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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

23rd Meeting
February 8-10, 2007

The 23rd annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was held in Tokyo on February 8–10, 2007 under the joint chairmanship of Yasuhisa Shiozaki (member, House of Representatives and Chief Cabinet Secretary), and Jack Cunningham (member, House of Commons). Thirty-six leaders from the two countries discussed a number of domestic and global issues where closer bilateral cooperation could be especially effective, ranging from global security challenges to climate change. The UK group members met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who stressed the importance of further deepening of UK-Japan cooperation.

Agenda

Thursday, February 8

Session I: Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities of Japan

Yukio Satoh, President, Japan Institute International Affairs

Fumihiko Yoshida, Editorial Writer, Asahi Shimbun

Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Chief Cabinet Secretary

Lord Cunningham, House of Lords

Friday, February 9

Session II: Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities of the UK

Jennifer Borden (International Development), former International Director, Christian Aid

Mike Gapes, Chairman, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons

Session III: Global Security: The Challenges facing the UK and Japan

Japan

Masashi Nishihara, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

UK

Michael Clarke, Director, International Policy Institute, Kings College, London

Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Reception hosted by Takeshi Iwaya, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

Saturday, February 10

Session IV: Emerging East Asia and corporate responses of UK and Japan – Cooperation or competition?

Japan

Yukari Takamura, Professor, Ryukoku University

UK

Lord Woolmer, House of Lords

Dinner hosted by British Ambassador Sir Graham Fry