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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

26th Meeting
March 18–21, 2010

The 26th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group brought together 34 participants from the United Kingdom and Japan in London on March 18–21, 2010. The group engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on domestic and international issues affecting both countries and possible avenues for greater collaboration. They explored topics such as the continuing repercussions of the global economic crisis and the resulting impacts on trade and investment. Participants also exchanged views on global and regional security concerns within the context of a shifting world geopolitical structure, as well as the steps necessary to address the threat of climate change in the wake of the recent Copenhagen climate summit.

Outside of the conference, the Japanese delegation met with a series of leaders from diverse sectors of UK society to further explore the state of relations between the two close allies, including Business Secretary Peter Mandelson and Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

After the close of the meeting, the two chairman of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group issued a joint statement reflecting on the lessons learned over the course of the forum.

Agenda

Wednesday, March 17

Dinner hosted by Shin Ebihara, Japanese Ambassador to the UK

Thursday, March 18

Japanese delegation visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Friday, March 19

Session I: Latest Developments in Japan & East Asia

  • Itsunori Onodera, Member of the House of
    Representatives

 

Session II: Latest Developments in UK & Europe

  • Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

 

Saturday, March 20

Session III: The Challenges of Recovering from the Global Economic crisis and its Impact on International Trade, Investment, and Financial Flows

  • Prof. Mark Taylor, Warwick University
  • Naoki Tanaka, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

Session IV: The Changing International Geopolitical Structure and its Impact on Global and Regional Security

  • Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange
  • Dr. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House

Session V: The Agenda on Climate Change after the Copenhagen Summit and the Strategies needed in Response

  • Prof. Lord May, Member of UK government Climate Change Committee and former Chief Scientific Officer     
  • Taizo Yakushiji, Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies

Sunday, February 22

Session VI: Prospects for UK–Japan Relations and Progress in Developing Bilateral Collaboration
  • Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
  • Lord Woolmer, House of Lords