Japan and Australia: Leading Asia Pacific regionalism in uncertain times

Professor Peter Drysdale at the RIETI-ANU conference in Tokyo

On 15 March 2018 the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the Australian National University (ANU) co-hosted a conference in Tokyo to discuss Asia Pacific cooperation on issues such as security, trade and institutions.

Participants from government, academic and business sectors joined at the the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo for an afternoon of indepth discussion. Speakers included Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the ANU; Shiro Armstrong, Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC); and Michael Mugliston, ANU Visiting Fellow. They were joined by Simon Newham, Ambassador for APEC; Shigehero Tanaka, Director-General of Japan’s Trade Policy Bereau; Shujiro Urata, Dean and Professor of Economics at Waseda Unviersity; Junichi Sugawara, Senior Research Officer at the Mizuho Research Institute; Tetsuro Fukunaga, Director-General for International Cyber Economy Policy at Japan’s Trade Policy Burea; and Yoshio Kishimoto, Vice Chairman of RIETI.

A major discussion point of the conference was the renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) agreement, which will further economic integration and development between Australia, Japan and nine other regional partners.

The conference was a crucial opportunity to exchange ideas and strengthen the Australia-Japan relationship during this time of global uncertainty and transition. Japan and Australia’s shared values and interests in the region and the global system will come to define their relationship into the future, and high-level meetings such as the the RIETI-ANU conference can help to build greater opportunities for cooperation.

To find out more about the symposium, including reading a summary of the proceedings, head to the RIETI website.

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