Chatham House, in partnership with the Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the UK-Japan Global Seminar, a five-year project that will examine Japan's international role and its relations with the UK and the EU.

Outputs of the project will include five annual seminars held alternately between London and Tokyo, a series of roundtable discussions at Chatham House, and three major reports on the state of the UK-Japan relationship.

An inaugural conference will be held at Chatham House on 20-21 June, drawing together decision-makers and experts from the UK, Europe and Japan. An agenda and list of speakers is available here. Journalists are invited to register through the [staff 176571 192459].

Ahead of the conference, at an event in London on 19 June 2013, co-hosted by Chatham House, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will outline his economic policy.

A new briefing paper, Is Japan Truly 'Back'? Prospects for a More Proactive Security Policy, by John Swenson-Wright, will be published on 19 June.

The author argues that Prime Minister Abe is promoting a more ambitious, assertive and values-based foreign policy than that of his predecessors. The success of this new approach will depend on a number of factors, including continued economic recovery, a strong performance by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the July parliamentary elections, and an ability to defuse tensions with key regional partners.

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For more information about the UK-Japan Global Seminar, the conference or the Prime Minister's speech, please contact theĀ [staff 176571 192459] or call Francis Grove-White on +44 (0)20 7957 5725 or +44 (0)7411 186 950.