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

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)

Webinar with Yusuke Nakanishi, Member of House of Councillors & Chair of Commi;ee on Financial Affairs

ReinvenAng the social security system for a vibrant, healthy, and long-living society

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2020
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am (Japan Standard Time)

GR Japan’s International Policy Forum (IPF) is honoured to welcome Yusuke Nakanishi as a speaker at its webinar.  

Born in 1979, Yusuke Nakanishi is a native of Tokushima Prefecture.  He currently holds the posts of Director of the Fisheries Division in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Chair of the House of Councillors’ Committee on Financial Affairs.

Special Seminar on Policy Directions for Japan’s New Prime Minister Webinar with Jakob Edberg, Ambassador Koji Tsuruoka, and Jim Fatheree

Date: Friday 18 September 2020
Time: 8.00am–9.00am (Japan Standard Time)

On 17 September, Japan’s National Diet will elect the country’s first new prime minister for nearly eight years, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga by far the most likely candidate to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On 18 September, GR Japan will hold a special online seminar to discuss prospects for the new prime minister’s domestic and foreign policies, as well as the implications for Japan-US relations.

Webinar with Dr Jiyoon Kim, host of Jiyoon Kim’s Evening Show

Korea’s National Assembly Election – Implications for Government and the Economy in the COVID-19 World

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2020
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. KST

GR Korea is honoured to welcome Dr Jiyoon Kim as the speaker at the first webinar to be hosted in Korea by the GR Group’s International Policy Forum (IPF).