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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

21st Meeting
March 10–13, 2005

The 21st Annual Meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was held in Tokyo and Nagoya from March 10–13, 2005. The meeting was chaired by Hon.Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Member of the House of Representatives, (Japan Co-Chairman), and Rt. Hon. Dr. Jack Cunningham MP, (UK Co-Chairman).

In Tokyo the group members met with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who stressed the importance of maintaining strong UK-Japan relations and expressed his gratitude for the role that the group played in securing British participation in the Aichi World Expo.

The group discussed a number of global issues that provide the UK and Japan with opportunities for closer cooperation. Those topics include: support for the poorest countries in Africa; combating communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; the challenges of balancing economic development with protection of the environment; and promoting cooperation among various sectors in both countries, especially through the promotion of civil society organizations.

Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, hosted a reception for the delegation, and the group visited the Aichi World Expo in Nagoya.

Agenda

Thursday, March 10

Reception hosted by Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

Friday, March 11

Session I: Briefing on Japan in East Asia

• Teruaki Aoki, Corporate Executive Vice President, Sony Corporation

• Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Member of the House of Representatives

Meeting with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Luncheon hosted by British Ambassador to Japan Graham Fry

Session II: Briefing on the United Kingdom in the European Union

• Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Director, Royal Institute for International Affairs

Saturday, March 12

Session III: Responding to the Challenges of Global Governance

  1. Promoting the alliance relationship with the U.S. after the Bush reelection
  2. Enhancing the role of the United Nations
  3. Strengthening UK-Japan cooperation in responding to global challenges

• Masashi Nishihara, President, National Defense Academy

• Sir Stephen Gomersall, former Ambassador to Japan

Session IV: The New Challenges of International Energy Security and UK-Japan Cooperation

  1. Reducing energy dependence on the Middle East
  2. Improvement of energy efficiency

• Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman, Central Japan Railway Company

• Lord Howell, former Secretary of State for Energy; President of British Institute of Energy Economists

• Neville Chamberlain, Chairman, URENCO

Session V: Promoting Nature's Wisdom—Balancing Development with Protection of Environment

• Hajime Sasaki, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

• Bill Emmott, Editor, The Economist

Sunday, March 13

Session VI: The Rise of China and Its Economic and Security Implications for the International Order

• Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councilors

• Seiji Maehara, Member, House of Representatives

• Sir John Boyd, Master, Churchill College; Chairman, Governors of British Museum

Concluding Session: Chairmen's Summaries and Recommendations

Tour of the Aichi World EXPO (Nagoya)