemi

Member of the House of Councillors (LDP)

Koji Tsuruoka

Japanese Ambassador to UK

Isamu Ueda

Member of the House of Representatives (New Komeito)

Shu Watanabe

Member of the House of Representatives (Democratic Party)

UK PARTICIPANTS

Lord (Andrew) Lansley

UK Co-Chairman, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Dr Lisa Cameron

Member of Parliament (Scottish National Party)

Prof Malcolm Chalmers

Deputy Director-General, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Philip Collins

Columnist and leader writer, The Times

Prof Marie Conte-Helm

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Lord (Jack) Cunningham

Executive Chairman and Director, Navitas Resources UK

Oliver Dowden

Member of Parliament (Conservative)

Phillip Fauchet

President and Representative Director Japan, GSK

Dame Julia Goodfellow

Immediate Past President, Universities UK

David Grevemberg

Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Games Federatoin

Chris Leslie

Member of Parliament (Labour)

Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Lord (Jack) McConnell

House of Lords

Dr Robin Niblett

Director, Chatham House

Dr. John Nilsson-Wright

Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Politics and International Relations, Cambridge University and head of the Asia Program at Chatham House

David Richardson

Chief Executive, Crown Agents

Thomas Swaren

President, North East Asia, BAE Systems

Nigel Talboys

Global Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Terumo BCT Europe

Haruhiko Tsuyukubo

President, Rolls Royce Japan

Sir David Warren

Chairman, The Japan Soceity, and former UK Ambassador to Japan

Sir David Wright

Senior Advisor, Barclays and former UK Ambassador to Japan

Observers

Matt Cape

Director, Navitas Resources

Steve Kilvington

Business Development Director, BAE Systems

Kyoko Kotari

Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd

Tomohiro Mikanagi

Minister, Head of Political Section, Embassy of Japan

Yoichi Nakashima

First Secretary, Political Section, Embassy of Japan

Motoko Nakayama

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

Neil Riley

Head of Japan Desk, Barclays Corporate Bank

Fumie Tokunaga

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

Takako Tsujisaka

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

 

JCIE co-organizes the UK-Japan 21st Century Group with the Japan Society of the UK in London.

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