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Where business
and government meet

The International Policy Forum is a network for businesspeople, diplomats, and academics in Tokyo, holding regular breakfast and lunch meetings on matters of policy interest to businesses in Japan. All events host speakers from Japan's political and administrative elite, are run in both Japanese and English and on an invitation only basis. 

Past Events

Artificial Intelligence and its regulatory challenges

International Policy Forum with Takuya Hirai

Artificial intelligence and generative AI emerged as prominent discussion topics in 2023.  Despite AI’s ubiquitous role in our daily lives and its transformative potential, our understanding of its possibilities and dangers remains limited.  Regulators worldwide are grappling with challenges posed by AI, navigating a landscape devoid of international standards or regulations.  Utilizing AI to enhance our lives while mitigating threats in an era of heightened geopolitical tensions calls for a comprehensive approach.

Japan's Digitization: Evolution of Technology and Outlook for the Future

International Policy Forum with Masaaki Taira

Digital Transformation, or DX as it is commonly known, has been a political buzzword and one of the flagship policies of consecutive administrations in Japan. Digitization is a complex and multi-layered challenge for not only the government but the whole country as to how to effectively bring businesses, central and local governments, public services, and society on board to utilize the benefits of digital technology effectively in an aging society.

Brand New Japan, designed by the Constitutional Democratic Party

International Policy Forum with Kenta Izumi

GR Japan is delighted to invite you to our forthcoming IPF seminar, featuring a dialogue with Kenta Izumi, the current leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP). The CDP is currently the largest opposition party in the Diet, and this event provides an opportunity to hear first hand Mr. Izumi's candid insights about a potential snap election and the vision of the CDP.

Scenarios for Japan's Economic Revival

- Policies for the Environment and Semiconductors -

International Policy Forum with Yoshihiro Seki

Member of the House of Representatives, Former State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and State Minister of the Environment

Japan’s changing security environment and Defense Policy

International Policy Forum with Hiroyuki Miyazawa

Japan has seen a rapid deteoriating security environment in recent years manifested in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China's growing military presence in the East China Sea, accelerated tensions in and around the Taiwan strait, and North Korea's repeated missile launches.

Political Outlook for 2023

International Policy Forum with Hideki Makihara

GR Japan will start the year of 2023 with an International Policy Forum seminar to discuss the political outlook for the coming year. We will be joined by Hideki Makihara, former State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare (2017 - 2018), Stste Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (2019 - 2020), and a member of the House of Representatives, who will share his insights into what to expect on the political front in Japan for 2023.
 

House of Councillors Election Special

House of Councillors Election Special

International Policy Forum

House of Councillors Election Special with

- Takuma Ohamazaki President, J.A.G. Japan Corp. (Online presentation)

- Naoya Yoshino Chief political editor of the Nikkei

- Jakob Edberg CEO & President, GR Japan

Political outlook for 2022

with Shingo Miyake, Parliamentary Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Member of the House of Councillors, Mr. Naoya Yoshino, Chief Political Editor of the Nikkei and Mr. Jakob Edberg, CEO & President, GR Japan

Date and Time:

8:00-9:00am, Monday, 17 January 2022 (Japan Standard Time)

0:00-1:00am, Monday, 17 January 2022 (British Standard Time)

7:00-8:00pm, Sunday, 16 January 2022 (Eastern Daylight Time)

GR Japan is proud to start 2022 with an IPF seminar and webinar to discuss the political outlook for the new year. We will be joined by true experts who will share their insights into what to expect on the political front in Japan for 2022.

House of Representatives Election Special

Date and Time:

8:00-9:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

8:00-9:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (Korea Standard Time)

0:00-1:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (British Standard Time)

7:00-8:30pm, Thursday, 28 October 2021 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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