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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

The UK-Japan 21st Century Group (formerly the UK-Japan 2000 Group) was launched in 1985 at the joint recommendation of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone. It is a coalition of private sector, public sector, and civil society leaders from both countries that aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between the two countries. JCIE serves as the secretariat in Japan and Japan Society of the United Kingdom in London acts as its British counterpart.

The group's primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for increasing the level of mutual understanding and awareness of the political, economic, and social environments in each country. Members of the group, representing industry, finance, academia, the media, and government, meet annually in conferences held alternately in England and Japan. The conferences address a wide range of issues facing the two countries, including educational and cultural exchange, global security systems, investment and development, and policies for coping with aging societies. Following each of the group's meetings, a summary report and recommendations are submitted to the prime ministers of both countries.

Recent Conferences:

33rd Conference

(Tokyo and Kisarazu, Japan), October 6–9, 2016

32nd Conference

(London and Ditchley Park, UK), September 3–6, 2015

31st Conference

(Tokyo and Hakone, Japan), May 14–18, 2014

30th Conference

(South Wales, UK), May 1–6, 2013

29th Conference

(Tokyo, Japan), May 2326, 2012

28th Conference

(London, UK), May 1922, 2011

27th Conference

(Tokyo and Karuizawa), October 2124, 2010

26th Conference

(London, UK), March 18–21, 2010

25th Conference

(Tokyo and Odawara), February 1922, 2009

24th Conference

(London, UK), March 2730, 2008

23rd Conference

(Tokyo, Japan), February 810, 2007

22nd Conference

(Ware, Hertfordshire, UK), March 1618, 2006

21st Conference

(Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan), March 1013, 2005

20th Conference

(Brocket Hall, England), February 68, 2004

19th Conference

(Kamakura, Japan), February 1416, 2003

18th Conference

(Ditchley Park, England), February 2124, 2002

17th Conference

(Tokyo and Awaji Island, Japan), February 1518, 2001

16th Conference

(Kingston-upon-Thames, England), March 35, 2000

15th Conference

(Kisarazu, Japan), March 57, 1999