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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

25th Meeting
February 19–22, 2009

Twenty-eight British and Japanese leaders took part in the 25th UK-Japan 21st Century Group forum, which was held in Japan on February 19–22. At the start of the program, the participants met with Prime Minister of Japan Taro Aso. The participants then engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on issues such as domestic and regional developments in each country, the global implications of the start of the Obama Administration in the United States, the international financial crisis, and opportunities for cooperation on energy and the environment. At the end of the forum, a joint statement was released that reflected on the twenty-five year anniversary of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.

Agenda

Thursday, February 19

Reception hosted by Mr Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Friday, February 20

Meeting with Prime Minister Taro Aso

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia

Japan

Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

Saturday, February 21

Session II: Latest Developments in UK & Europe

UK

Bill Emmott, Writer, Speaker and Consultant on International Affairs; Former Editor, The Economist

Session III: The Implications of the Election of a New US President for Global Governance

Japan

Masayuki Tadokoro, Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

UK

Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Session IV: Dealing with the Financial Crisis in the Changing Global Economic Structure

Japan

Yoshiji Nogami, President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs; Executive Advisor, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Limited

UK

Mark Taylor, Professor of International Finance and Macroeconomics, Warwick University

Sunday, February 22

Session V: Common Challenges of Energy and Environment

Japan

Hajime Sasaki, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation

UK

Jon Gibbins, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London