UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 35th Conference

August 31–September 2, 2018
Tokyo and Kamakura

The 35th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in Japan on August 31–September 2, 2018. The UK delegation began its visit in Tokyo with events hosted by British Ambassador Paul Madden and by Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The UK participants paid a courtesy call to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, before joining their Japanese counterparts for the trip to Kamakura. The group—comprised of politicians, journalists, businesspeople, and scholars—held in-depth discussions on a broad range of issues, including the latest political and economic developments in each country, the implications of Brexit for UK-Japan relations in the financial services sector, the role of the two countries in the world trade regime, soft power diplomacy, defense and security challenges, and global health challenges and cooperation. A summary of discussions and recommendations is prepared by the co-chairs and presented to their respective governments.

August 30

TOKYO PROGRAMME
Lunch hosted by British Ambassador Paul Madden
Reception hosted by Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs

 

August 31

Call on Prime Minister (UK participants only)

KAMAKURA PROGRAMME

Post Brexit UK-Japan Relations in a New International Order

Opening remarks by Co-Chairmen of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, Yasuhisa Shiozaki and Lord Lansley

Session 1: Latest Developments in Japanese Politics and the Economy

SPEAKER: Toshiaki Miura, Political and Diplomatic Correspondent,The Asahi Shimbun

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy

UK SPEAKER: Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Optional : Kotoku-in Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura)

Dinner

September 1

Session 3: UK-Japan Financial Services Sector Relations in the Post-Brexit Era

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Yasuyuki Kawasaki, Deputy Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

UK SPEAKER: Professor Tom James, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Navitas Resources

Session 4: The Role of UK and Japan in the New International World Trade Regime

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry

UK SPEAKER: Lord Andrew Lansley, UK Co-Chairman

Lunch : Soft Power Diplomacy—UK-Japan Cooperation in Culture, Education & Sport

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Kan Suzuki, Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Science and Technology

UK SPEAKER: Sir Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive British Council

Session 5: Defence and Security Challenges for the UK and Japan in a Changing International World Order

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute of International Strategy, Japan Research Institute, Ltd.

UK SPEAKER: Dr John Nilsson-Wright, Cambridge University and Chatham House

Session 6: Global Health Challenges and Cooperation

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Keizo Takemi, Member of House of Councillors

UK SPEAKER: Mr Lelio Marmora, Executive Director, Unitaid

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.

Akinari Horii

Special Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors, The Canon Institute for Global Studies, Tokyo 

Shuji Inatomi

Member of the House of Representatives (Democratic Party For the People) 

Isao Kano

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

Yasuyuki Kawasaki 

Deputy Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. 

Seiji Maehara 

Member of the House of Representatives (Democratic Party For the People) 

Toshiya Matsuki 

Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation 

Toshiaki Miura 

Political and Diplomatic Correspondent, Asahi Shimbun 

Mitsuhiro Murooka 

Vice President, Global Business Unit, NEC Corporation 

Atsushi Nakajima 

Chairman, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) 

Masanobu Ogura 

Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications; Member of the House of Representatives (LDP) 

Kazumasa Okajima 

Member of the House of Representatives (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan) 

Mitsunari Okamoto

Member of the House of Representatives (New Komeito) 

Akio Okawara 

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

Ryo Sahashi 

Professor of International Politics and Director of Center for Asian Studies, Kanagawa University 

Tsuyoshi Sunohara 

Managing Executive Officer for Global Business, Nikkei Inc.; Professor by Special Appointment of Sophia University 

Kan Suzuki 

Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo; Professor, Graduate School Media and Government, Keio University 

Keisuke Suzuki 

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

Keizo Takemi 

Member of the House of Councillors (LDP)

Yasuo Tanabe 

Special Representative for External Relations, 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 

Koji Tsuruoka 

Japanese Ambassador to UK 

UK PARTICIPANTS 

Lord (Andrew) Lansley 

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

Lisa Cameron MP

Member of Parliament (Scottish National Party) 

Lord (Jack) Cunningham 

Executive Chairman and Director, Navitas Resources UK 

Sir Ciaran Devane 

Chief Executive British Council 

Alan Donnelly 

Executive Chairman Sovereign Strategy

Philippe Fauchet 

Chairman GlaxoSmithKline K.K.

David Fitton

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Baroness Sue Garden 

Member of the House of Lords

John Howland Jackson 

Chief Executive Officer, Nikko Asset Management Europe Limited 

Tom James 

CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Navitas Resources UK 

Lord (Jack) McConnell 

Member of the House of Lords

Alison McGovern MP 

Member of Parliament (Labour) 

Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Lelio Marmora

Executive Director, Unitaid

John Nilsson-Wright

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

Simone Niven

Group Executive, Corporate Relations, Rio Tinto 

David Richardson 

Chief Executive, Crown Agents

Philip Stephens

Director, Financial Times Editorial Board

Thomas Swaren

President, North East Asia, BAE Systems

Nigel Talboys

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

Sir David Warren

Chairman, The Japan Society; former UK Ambassador to Japan

OBSERVERS 

Sanne Fournier-Wendes 

Chief of Staff, Unitaid 

Serin Hasan 

Executive Assistant, British Council 

Sonia Hilton-Matthew 

Senior Legal Officer, Unitaid 

Yuka Inabata 

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

Kazuaki Kitabatake 

Managing Executive Officer, Terumo Corporation 

Tetsuya Kodama 

Chairman, Japan, Barclays 

Jun Saito 

Deputy Director-General/Deputy Assistant Minister, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Jennifer Sakaguchi 

General Manager Corporate Relations Japan, Rio Tinto Japan 

Fumie Tokunaga 

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

Mark Wilson 

Country Director, BAE Systems 

SECRETARIAT

Hifumi Tajima

Chief Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange 

Patrick Ishiyama

Web and Book Design, Japan Center for International Exchange  

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