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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

31st Meeting
May 14–18, 2014

The 31st annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened 40 Japanese and British leaders on May 14–18, 2014. On the first day, the UK participants met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which was followed by a lunch hosted by the British ambassador to Japan and a meeting with Ministry of Defense officials to discuss bilateral security relations. The participants then traveled to Hakone, where the entire group gathered to engage in a series of roundtable discussions on issues such as the political and economic challenges facing each country, the global impact of regional issues in East Asia, Japan's efforts to regain trust in its nuclear program, gender diversity in politics and business, collaboration on global health and development, and ways to promote UK-Japan educational exchange.

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


Foreign Minister Kishida welcomes UK-Japan 21st Century Group members

Group members from the UK meet with Prime Minister Abe

Meeting in Hakone



Agenda

Wednesday, May 14

Reception hosted by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Thursday, May 15

UK Board Meeting
Call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Lunch hosted by British Ambassador Tim Hitchens
Meeting at Ministry of Defense on Exploring Opportunities in the UK-Japan Security Relationship

  • Minoru Kihara, Parliamentary Vice–Minister of Defense
  • Masamori Nishi, Administrative Vice-Minister of Defense
  • Jota Yamamoto, Deputy Director, Bureau of Defense Policy, Ministry of Defense

Friday, May 16 (Hakone)

Opening remarks by Co-Chairmen, Yasuhisa Shiozaki and Lord Howard of Lympne

Session 1: Latest Developments in the Japanese Political Situation

  • Toshiaki Miura, Editor-in-Chief, GLOBE, Asahi Shimbun

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Political Situation

  • Lord (Jack) McConnell, Director, UK-Japan 21st Century Group

Session 3: Stimulus or Austerity—Priorities for Sustainable Economic Growth

  • Yasutoshi Nishimura, Senior Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office; Member of the House of Representatives
  • Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, Financial Times

Session 4: Regional Issues for East Asia: the Global Impact

  • Ryosei Kokubun, President, National Defense Academy of Japan
  • Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor/Tokyo Bureau Chief, The Times

Saturday, May 17

Session 5: Regaining Trust and Building Confidence Towards a Comprehensive Nuclear Strategy

  • Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice Director and Professor, Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University; former Vice-Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  • Frank Winter, Vice President, Clean Energy, AMEC

Session 6: Women in Public Life: Gender Diversity in Politics and Business

  • Kiyoko Ikegami, Professor, Nihon University
  • Margot James, Member of Parliament
  • Haruno Yoshida, CEO, BT Japan

Session 7: Initiatives and Collaborations in Global Health for the Developing World

  • Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors
  • Terence Jagger, Chief Executive, Crown Agents

Session 8: Investments for the Next Generation: Promoting UK-Japan Educational Exchanges

  • Yuichiro Anzai, President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Jeff Streeter, Director, British Council, Tokyo

Sunday, May 18

Session 9: Chairmen's Summary Dialogue

  • JAPANESE CHAIRMAN: Yasuhisa Shiozaki
  • UK CHAIRMAN: Lord Howard