UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 36th Conference

September 6–8, 2019
London and Cantebury

The 36th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in London and Cantebury at the height of a dramatic period in the Brexit saga as Prime Minister Boris Johnson had just announced plans the previous week to suspend parliament. 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, ways to further expand UK-Japan trade and promote free trade, energy security and sustainability, mutual security challenges and collaboration, and potential collaboration in the areas of technology, health, and life sciences. 

A summary of discussions and recommendations (available below) was prepared by the co-chairs and presented to their respective governments.

September 5
LONDON PROGRAMME
Reception and luncheon hosted by Japan Society and JCCI
Discussion chaired by Martin Hatfull, Deputy Chairman, Japan Society
Dinner hosted by Ambassador Tsuruoka
September 6

CANTERBURY PROGRAMME

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

Introduction to the University of Kent at Canterbury
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost David Nightingale

Session 1: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy

SPEAKERS:
Prof. Richard G. Whitman, University of Kent
Lord McConnell, House of Lords

Session 2: Latest Developments in Japanese Politics and the Economy

SPEAKERS:
Karen Makishima, Member, House of Representatives (LDP)
Shuji Inatomi, Member, House of Representatives (DPFP)
Yoshinori Nakata, Director-General, International Department, Bank of Japan

Dinner

September 7

Session 3: Trade, Investment, and the Global Economy

UK SPEAKER: Sir David Wright, Group Global Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

 JAPANESE SPEAKER: Yorizumi Watanabe, Dean, School of International Communications, Kansai University of International Studies

Session 4: Energy: Security, Sustainability, and Economy

UK SPEAKER: Barny Evans, WSP UK Ltd.

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Yukari Yamashita, Board Member, Director, Charge of Energy Data and Modelling Center, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

Session 5: Russia and China: Security Challenges for the UK and Japan

UK SPEAKER: Mr. James Nixey, Chatham House

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Satoru Mori, Professor, Hosei University

Session 6: Policy Responses to Digital Revolution

UK SPEAKER: Dr. Carlos López-Gómez, Head Policy Links, University of Cambridge

JAPANESE SPEAKER: Toshinori Kajiura, Senior Researcher, Hitachi Ltd.

Dinner

GUEST SPEAKER: Tsutomu Ishiai, Former London Bureau Chief and European Editor, Asahi Shimbun

September 8

Session 7: Chairmen’s Summary Dialogue

Session 8: 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.

Akinari Horii

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

Shuji Inatomi

Member of the House of Representatives (DPFP)

Tsutomu Ishiai

Former London Bureau Chief and European Editor, The Asahi Shimbun

Toshinori Kajiura

Senior Researcher, Hitachi Ltd.

Isao Kano

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

Yasuyuki Kawasaki

Deputy Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Hironobu Kurosaki

President and CEO, NEC Europe Ltd.

Karen Makishima

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

Satoru Mori

Professor, Hosei University

Kenji Nakanishi

Member of the House of Councillors (LDP)

Yoshinori Nakata

Director-General, International Department, Bank of Japan

Akio Okawara

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

Ryo Sahashi

Associate Professor of International Politics, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo

Jun Takao

General Bureau Chief for Europe, Middle East and Africa, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

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

Yukari Yamashita

Board Member, Director, Charge of Energy Data and Modelling Center (EDMC), The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan;  President-Elect, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)

Yorizumi Watanabe

Dean, School of International Communication, Kansai University of International Studies; Emeritus Professor, Keio University

UK PARTICIPANTS

Lord (Andrew) Lansley 

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

Lord (Jack) Cunningham

Executive Chairman and Director, Navitas Resources UK

Alan Donnelly

Executive Chairman Sovereign Strategy

Barny Evans

Head of Sustainable Places and Energy, WSP UK Ltd

Philippe Fauchet

Founder, Mirasense Partners 

David Fitton

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Baroness (Sue) Garden

House of Lords

Carlos López-Gómez

Head Policy Links, University of Cambridge

Lord (Jack) McConnell

House of Lords

H.E. Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

John Nilsson-Wright

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

James Nixey

Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

David Richardson

Non Executive Director, Crown Agents

Nigel Talboys

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

David Warren

Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme of Chatham House and Chair of Council at the University of Kent

Richard G Whitman   

Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Sir David Wright   

Group Global Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

 

 

OBSERVERS

Kyoko Hokugo

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

Jun Miura

Minister, Embassy of Japan 

Eiji Nishikawa 

Business Development Director, BAE Systems (International) Ltd

Yuta Saisho

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

Yukari Sato

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

Takuya Tanimoto

First Secretary, Embassy of Japan 

Haru Tsuyukubo   

President and Representative Director, Rolls Royce

Victoria Tuke

Head, Japan, Korea and East Asia Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Takeshi Yamamoto

General Manager, Corporate Planning Division, NEC Corporation

 

 

SECRETARIAT

Gabriele Maletta

UK Secretariat, UK-Japan 21stCentury Group; Japan Society

Hifumi Tajima

Japanese Secretariat, UK-Japan 21st Century Group; Chief Program Officer, 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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