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Wednesday 8 June 2016, Furniture Maker’s Hall

For their third joint lunch of 2016, the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK welcomed Lord Mandelson, former European Union Trade Commissioner and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and founder of strategic advisory firm, Global Counsel.

Lord Mandelson spoke about the forthcoming EU referendum as a board member of the official Remain campaign, as well as about trade policy, economic integration and free trade agreements between independent markets. He considered these issues from the perspective of Japanese companies looking out to Europe from London, and touched upon EU-Japan and UK-Japan trade relations, drawing on his experience at the heart of the European Commission, when he was part of the 2008 EU-Japan Summit.

Lord Mandelson has spoken extensively about the potential trade implications of Brexit. A transcript of a speech given to the EEF Manufacturers’ Association in November 2015 is available here, and a recent article for the Guardian is available here.

Lord Mandelson is Chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He became President of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015. This non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International.


Wednesday 25 June 2014                      5.00 for 5.30pm

Fasken Martineau
17 Hanover Square
London W1S 1HU

Free to Fasken Martineau clients, APTN annual supporters and Japan Society members
(see the APTN website for non-member prices)

Book via email here (please put ‘Japan Society member booking’ as the email subject line)

Booking deadline – Monday 23 June

In the current economic climate, the costs of developing and growing new businesses in Japan are often prohibitively high. This is offset by the fact that many intellectual properties are already protected in Japan, but an ongoing focus on basic – rather than applied – research in Japan has brought many Japanese companies to the UK to work with British SMEs and universities in developing new business. The R&D carried out in British research labs has led in many cases to great commercial success, and the speakers will present in which business areas it has happened and the processes and reasons behind this.

To examine the current state of R&D collaboration between Japanese companies and their British research labs as well as the British companies that support them, the Japan Society is delighted to support the Asia-Pacific Technology Network in presenting three case studies of Japanese companies who have benefited from conducting R&D operations in the UK. As well as Oxford’s Sharp Labs Europe, whose development of LCD-related technologies, including 3D displays, has generated great success, representatives from Hitachi’s Transport, Energy & Environment Laboratory (TEEL) and Kratos Analytical Ltd, a Shimadzu Group company in the UK will also provide their perspective.

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Asia-Pacific Technology Network



Thursday 22 May 2014                                     6.00pm

MidCity Place
71 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AL

£12 for members of Japan Society & JCCI and those introduced by JETRO
£18 for non members (please send payment with booking)

Booking essential
Book online here

Booking deadline – Monday 19 May

In November 2013, Japan passed legislation allowing Japanese registered shipping companies to deploy privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) with firearms aboard Japanese-flagged vessels when passing through piracy hotspots in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. It brings Japan’s registered shipping industry closer into line with practices increasingly being adopted by the rest of the world, when shipping passes through areas at high risk to piracy.

Maritime security is a global issue, which affects all nations with merchant fleets; London, as the centre of the global insurance and maritime legal industries, has a particular relevance and expertise in this area. A panel discussion will consider the wider global issues of maritime security, defence against and the prevention of piracy and other forms of maritime criminality and the relevant legal financial protective and remedial measures. It will look in particular at the ramifications of the recent Japanese legislation for a  shipping industry which caters to energy-dependent Japan’s needs. The speakers will also focus on the evolving nature of piracy and other criminal activity at sea, and the countermeasures that can be put in place by both governments and the private sector. With contributions from the private maritime security sector, law firms, the Japanese Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and others, this is a chance to debate this key development with a diverse panel of experts.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.

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Wednesday 14 May 2014                      12.30 for 1.00pm

The Caledonian Club
9 Halkin St
London SW1X 7DR

£60 per head for members of the Japan Society, the JCCI and their guests

Booking essential – book online here
Booking deadline – Monday 12 May

For their second joint lunch of 2014, the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK are delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

The next eighteen months may prove to be a tumultuous period in British politics. The European Parliament elections on 22 May could fundamentally change the way that the UK relates to the EU. Debate surrounding the Scottish independence referendum in September is steadily intensifying, with both sides refusing to back down from their stated aims, and as next year’s general election draws closer, the major political parties and others are beginning to assert their differences to gain and maintain votes.

As one of the ‘Quad’ of high-ranking figures in the coalition, and as the second-highest-ranking Liberal Democrat in government, Danny Alexander is qualified to speak on all of these matters and more.

Danny Alexander was elected to Parliament as the MP for Inverness, Nairn, and Badenoch & Strathspey in 2005. Prior to assuming his current role in June 2010 he acted as Secretary of State for Scotland (2010), Chief of Staff to Nick Clegg (2008-2010) and Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions (2007-2008). Before being elected to Parliament Mr Alexander had worked in communications for Cairngorms National Park Authority (2004-2005), Britain in Europe (1999-2004) and the European Movement (1996-1999). He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics St Anne’s College, Oxford (1990).

Following a two-course lunch, Alexander will speak for about 20 minutes, after which there will be time for questions until 2.30pm.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.

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Thursday 1 May 2014            8.30 for 9.00am

Institute of Directors
116 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5ED

Free of charge

Register here

The Japanese Government intends to double foreign direct investment by 2020. In order to meet this target, the Prime Minister and Cabinet members are enthusiastically promoting inward investment in cooperation with local government.

This seminar will highlight and promote different regions of Japan by featuring local prefectural governors and mayors. There will be discussion around the changes to implementing inward investment promotion as well as the predominating factors of each region, local business environment and the latest incentives. Also, a UK company will talk about their fortunes and business chance in Japan and Sir David Warren, Chairman of the Japan Society, will touch upon the latest economic trends and projections. Through the various and diverse regions, we are excited about this opportunity to update you on the charms of Japan and possibilities regarding investing there.

8.30-9.00am  Registration

9.00-9.30am  Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech: Mr Norihiko Ishiguro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

9.30-11.00am  Session 1, with elected governors and mayors from Yokohama, Kobe, Fukuoka and the Japan Society

11.00-11.20am  Coffee break

11.20am-12.30pm  Session 2, with elected governors and mayors from Mie Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Business Link Japan

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Friday 21 March 2014                12.30 for 1.00pm

The National Liberal Club
Whitehall Place
London SW1A 2HE

£50 per head for members of the Japan Society, the JCCI and their guests

Booking essential – book online here
Booking deadline – Wednesday 19 March

The Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK are delighted to welcome Dr Takafumi Sato, President of Tokyo Stock Exchange Regulation, as the guest of honour at their first joint lunch of 2014.

In the wake of financial scandals affecting markets across the world, and as Tokyo strengthens its position as a world financial centre, the role of the independent self-regulatory arm of the Tokyo Stock Exchange becomes increasingly important. In summer 2013, the 1,100 companies which previously traded only on the Osaka Stock Exchange were merged into the TSE, making it the third largest bourse by number of companies listed.  TSE Regulation specialises in the self-regulation of financial instruments exchanges comprised of listing examination, listed company compliance, market surveillance, and participant examination and inspection. It operates independently of the exchange market operators. Dr Sato’s career in financial regulation and oversight makes him particularly well-qualified to speak on this crucial area of business.

Takafumi Sato joined the Ministry of Finance in 1973, and has served as a Japanese government official for almost forty years. Before taking up his current position in June 2013, he was Professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University (2010-2012), and Commissioner of Japan’s Financial Services Agency (2007-2009). He has read Economics at Nagoya University (PhD, 2002), the University of Oxford (MPhil, 1977), and Hitotsubashi University (BA, 1973).

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.

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Thursday 13 February 2014             9.15am – 1.00pm

Joseph Gaggero Hall
Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LE

Free to attend

Book online via the Chatham House website

Japan is facing deep changes in its demographic structure: an increasingly aged population and a low birth rate are forcing authorities to rethink the long-term sustainability of the country’s domestic welfare and healthcare systems. New high-tech healthcare industries with an emphasis on age-related diseases, an emphasis on increasing the birth rate, and a pension system reform are all options being explored by the current government. This will no doubt be impacted by the negotiations with Europe on an FTA, which will potentially open up these traditionally protectionist sectors. This roundtable will explore these intertwined issues and will seek to identify policy measures to enhance the sustainability of the welfare system and the competitiveness of this vital sector.


9.15 – 9.30am   Welcome and registration

9.30 – 9.35am   Opening remarks
Paola Subacchi, Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House

9.35 – 10.00am   Keynote speech
Tateaki Ishida, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings Inc.

10.00 – 11.20am   Session 1 – The  impact  of  Japan’s  demographic  and  fiscal challenge  on  its healthcare, pharmaceutical  and  medical  equipment  market, new  policy  on  age-related diseases and industrial strategy: A comparison with Europe, the USA and Asia

11.20 – 11.40am Coffee break

11.40am – 12.55pm   Session 2 – Turning Japan into the most attractive and open market for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical equipment and ICT policy and industry – A comparison with those of the UK and Europe:  Expanding opportunities and challenges through private initiatives and EU-Japan collaboration including FTAs

12.55 – 1.00pm   Closing remarks
Sir Stephen Gomersall, KCMG, British Ambassador to Japan (1999-2004); Director,and Group Chairman, Europe, Hitachi, ltd.

For more information, please contact International Economics at Chatham House

Supported by:
Japan External Trade Organization, Daiwa Capital Markets, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Astra Zeneca, Hitachi and the Development Bank of Japan

Assisted by:
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan Society


Thursday 30 January 2014                              6.00 for 6.30pm

Simmons & Simmons LLP
One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9SS

Free for Japan Society members and their guests

Booking essential
Booking deadline – Tuesday 28 January

Lord Deighton, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and former CEO of LOCOG, will speak at a Japan Society Forum. In this lecture, he will share his insights on London’s experiences during the run-up to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and discuss lessons which can be passed to the 2020 Games organisers in Japan.

Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Games proved successful in the summer of 2013, at a time when the triumphs and challenges of the 2012 Games were still fresh in the British consciousness. Lord Deighton’s experiences at the head of a workforce of six thousand – not to mention its seventy thousand volunteers and 100,000 contractors – mean that his talk will be of great relevance and interest both to individual members of the Japan Society, and to those corporations looking to Tokyo’s winning bid as an opportunity for investment in a recovering economy.

One of Lord Deighton’s key responsibilities as a Government minister is for infrastructure and for the delivery of new projects across the public sector. His Olympic experience is hugely relevant to these responsibilities; he will speak about how these can be applied to some of the major decisions now facing the Government and also all those companies investing in the UK.

The Japan Society is most grateful to Simmons & Simmons LLP for kindly hosting this event.

The Rt Hon The Lord Deighton KBE joined the Treasury following his role as Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Over six and a half years as CEO he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Committee, overseeing £700 million of contracts to help deliver the hugely successful Games. Prior to joining London 2012, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs in Europe, and a member of its European Management Committee. In his current position at the Treasury, Lord Deighton’s very wide-ranging responsibilities include delivery of the Olympic Legacy, a vital consideration both in London and for the Tokyo planners.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.

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Friday 17 January 2014              9.15am – 1.00pm


The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House
10 St James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LE

Free of charge

Booking essential
Booking deadline – Wednesday 15 January

To book, please email, mentioning that you have registered through the Japan Society

As the capital of one of the world’s largest economies, Tokyo’s position as a global hub is challenged by other competitive financial centres in Asia, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. The Japanese government is trying to develop further its financial market through several initiatives. On one hand, it is using Japanese Government Bonds to accelerate Japan’s strategic investments. On the other, it is encouraging the private sector to expand the domestic and international corporate bond markets, and to broker capital from all over the world. Combined with the ‘arrows’ of Abenomics, the 2020 Olympic Games will have a significant effect inside and outside of Tokyo, with positive impacts on the local equity market, as shown by the experience of London 2012.

This roundtable, with a keynote speech from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation’s current CEO Mr Hiroshi Watanabe, will focus on the potential role of Tokyo as a global mega-city and financial centre in the Asia-Pacific, offering opportunities for comparison with London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.


9.15 – 09.30 Welcome and registration

9.30 – 09.45 Opening remarks
Paola Subacchi, Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House

9.45 – 10.15 Keynote Speech
Hiroshi Watanabe, CEO, Executive Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, former Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs

10.15 – 11.30 Session 1: Tokyo as a leading international financial centre

11.30 – 11.40 Coffee break

11.40-12.55 Session 2:  Tokyo as an Asia-Pacific and global mega-city

12.55 – 1.00pm Closing remarks
Masao Uno, Minister (Finance), Embassy of Japan in the UK

Organised by:
Chatham House

Supported by:
Japan External Trade Organisation in London, Daiwa Capital Markets, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, AstraZeneca, Hitachi, and Development Bank of Japan.


Thursday 16 January 2014                          2.00 – 6.30pm

BIS Conference Centre
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET

Free to register – book here
Registration deadline – Wednesday 8 January

Marking the 400th commemorative year of mutual business activities in 2013, Japan and the UK have forged a partnership that is stronger than ever. The development of the environment for further trade/investment between Japan/UK is under way through a range of measures such as the negotiations for the Japan-EU EPA/EIA. Under such circumstances, the Abe Administration has announced an economic policy, ‘Abenomics’ with a view to revitalizing the Japanese economy, which has aroused great interest in the UK as it has in other countries.

This symposium will provide up-to-date information on Japan’s growth strategy as well as on the attraction of the Japanese market, business opportunities and incentives for inward investment into Japan as matters of high concern for UK companies who have interest in business in/with Japan. At the same time, we hope to foster better understanding and discover new and fascinating aspects of business in/with Japan through the introduction of case studies by UK companies who have experienced business in/with Japan.

Dr Neil Bentley, Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer, The Confederation of British Industry, will give a keynote presentation entitled ‘Deepening Business Relationships between Japan and the UK/EU – Japan as Business Partner.’


1.30 – 2.00pm Registration

2.00 – 2.30pm Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech

Mr. Martin Donnelly, the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
Mr. Tsuneyuki Kato, Executive Vice President, JETRO

Keynote speech ‘Deepening Business Relationships between Japan and the UK/EU – Japan as Business Partner’ Dr. Neil Bentley, Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

2.30 – 3.30pm Session One –
Emerging Business Opportunities and Incentives in Japan

Greeting from the Japanese Government, Mr. Ryosei Tanaka, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (TBD)

Presentation ‘Invest in Japan – Japan’s Advantages and FDI Facilitation’ Mr. Ken’ichi Kawamoto, Director, Trade and Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Presentation ‘Tokyo: Gateway to the Growing Asian Market’ Ms. Noriko Adachi, Director for Asian Headquarters Special Zone, Headquarters of the Governor of Tokyo

3.00 – 3.30pm Q & A

3.30 – 3.50pm Coffee Break

3.50 – 5.20pm Session Two –
UK companies’ Case Studies in Doing Business in/with Japan

Presentations and Panel Discussion, Speakers/Panelists:
Mr. Steve Crane, Founder and CEO, Business Link Japan Ltd.
Dr. Michael Murphy, Managing Director, Pacific Rim, CiDRA Ltd.
British company (TBD)
British company (TBD)
Moderator: Mr. Jun Arima, Director General, JETRO London

5.00 – 5.20pm Q & A

5.20pm Closing

5.30 – 6.30pm Networking Reception

For further information, please contact the Investment Team, JETRO London at or on 020 7421 8315.

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