Challenge and Uncertainty in a Volatile WorldConference with Chatham House explores Japanese and UK perspectives

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, Shin Kawashima, Kerry Lynn S. Nankivell, and Yu Tiejun (left to right) discuss challenges to Asia’s regional order

The UK–Japan Global Seminar series is a five-year series of conferences on the UK-Japan relationship and opportunities for closer bilateral cooperation, held by The Nippon Foundation, Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. The location alternates each year between London and Tokyo, and this year the fourth conference took place in Tokyo on October 12-13.

Titled “Challenge and Uncertainty in a Volatile World: Japan–UK Perspectives,” the conference dealt with topics including 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 for Europe and Asia over the near to medium term, and outlined possibilities for further Japan– UK cooperation.

Session chairs included Baroness Ashton, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and former Vice President, European Commission; Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; and Yoshiji Nogami, former Japanese Ambassador to the UK. Panelists included professors Takatoshi Ito and Carol Gluck of Columbia University, Shin Kawashima of the University of Tokyo, and Yu Tiejun of Peking University. In addition to academia, the fields of business, law, politics, and journalism were also represented.

A Meeting Summary is available at the Chatham House website.
The UK–Japan Global Seminar Meeting Summary (PDF / 240KB)


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