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 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.

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.