Baroness Catherine AshtonHigh Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2009-14); Vice President, European Commission (2010-14)
Yuichi HosoyaProfessor of International Politics, Keio University, Tokyo

This paper brings together a summary of discussions at the fourth seminar in the UK–Japan Global Seminar Series with two essays on globalization and the nation-state.

Thousands of protesters with placards take part in a demonstration against US President Donald Trump on Whitehall, 4 February 2017, in London. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images.Thousands of protesters take part in a demonstration against US President Donald Trump on 4 February 2017, in London. Photo: Getty Images.

The fourth seminar in the UK-Japan Global seminar series was a two-day conference held in Tokyo on 12 and 13 October 2016, exploring UK and Japanese approaches to the risks and opportunities – political and economic – currently facing Asia and Europe. Topics included Brexit and the future of the EU, the impact of TTIP and TPP, China’s role in Asia’s regional order, and the evolution of national identity in Japan and the UK. The concluding session considered the major challenges to stability that Europe and Asia will encounter in the short- to medium-term, and outlined possibilities for further UK–Japan cooperation.

This paper brings together a summary of discussions at the conference with two essays by Baroness Catherine Ashton and Yuichi Hosoya.