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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

20th Meeting
February 6–8, 2004

On February 6–8, 2004, the 20th conference was held in Brocket Hall, UK, under the joint chairmanship of Yasuhisa Shiozaki (member, House of Representatives and former parliamentary vice-minister for finance) and Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson MP (member, House of Commons). Participants shared views on the future direction of bilateral cooperation, political governance, challenges of corporate social responsibility, global governance, and prospects for environmental sustainability. Prior to the conference, the delegation paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Tony Blair, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

Agenda

Thursday, February 5

Courtesy Calls to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development

Friday, February 6

Session I: Economic and Social Developments since 1985: Pointers for Future Bilateral Cooperation

• UK Speaker: Bill Emmott, Editor, The Economist

• Japanese Speaker: Yukio Satoh, President, Japan Institute of International Affairs

Dinner Session

• Guest Speaker: Sir Howard Davies, Director, London School of Economics; former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (F.S.A.)

Saturday, February 7

Session II: Political Governance: Sustaining the Democratic Process

• UK Speaker: Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Politics and Government; Vice Principal, Brasenose College, Oxford

• Japanese Speaker: Hideo Otake, Professor, Kyoto University

Session III: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Challenges facing Large Companies

• UK Speaker: Richard Lambert, former Chief Editor of the Financial Times; Member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee

• Japanese Speaker: Hajime Sasaki, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

Lunch Session: International Trade Negotiations after Cancun

• Guest Speaker: Lord Brittan, Deputy Chairman, UBS; former Vice President European Commission

Session IV: Global Governance: A Unilateral or Multilateral World?

Subthemes:

  • The Role of the UN in International Crises
  • British/Japanese Special Relationships with the US
  • UK/Japan Collaboration in Crisis Management

• UK Speaker: Robert Cooper, Director General (External Economic Relations and CFSP), European Council

• Japanese Speaker: Koji Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

Sunday, February 8

Session V: The Environment: Prospects for Sustainability

• UK Speaker: Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG, former President, Green College, Oxford; former British Ambassador to the United Nations

• Japanese Speaker: Shinji Fukukawa, Advisor, Dentsu Inc.; Advisor, Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute

Concluding Session: Chairmen's Summaries and Recommendations