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. 


Coming Events

House of Representatives Election Special

Date and Time:

8:00-9:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

8:00-9:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (Korea Standard Time)

0:00-1:30am, Friday, 29 October 2021 (British Standard Time)

7:00-8:30pm, Thursday, 28 October 2021 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Past Events

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. 

Breakfast with Kohei Ohtsuka Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Prospects of the Noda Cabinet and the views of DPJ on health policy reform (including revision of PAL)

Mr. Kohei Ohtsuka, Vice Minister for Health Labour and Welfare, shared with us his insights on internal DPJ affairs, the prospects of the Noda Cabinet, and how the current changes affect the policies issues he is in charge of – Health policy, welfare reforms, and the upcoming revision of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

Breakfast meeting with Mr. Banri Kaieda Minister of Economy Trade and Industry

Policies for Recovery

Japan’s GDP contracted by 0.9% in the first quarter following the triple disasters of 11 March. The government has launched a number of initiatives to support the affected areas, including that of establishing a “special economic zone” in Tohoku where regulations will be relaxed to boost business, as one way to stimulate the region out of the current economic crisis.