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. 

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Past Events

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.

Breakfast with Yoshimasa Hayashi Shadow Minister of Finance Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

Combining physical and fiscal reconstruction: the LDP view on 2011 budgets, tax reform, and balancing the books


With gross national debt nearing 200% of the GDP and tax revenue (¥40.1 trillion) predicted to cover just 43% of national expenditures (¥93.1 trillion) in FY2011, Japan was in poor fiscal shape even before the disasters of 11 March.  After the earthquake, a first extraordinary budget of ¥4 trillion passed the Diet on 5 May, and another package – perhaps as big as ¥15-20 trillion - will be debated in coming weeks.

Breakfast with Mieko Nakabayashi Member of the House of Representatives Vice-Director General, DPJ International Department

Reconstruction and Policy after the Great East Japan Earthquake

With the unprecedented triple crisis of a M9.0 earthquake, a devastating tsunami and a Level 7 nuclear accident, Japan’s government has been confronted by one of the greatest challenges faced by any nation in peacetime. As Vice-Director General of the Democratic Party of Japan’s International Department and an expert in disaster relief, Ms Nakabayashi offered both an expert and politically informed view of the Japanese government’s policy responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake.