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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

16th Meeting
March 3-5, 2000

The 16th Group Conference was held on March 3-5, 2000, at the Warren House in Kingston-upon-Thames in England. Thirty-six of the Group's members discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation on economic and security issues, as well as the common challenges facing the countries, such as enviornmental degradation in Europe and Asia, and the social and economic impact of the information technology (IT) revolution.

Agenda

Friday, March 3

Session I: UK and Japanese Political and Economic Development

Speakers:

• Martin Taylor, Chairman of W.H Smith plc; Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

• Hideo Otake, Professor, Kyoto University

• Tadahiro Sekimoto, Senior Member of the Board, NEC Corporation

• Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Saturday, March 4

Session II: Demography, Health, and Retirement
  • The effects of aging populations and declining family cohesion
  • Health issues

Speakers:

• Lord Laming, Former Chief Inspector, Social Services, Department of Health

• Robin Rowland, International Adviser, Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group plc; Adviser, LinksJapan

• Shinji Fukukawa, Chief Executive Officer, Dentsu Institute for Human Studies

Session III: New Economic Challenges

E-commerce and the growth of the Internet

  • The effect on work patterns and unemployment
  • Regulation and control issues
  • The role of education and retraining in handling unemployment

Speakers:

• Jim Norton, Head of Electronic Business, Institute of Directors and E-Commerce Adviser to the Cabinet Office

• Sir Alan Budd, Provost of the Queen's College, Oxford

• Kiyoshi Yamakawa, Corporate Adviser, Sony Corporation; Chairman of Working Party on E-Commerce of EU/Japan Business Round Table

Sunday, March 5

Session IV: Bilateral Relations and Communiqué