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 Junko Mihara

The LDP's Health and Medical Policies

Few Diet members are as passionate and engaged in this area of policy as the former actress, artist, and business executive Junko Mihara. Since being elected to the Diet in 2010, Mihara has taken the lead in the formulation of health policies in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Breakfast with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito Party

The role of Komeito in the new coalition

Fresh from his diplomatic mission to China, we were delighted to host this month Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito Party, who spoke to us about his party’s role in the new coalition government. 

Breakfast meeting with Naokazu Takemoto

Abenomics: the stimulus package, 2013 budget, monetary policy and regulatory reforms

So much has changed since the election last month and our last meeting of the International Policy Forum. But few are better placed than our guest speaker, Naokazu Takemoto, to comment on that change and the new policy initiatives of the Abe Cabinet.

Election Briefing 2012

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s sudden call for elections on 16 December has reopened the future direction of Japan’s politics. Just three years (and three prime ministers) after the historical shift of power to the DPJ on its promise of a break with the past, the public’s frustration with government and politics seems to be driving change once again. 

Breakfast meeting with the Eurocrisis Task Force

Inside the eurozone crisis – insights and policy options

With new governments in Greece, Italy, and Spain and questions being asked about the very future of Europe’s monetary union, previously unfamiliar European topics, from Greek politics to the workings of German bond sales, have become need-to-know issues for financial players in Japan.

Breakfast with Keiro Kitagami Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry

Japan and Free Trade Agreements with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and European Union

Our guest speaker for May was Mr. Keiro Kitagami, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and Member of the House of Representatives with the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).  Mr. Kitagami is in charge of Japan's negotiations on free trade agreements, including with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the European Union.

Breakfast with Yoshimi Watanabe Party Leader, Your Party

Policies for a new Japan - the emergence of a third force in Japanese politics

Our guest speaker for March was Yoshimi Watanabe, former Minister of State for Regulatory Reform and Financial Services and, since 2008, party leader for Your Party, Japan's third largest political party according to most recent polls. 

Breakfast with Tetsuro Fukuyama Former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary (DPJ)

Energy Policy After Fukushima

Our guest speaker for February was Tetsuro Fukushima, Chairman of the House of Councillors Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary under Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.