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

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). 

2019 House of Councillors Election Special

The next International Policy Forum will be our Election Special 2019 where we’ll share GR Japan’s analysis of the forthcoming House of Councillors elections scheduled for 21 July.

Despite speculation that he would dissolve the House of Representatives to hold joint elections with the House of Councillors, Prime Minister Abe decided to abandon the idea as his administration estimates it currently has a stable level of support, and the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito ruling coalition is confident it will win the election.

Breakfast Meeting with Ken Saito, Former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Sustaining Economic Revitalization in Japan through Free Trade Agreements

GR Japan is pleased to welcome Ken Saito, former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to our latest International Policy Forum (IPF) breakfast meeting. Mr. Saito will share his views on recent free trade agreement developments and negotiations, and the impact they have on the Japanese economy.

Breakfast Meeting with Seiji Maehara, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

The “All for All” society How to obtain people’s understanding for a society willing to provide support for all

GR Japan is pleased to welcome Seiji Maehara, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to our last IPF breakfast meeting of the year. Mr. Maehara will discuss his policies and ideas in the area of redistribution – particularly how to achieve his idea of the “All for All” society, connecting the economy with the social welfare system, and providing support for all by sharing the burden with all. He will also share his views on the current administration’s policy initiatives.  

Breakfast Meeting with Dr. Sam Potolicchio, Director of Global and Custom Education, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

The View from Washington DC - The US Midterm Elections and U.S.-Japan Relations -

The November 6 US midterm elections captured remarkable attention, garnering the highest midterm voting rate in more than 100 years.  With the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives, a divided Congress will make it difficult for President Trump to move his legislative priorities forward.  The Democrats have also promised to investigate the Trump Administration’s alleged malfeasance and corruption.  The course of the US government will become even harder to predict.