UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 37th Conference

September 11–12, 2020
Online
The 37th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was scheduled to be held in Japan this year, but due to the travel restrictions in both countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was instead held online with the participation of 20 members from each country.

The group—comprised of politicians, journalists, businesspeople, and scholars—held in-depth discussions on the latest political and economic developments in each country, the post-pandemic international order, prospects for trade and investment following the pandemic, and building capacity and confidence in global governance.

A summary of discussions and recommendations was prepared by the co-chairs to be presented to their respective governments, and will be available on this page shortly.

Friday 11 September

Opening Remarks by Yasuhisa Shiozaki and Lord Lansley

Session 1: Latest Developments in Japanese Politics and the Economy 

MODERATOR: Yasuhisa Shiozaki
JAPANESE SPEAKER:  Hiroyuki Akita, Commentator, Nikkei Inc. 

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy

MODERATOR: Lord Lansley

UK SPEAKER: Philip Stephens, Director, Financial Times
Editorial Board

Session 3: The World Order After the Pandemic 

MODERATOR: Yasuhisa Shiozaki
JAPANESE SPEAKER: Koji Tsuruoka, former Japanese Ambassador to UK
UK SPEAKER: Tom Tugenhadt MP, Chair of the House of
Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Saturday 12 September

Session 4:  The Prospects for Trade and Investment Following the Pandemic

MODERATOR: Lord Lansley
UK SPEAKER:  Mr Philip Rycroft, Former Permanent Secretary,  Department for Exiting the EU
JAPANESE SPEAKER:  Isao Kano, Senior Advisor, Internal Audit Dept., Corporate Staff Section, Mitsubishi Corporation

Session 5: Building Capacity and Confidence in Global Governance             

MODERATOR: Yasuhisa Shiozaki
JAPANESE SPEAKER: Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councilors
UK SPEAKER:  Lord (Jack) McConnell, Member of the House of
Lords

Closing Remarks by Yasuhisa Shiozaki and Lord Lansley

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

Mr Yasuhisa Shiozaki

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

Mr Masatomi Akana

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

Mr Hiroyuki Akita

Commentator, Nikkei Shimbun

Mr Akinari Horii

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

Ms Kaori Iida

Senior Editor, Morning News Program, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Mr Hitoshi Ito

Vice President and Executive Officer, Government & External Relations Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

Mr Isao Kano

Senior Advisor, Internal Audit Dept., Corporate Staff Section, Mitsubishi Corporation

Ms Karen Makishima

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

Mr Hidehiro Mitani

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

H.E. Nasumasa Yagamine

Japanese Ambassador to UK

Mr Keiichiro Nakamura

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

Mr Mitsunari Okamoto

Member of the House of Representatives (New Komeito)

Mr Akio Okawara

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

Mr Masahiko Oshima

Deputy President and Head of Global Banking, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Prof Ryo Sahashi

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

Ms Tokiko Shimizu

Assistant Governor, Bank of Japan

Mr Kaname Tajima

Member of the House of Representatives (Independent/a member of parliamentary group of the CDR)

Ms Maiko Tajima

Member of the House of Councillors (CDR)

Mr Keizo Takemi

Member of the House of Councillors (LDP)

Mr Koji Tsuruoka

Former Japanese Ambassador to UK

UK PARTICIPANTS

Lord (Andrew) Lansley 

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

Baroness (Elizabeth) Barker

House of Lords (Liberal Democratic Party)

Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Member of Parliament (Scottish National Party)

Lord (Jack) Cunningham

House of Lords (Labour Party)

Mr Alan Donnelly

Executive Chairman, Sovereign Strategy 

Mr Philippe Fauchet

Founder, Mirasense Partners

Mr David Fitton

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Lord (Jack) McConnell

House of Lords (Labour Party)

H.E. Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Mr Alan Mak MP

Member of Parliament (Conservative Party)

Dr John Nilsson-Wright

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

Ms Sarah Owen MP

Member of Parliament (Labour Party)

Mr David Richardson

Non Executive Director, Crown Agents

Mr Philip Rycroft

Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the EU

Mr Philip Stephens

Director, Financial Times Editorial Board

Mr Nigel Talboys   

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

Mr Tom Tugenhadt MP

Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee (Conservative Party)

Sir David Warren

Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Sir David Wright

Chairman, Japan Market Advisory Group, TheCityUK

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