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

Lunch Meeting with Sanae Takaichi - Former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications

Reducing Potential Risks - Japan’s Cybersecurity and Defence Policies

On 26 June, the International Policy Forum welcomed Sanae Takaichi, former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Chair of the Cybersecurity Division of the LDP’s Policy Research Council, to share her insights on the topic of reducing potential risks, including in the realms of defence and cybersecurity.  Ms. Takaichi addressed a range of issues, including how the government’s policies are seeking to minimise the cybersecurity risks that people face in their daily lives.

Breakfast Meeting with Yasuhiro Suzuki, Chief Medical & Global Health Officer of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Japan’s finances and the future of social security

For our November IPF breakfast, we will invite Mr. Yasuhiro Suzuki, who has been newly appointed to the role of Chief Medical & Global Health Officer of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), in which he oversees all administration under the jurisdiction of the Ministry.  Mr. Suzuki will speak about the outlook for social security and next year's concurrent revisions to medical and nursing care compensation. 

2017 General Election Special

Please join GR Japan to discuss Japan’s upcoming House of Representatives election.
Prime Minister Abe dissolved the Diet today for a snap election of the House of Representatives, widely expected to take place on 22 October.  Abe’s decision comes just weeks after support for his Cabinet hit its lowest levels, after a summer of controversy and scandal.  He hoped to catch the opposition off guard, gambling that the bounce in support since his Cabinet reshuffle in early August will see him through the election campaign. 

Breakfast Meeting with Katsunobu Kato - Minister of Working-style Reform

GR Japan had an honor to welcome Mr. Katsunobu Kato, who is the Minister for Working-style Reform, Minister for Promoting Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens, and Minister in Charge of Women's Empowerment, as guest speaker for the International Policy Forum (IPF) on  31 July.  The participants enjoyed exchanging views and insights on the work-style reforms and the government's initiatives with Minister.

Breakfast Meeting with Takao Ochi - State Minister of Cabinet Office

“Outlook for Japan 2030”

On 27 February, GR Japan had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Takao Ochi, State Minister at the Cabinet Office and a Member of the House of Representatives from the Liberal Democratic Party. Mr. Ochi is responsible for the coordination of government policy in a range of areas that are key to Japan’s revitalization and to the success of the government’s economic strategy, including finance, measures to tackle the ageing society and the declining birthrate, and women’s empowerment.

Evening Meeting with Sanae Takaichi - Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications

"Information and Communication Technology Policy and the 'My Number' System"

GR Japan and the Institute for New Era Strategy are honoured to co-host Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and a Member of the House of Representatives. Ms. Takaichi will speak about a number of ICT initiatives being developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), including the My Number system. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Japan’s top policy-maker in the field of ICT.  The event will be held on Monday, 5 December 2016.  Please note that the meeting will be held from 5:30pm, instead of our usual breakfast time.

Breakfast Meeting with Takuya Hirai - Chairman of the Special Mission Committee on IT Strategy for the Liberal Democratic Party

"Vision of the Future - What Digital Nippon 2016 Attains"

Please join us in welcoming Takuya Hirai, Chairman of the Special Mission Committee on IT Strategy for the LDP, as guest speaker for our second International Policy Forum (IPF) in September.  The Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016 released in June relies heavily technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, Big Data and IoT to drive economic growth and restore the nation's global competitiveness.  Come hear about the legislative proposal Mr.

Breakfast Meeting with Yasutoshi Nishimura - Special Advisor to the LDP President Shinzo Abe

"Abenomics and the Growth Strategy"

GR Japan welcomes Yasutoshi Nishimura, Special Advisor to Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Shinzo Abe and Chief Deputy Secretary-General of LDP, as guest speaker for this month's International Policy Forum (IPF).  As a testament to the Prime Minister's continued focus on the economy, just last month the Abe Cabinet approved a 28 trillion yen economic stimulus package.  Mr.

2016 House of Councillors Election Special

Tuesday, 28 June

The ordinary Diet session came to an end with a long-awaited announcement from Prime Minister Abe regarding his decision to postpone a raise in consumption tax until October 2019. With the Prime Minister denying any imminent plans to dissolve the lower house, all attention now turns to the House of Councilors elections scheduled for 10 July.
Please join us for an up-to-the-minute insider briefing on the upper house election.  What are the issues and the trends?  Who will be the winners and the losers?  And what’s at stake for each party?

Breakfast Meeting with Tsuyoshi Hoshino - Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Abenomics and the Economy & Trade Policy

GR Japan is pleased to host Mr. Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and a Member of the House of Representatives, for the March meeting of the International Policy Forum (IPF). Mr. Hoshino will discuss his insights and views on the future of Prime Minister Abe’s Abenomics and the recent economy and trade policy developments.