UK-Japan 21st Century Group | 33rd Conference

October 6–9, 2016
Tokyo

The 33rd annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in Japan on October 6–9. The UK delegation began their visit in Tokyo with a briefing from the UK Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens, followed by a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In the evening, they were joined by the Japanese delegation for a reception hosted by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

The group—comprised of politicians, journalists, businesspeople, and scholars— then moved to Kisarazu, where they held in-depth discussions on a broad range of issues that affect the two countries and their relationship, including the implications of Brexit, East Asia security affairs, the implications of aging societies, energy and climate change, “womenomics,” and international development cooperation in Africa.

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

October 6

Luncheon
Hosted by British Ambassador Tim Hitchens

Reception 
Hosted by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

October 7

Session 1: Latest Developments in Japanese Politics and the Economy
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

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy: The Implications of Brexit
Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times
Lord Lansley, House of Lords
Lord McConnell, House of Lords

Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
Haruki Hayashi, Executive Vice President, Regional CEO, Europe & Africa, Mitsubishi Corporation; Managing Director, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) PLC
Kenichi Hosomi, Managing Director and General Manager, Planning Department, International Banking Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Session 3: East Asian Security and UK-Japan Security Dialogue and Cooperation
Yuji Miyamoto, Chairman, Miyamoto Institute of Asian Research; Former Ambassador of Japan to the People’s Republic of China
Dr. John Nilsson-Wright, Senior Lecturer, Cambridge University and Head of Asia Program at Chatham House

After-Dinner Speaker on ‘The US Presidential Election and Its Ramifications’
Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tokyo 

October 8

Session 4: Coping with Aging Societies and Demographic Change
Lord Lansley
Yasuhisa Shiozaki

Session 5: Energy, the Environment and Climate Change: Challenges for the Future
Martin Wenban, Vice President, Strategic Nuclear Programs, Amec Foster Wheeler
Jun Arima, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

Session 6: Womenomics: Realizing the Potential of Womens’ Entrepreneurship
Sakie Tachibana Fukushima, President & Representative Director, G&&S Global Advisors, Inc.
Lisa Cameron, Member of Parliament

Session 7: Forces for Good: International Development Cooperation in Africa
David Richardson, CEO, Crown Agents
Akihiko Tanaka, Professor, University of Tokyo; former President, Japan International Cooperation Agency

After-Dinner Speaker on Global Health Challenges”
Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors & Phillipe Fauchet, President & Representative Director, GlaxoSmithKline K.K. 

October 9

Session 8: Chairmen’s Summary Dialogue

 

UK PARTICIPANTS

LORD (ANDREW) LANSLEY

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

SARAH BIRKE

Tokyo Bureau Chief, Economist

DR LISA CAMERON

Member of Parliament (Scottish National Party)

PROF MARIE CONTE-HELM

UK Executive Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

PHILLIP FAUCHET

President & Representative Director, The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

BARONESS (SUE) GARDEN

House of Lords

LORI HENDERSON

Executive Director, The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

TIM HITCHENS

British Ambassador to Japan

LORD (JACK) MCCONNELL

House of Lords

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

PHILIP STEPHENS

Associate Editor, Financial Times

HARUHIKO TSUYUKUBO

President, Rolls Royce Japan

DEBRA VALENTINE

Group Executive, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Rio Tino

SIR DAVID WARREN

Chairman, Japan Society, and former UK Ambassador to Japan

MARTIN WENBAN

Vice President, Strategic Nuclear Programs, Amec Foster Wheeler

 

 

JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

YASUHISA SHIOZAKI

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

JUN ARIMA

Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

HARUKI HAYASHI

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

KENICHI HOSOMI

Managing Director and General Manager, Planning Department, International Banking Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; General Manager of Global Business Planning Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

ERIKO KAWAI

Professor, Kyoto University

FUMIAKI KUBO

Professor, University of Tokyo

SEIJI MAEHARA

Member of the House of Representatives (DP)

YUJI MIYAMOTO

Chairman, Miyamoto Institute of Asian Research; Vice President of Japan-China Friendship Center; Former Ambassador of Japan to People’s Republic of China

MAMI MITZUTORI

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

JUNYA OGAWA

Member of the House of Representatives (DP)

AKIO OKAWARA

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

WATARU SAWAMURA

Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun

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

KEISUKE SUZUKI

Member of the House of Representatives (LDP)

YASUO TANABE

Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

AKIHIKO TANAKA

Professor, University of Tokyo, former President, Japan International Cooperation Agency

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

HIROYUKI TAKAI

President and CEO, Sumitomo Corporation Global Research Co, Ltd.

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)

 

 

OBSERVERS

JOSEPH EGERTON

First Secretary, Economic Section, British Embassy Tokyo

KYOKO KOTAI

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

HIROSHI KUMAGAE

Senior Advisor, Crown Agents Japan

MANABU MIYAGAWA

Deputy Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

GREG MULHEIRN

Political Counsellor, British Embassy Tokyo

MOTOKO NAKAYAMA

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

EIICHI SHIMIZU

Manager, Department of Business Planning, Crown Agents Japan

YUKA TASUNO

Senior Political Officer, Political Section, British Embassy Tokyo

DAISUKE YAMABATA

Vice President, Strategic Planning Group, Planning Department, International Banking Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

 

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