Conference

Going for Growth

The Future of the EU-Japan Partnership

Chatham House, London

Europe and Japan account for nearly half of global GDP and a quarter of all world trade.  The opportunities for much-needed growth, particularly in emerging markets, presented by economic cooperation between these two economic powerhouses are considerable.  This conference will examine opportunities for and obstacles to closer trade and investment cooperation, and explore which sectors offer the greatest chances of success:

  • Closer cooperation as a driver of growth, particularly in relation to emerging markets
  • What are the prospects for key areas of current and future EU-Japan cooperation – trade liberalization, investment, technology cooperation?
  • Potential avenues for progress on economic integration between Japan and the EU in sectors such as finance, the auto industry, aerospace, insurance, agriculture and education

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Venue

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK


Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

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The Cavendish London
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London
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8:30 Registration and refreshments

Opening Session

8:50    Introductory remarks
Dr Robin Niblett
Director
Chatham House

Hidehiro Yokoo
President
JETRO

09.00    Keynote Address
Nick Baird
Chief Executive
UK Trade & Investment

Subject: The importance of Japan to Europe

Session One
EU-Japan Cooperation: Going for Growth

  • Current state of the Japanese and EU economies, the eurozone crisis and the drive for sovereign debt reduction in Japan and Europe.
  • Structural constraints to growth in Japan and Europe: demographics, social and economic policies, market openness
  • What are the key areas of current and future EU-Japan cooperation?
  • Closer cooperation as a driver of growth, particularly in relation to emerging markets


Chair
John Swenson-Wright
Associate Fellow, Asia Programme
Chatham House

09.30    Speakers
Professor Janet Hunter
Saji Professor of Economic History
London School of Economics

Professor Yorizumi Watanabe
Professor of International Political Economy
Keio University

Jun Arima
Director General
JETRO
   
Sir David Wright
Vice-Chairman
Barclays

10.10    Questions and discussion

10.45 – 11.15     Refreshments

Session Two
EU-Japan Cooperation: Lessons from the Past and Opportunities for the Future

  • Potential avenues for progress on an Economic Integration Agreement (EIA) between Japan and the EU in sectors such as finance, the auto industry, aerospace, insurance, agriculture and education
  • Lessons learned from Japanese trade liberalization policies in Asia, the Trans Pacific Partnership and EU bilateral agreements
  • Next steps for future EU-Japan economic integration


Chair
Dr Robin Niblett
Director
Chatham House

11.15    Speakers
Michitaka Nakatomi
Principal Trade Negotiator, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan and Senior Fellow, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (RIETI)

Glyn Ford
Director
POL.INT

Takayuki Sumita
Director
Japan Machinery Centre Brussels


12.00    Questions and discussion

12:30 Lunch and End of Conference

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2012