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

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.

Political briefing on the new Abe Cabinet and the next Diet session

Presenting GR Japan special report "Japan's New Dynamic: Capitalising on Change"

GR Japan’s Managing Director Jakob Edberg presented a special report produced by GR Japan in cooperation with PublicAffairsAsia, examining the political and economic landscape in Japan at this exciting juncture in Prime Minister Abe’s program of economic and structural reforms.

Breakfast with Akie Abe

The Empowerment of Women in Japan Key Element of Abenomics

GR Japan was pleased to co-host Akie Abe, Japan’s First Lady, for the International Policy Forum in July together with the Institute for New Era Strategy (INES).

Breakfast meeting with Seiji Kihara

Prime Minister Abe’s Growth Strategy and Japan as a Tourism-Oriented Country

Our guest speaker for the International Policy Forum in May was Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara. Mr. Kihara is an expert on financial policy. He discussed Prime Minister Abe’s new growth strategy, due to be announced in June, and the government’s plans to promote Japan as a tourism-oriented country.

Breakfast meeting with Kiyomi Tsujimoto

Former Senior Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) - An Alternative View of Abenomics

On 11 March, the International Policy Forum invited Kiyomi Tsujimoto, one of the most popular and vocal Diet members of the past decade and a Member of the House of Representatives Budget Committee and the Committee on Oversight of the Administration, to share her insights and analysis on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic and growth strategies.

Breakfast with Kozo Yamamoto

Second Year of Abenomics - What to Expect?

The International Policy Forum kicked off 2014 by welcoming Kozo Yamamoto, the LDP's leading expert in fiscal and monetary policy. As one of the fathers of Abenomics, Mr. Yamamoto shared with us his insights on progress to date and what to expect in the second year of this new economic policy.  

Breakfast with H.E. Mr. Masahiko Shibayama

Japan’s Foreign Policy under Prime Minister Abe

This month, the International Policy Forum welcomed Masahiko Shibayama, Chair of the House of Representatives Cabinet Affairs Committee, formerly Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to discuss Japan’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Abe. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Impact and Opportunity

Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member, Yoshihiro Hayasaka (LDP)

This month’s International Policy Forum was with Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member and long-time campaigner to bring the Olympics to Tokyo, Yoshihiro Hayasaka. He provided us with insight into the future plans of the Tokyo Olympic Organization Committee as well as discussions about potential business opportunities leading up to the Olympics.

House of Councillors Election Briefing 2013

Since 2007 efforts to reform Japan’s economy have been stymied by governments' inability to hold a majority in the House of Councillors. Both Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administrations struggled under this constraint, as the opposition used the upper house to thwart their agenda.