This project examines how the UK and Japan are adapting to a changing world and explores how the two countries can work together more effectively to address a number of critical challenges that the world is currently facing.

Chatham House, in partnership with The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, is undertaking a five-year project (2013–17) to examine the ways in which the UK and Japan – two nations that share wide-ranging international interests and perspectives – are adapting to a changing world.

The objective of the UK–Japan Global Seminar series is to explore how the UK and Japan can work together more effectively to address a number of critical challenges that the world is currently facing in the economic, security and social spheres, broadly defined.

Both countries are in a position to capitalize more fully on their respective comparative advantage in order to confront these common challenges. Closer cooperation will offer increased scope and opportunity to identify common strategic priorities and to devise appropriate solutions to these problems.

To this end, each year, the UK–Japan Global Seminar series convenes an annual conference, held alternately in London and Tokyo, to discuss these shared concerns and identify practical ways to deepen UK–Japan cooperation. The project also produces a range of publications and hosts discussion groups to provide opportunities for policy experts, analysts and decision-makers from both countries to assess their respective approaches to a range of challenges.

The fourth conference in the series, ‘Challenge and Uncertainty in a Volatile World: Japan-UK Responses’ will take place in Tokyo on 12-13 October 2016.

The project is funded by the Nippon Foundation and held in partnership with them and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. 

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