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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

18th Meeting
February 21-24, 2002

The 18th Group Conference was held on February 21-24, 2002, in Ditchley Park, UK, under the joint chairmanship of Yasuhisa Shiozaki (member, House of Representatives and former parliamentary vice-minister for finance) and the Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson MP (member, House of Commons). Approximately 40 participants discussed UK-Japan relations, international affairs after September 11, approaches to common challenges such as the provision of welfare and other public services, and the contribution of technology to sustainable development.

Agenda

Friday, February 22

Session I: The Political and Economic Environment in the UK and Japan

Speakers:

• Philip Stephens, Financial Times

• Takashi Kiuchi, Economic Advisor, Shinsei Bank

• Fumihiko Yoshida, Editorial Writer, The Asahi Shimbun

Saturday, February 23

Session II: The Provision of Welfare and Public Services: Striking an Appropriate Balance Between the Government and the Private Sector

Speakers:

• Michael Barber, Prime Minister's Chief Adviser on Delivery, Prime Minister's Delivery Unit

• Mikiko Eto, Professor of Political Science, Hosei University

Session III: Redefining Global Order in the Post-September 11 Era—The Superpower Role of the United States, the Position of Japan and the UK, and the Relationship with China and Russia

Speakers:

• John Lloyd, Associate Editor, New Statesman

• Koji Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

Sunday, February 16

Session IV: The Contribution of Science and Technology to Sustainable Development and the Application of Environmental Technology to Industry

Speakers:

• Jacqueline McGlade, University College London, Natural Environment Research Council

• Tatsujiro Suzuki, Senior Research Scientist, Socio-economic Research Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry