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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

28th Meeting
May 19–22, 2011

The 28th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group was convened in London on May 19–22, 2011. Thirty-two senior Japanese and British figures attended the meeting, where they discussed areas for potential greater collaboration between Japan and the United Kingdom, such as emerging global political and security issues as well as the challenges faced by both countries in responding to fiscal pressures and competition from the emerging economies. The devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and the international ramifications of the disaster also featured heavily in the discussions. The Japanese delegation had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, and their discussions further stressed the importance of reinvigorating UK-Japan relations to meet the challenges of the Japanese disaster and other international challenges.

Outside of the meeting’s formal sessions, the Japanese participants spoke to several leaders from the British government to continue the dialogue on opportunities for collaboration between the two countries in various areas, including Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills Vince Cable and Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.

Following the forum, a joint statement was issued detailing the findings and recommendations of the participants.

Agenda

Thursday, May 19

Japanese delegation to meet Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street

Foreign and Commonwealth Office reception

Friday, May 20

Breakfast Meeting with Mr. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, and
Mr. Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

 

Session I: Latest developments in UK and Europe

  • Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

 

Session II: Latest developments in Japan and East Asia

  • Taizo Yakushiji, Research Counselor, Institute for International Policy Studies

 

Saturday, May 21

Session II continued: The Japanese tsunami and its consequences

 

Session III: How well are the West and Japan responding to the new global political and security challenges?

  • Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
  • Chris Hughes, Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies, Warwick University

 

Session IV: Challenges for British and Japanese Economic policy in coping with fiscal pressures and competition from the emerging economies

  • Bill Emmott, Writer and consultant on international affairs
  • Naoki Tanaka, President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

 

Sunday, May 22

Session V: Prospects for UK–Japan relations and progress in developing bilateral collaboration

  • Lord Teverson, House of Lords (Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Yuichi Hosoya, Professor, Keio University