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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

24th Meeting
March 27-30, 2008

Held in the UK on March 27-30, over thirty leaders took part in the 24th UK-Japan 21st Century Group forum. Starting the program off the participants met with UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband. The participants then engaged in a series of roundtables on international economics, domestic and regional developments, climate change, and UK-Japan cooperation on African development.

Agenda

Thursday, March 27

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia

Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Friday, March 28

Session II: Latest Development in the UK & Europe

Rt. Hon Denis MacShane MP, former Minister for Europe

Session III: The Growth of Asian Developing Economies: How this may affect the strategic interests of the UK and Japan

Japan

Ambassador Yoshiyasu Sato, former Ambassador to Beijing

UK

Philip Stephens, Associate Editor & Senior Commentator, Financial Times

Session IV: International Development: Challenges for the UK and Japan in their development assistance effort in Africa and other areas

Japan

Masaki Miyaji, Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation

UK

Paul Batchelor, Chairman, Crown Agents

Saturday, March 29

Session V: Climate Change

Japan

Taizo Yakushiji, Cabinet Council for Science & Technology Policy

UK

Simon Buckle, Director of Climate Policy, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London