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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

32nd Meeting
September 3–6, 2015

The 32nd annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in London and Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, on September 3-6, 2015. A total of 34 senior Japanese and British leaders attended the meeting, where they engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on issues such as the political and economic challenges facing each country, Europe and the Eurozone, climate change and energy policy issues, defense and security challenges, social security issues, and UK-Japan collaboration in science & technology innovation.

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


Agenda

Thursday, September 3

Reception and Luncheon meeting at Cavalry & Guards Club hosted by Japan Society and JCCI. Discussion to be chaired by Sir Graham Fry, British Ambassador to Japan, 2004-2008.
Evening reception at Locarno Suite, Foreign & Commonwealth Office - hosted by Lord Maude, Minister of State for Trade & Industry

Dinner for Directors/conference delegates to be hosted by Ambassador Hayashi

Friday, September 4

Session 1: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy

  • Philip Stephens, Associate Editor, The Financial Times

Session 2: Latest Developments in Japanese Politics and the Economy

  • Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Senior Diplomatic Writer, Nikkei Shimbun

Session 3: The Future of Europe and the Eurozone

  • Bill Emmott, writer/consultant and former Editor, The Economist
  • Shigeto Nagai, Director-General, International Department, Bank of Japan

After-Dinner Speaker

  • Debra Valentine, Rio Tinto on 'International Trade and the Global Economy'

Saturday, September 5

Session 4: Climate Change and Energy Policy Issues for the UK and Japan

  • Samir Brikho, Chief Executive, AMEC plc
  • Yukari Takamura, Professor of International Law, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University

Session 5: Defence and Security Challenges for the UK and Japan

  • Tom Tugendhat MP
  • Shinichi Kitaoka, President, International University

Session 6: Opportunities for UK-Japan Collaboration in Science & Technology Innovation

  • Yasuo Tanabe, Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Ltd
  • Haruhiko Tsuyukubo, President, Rolls-Royce Japan Co Ltd

Session 7: Approaches to Social Security Issues in the UK and Japan

  • Toshio Imabeppu, Director-General for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Margot James MP

Sunday, September 6

Session 8: Chairmen's Summary Dialogue