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UK-Japan 21st Century Group

34th Meeting
September 7–10, 2017

The 34th annual meeting of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group convened in the UK on September 7–10, 2017, in London and Cambridge. The Japanese delegation began its visit in London with a courtesy call on Prime Minister Theresa May and a reception and lunch discussion hosted by the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK. The group—comprised of politicians, journalists, businesspeople, and scholars—then moved to Cambridge, where they held in-depth discussions on a broad range of issues, including the latest political and economic developments in each country, global institutions and the rule of law, the implications of Brexit for UK-Japan trade and investment, defense and security issues, higher education, and the opportunities presented by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for UK-Japan collaboration.

JCIE co-organizes the UK-Japan 21st Century Group with the Japan Society of the UK in London.

Agenda

Thursday, September 7

Reception and Luncheon hosted by Japan Society and JCCI. Discussion chaired by Sir David Warren.

Meeting with Prime Minister

Reception hosted by the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Dinner hosted by Ambassador Tsuruoka

Friday, September 8

Session 1: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy

  • Philip Collins, columnist and leader writer, The Times

Session 2: Latest Developments in UK Politics and the Economy: The Implications of Brexit

  • Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Managing Executive, Nikkei Inc
  • Tokiko Shimizu, General Manager for Europe and Chief Representative in London, Bank of Japan

Session 3: Global Institutions and the Rule of Law: Working Together to Meet International Obligations

  • Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
  • Hitoshi Tanaka, Chairman, Institute for International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute Ltd

After-Dinner Speaker

  • Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn      College, Cambridge, former BBC Editorial Director

Saturday, September 9

Session 4: UK-Japan Trade and Investment Relations in the Post-Brexit Era

  • Chris Leslie MP and Oliver Dowden MP
  • Tetsuro Imaeda, Managing Executive Officer and Head of EMEA Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Chief Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.

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

  • Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

  • Prof Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI

Session 6: UK-Japan Research and Strategic Partnerships in the Higher Education Sector

  • Dame Julia Goodfellow, immediate past President, Universities UK
  • Yuichiro Anzai, President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Session 7: Tokyo 2020: Opportunities for UK-Japan Collaboration in Planning for the Future

  • David Grevemberg, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Kuniko Obinata, Vice-Chairperson, Paralympians Association of Japan

After-Dinner Speaker

  • The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

Sunday, September 10

Session 8: Chairmen's Summary Dialogue

Session 9: Conclusions and Recommendations