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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

19th Meeting
February 14-16, 2003

The 19th Group Conference was convened in Kamakura, Japan, on February 14-16, 2003. Participants shared views on economic cooperation and developments in Asia and Europe, the role of science and technology in future economic growth, and the potential for cooperation between NGOs in both countries in addressing global challenges. They also met with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Agenda

Friday, February 14

Session I: Developments in Japan and Asia and Developments in the UK and Europe

Speakers:

• Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors

• Seiji Maehara, Member, House of Representatives

• Lord Burns, Chairman, Abbey National plc

Saturday, February 15

Session II: Regional Economic Cooperation

Speakers:

• Koji Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Executive Advisor, Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)

• Richard Portes, Professor of Economics, London Business School and President, Centre for Economic Policy Research

Session III: The Role of Science and Technology in Generating Future Economic Growth

Speakers:

• Teruaki Aoki, Corporate Executive Vice President, Sony Corporation

• Tidu Maini, Pro Rector, Development and Corporate Affairs, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London

Working Dinner: New Security Challenges in East Asia

Speaker:

• Masashi Nishihara, President, National Defense Academy

Sunday, February 16

Session IV: The Role of Universities in Society

Speakers:

• Takeshi Sasaki, President, University of Tokyo

• Sir Colin Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham University

Session V: Cooperation of NGOs of UK and Japan in Addressing Global Challenges

Speakers:

• Hiroshi Tomita, Executive Director and Secretary General, Japan Alliance for Humanitarian Demining Support (JAHDS)

• Jenny Borden, Chair, Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG); Former International Director, Christian Aid and Non-Executive Director, Crown Agents

Concluding Luncheon