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

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.

Breakfast Meeting with Susumu Takahashi

"The Road to Recovery: Restoring Fiscal Health and the Next Step of Abenomics"

GR Japan is pleased to co-host with the Institute for New Era Strategy (INES) Mr. Susumu Takahashi, Chairman of the Japan Research Institute, Ltd., for the November meeting of the International Policy Forum (IPF). Mr. Takahashi will discuss his insights and views on Prime Minister Abe’s next steps for Abenomics and other factors that could contribute to the restoration of Japan’s fiscal health. 

Breakfast Meeting with Naomi Tokashiki

"Social Security and Healthcare Policies of the Liberal Democratic Party in the Unprecedented Aging Society"

On 14 October, the International Policy Forum invites Naomi Tokashiki, the Deputy Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Director of the House of Representatives Health, Labor and Welfare Committee, and former Parliamentary Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, to share her insights and views on the current social security and healthcare policies of LDP. 

Breakfast Meeting with Hiroshi Nakaso

Japan's Recent Monetary Policy

GR Japan and the Institute for New Era Strategy (INES) are pleased to co-host Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), for the September meeting of the International Policy Forum (IPF). Mr. Nakaso will discuss Japan’s monetary policy and the recent international finance issues.

Breakfast Meeting with Itsunori Onodera

The Changing Security Environment in East Asia and Japan's Defense Policy

For our next IPF breakfast meeting we have invited Itsunori Onodera, Minister of Defense from Dec 2012 until Sep 2014 and Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in the First Abe Administration.

GR Japan 2014 Election Special

Analysis and Panel Discussion of the 2014 House of Representatives Election

Following the abrupt dissolution of the Diet by PM Abe just two months after the formation of his new Cabinet, Japan is heading to the polls for the third time in three years. Jakob Edberg and Philip Howard from GR Japan were joined by an expert panel to discuss the latest polling and forecasts.

Breakfast meeting with Isamu Ueda

Komeito and Japan’s economic revitalization

As speaker for our next International Policy Forum, we have invited Mr. Isamu Ueda – former Senior Vice Minister of Finance and Vice Minister of Justice, long-serving official at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and a veteran member of the House of Representatives.