Japan-China relations: what is at stake for the UK and Europe?
How can the UK and Japan foster a substantial agenda of strategic cooperation?
Prof Kazuya Sakamoto, Professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University
Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme, ECFR
While Japan is an increasingly important political partner for the UK and its vested partner in Asia, how can the two countries build a substantial agenda of strategic cooperation at a time when China attracts most of the attention?
This event will also see the launch of a new research project by ECFR assessing the state of Europe-Japan relations in nine European capitals, including London.
Kazuya Sakamoto is a Professor at the Graduate School of Law and Politics at Osaka University, specialising in International Politics and Diplomatic History. Amongst his publications are Sengo Nihon Gaiko-shi (Japan's Postwar Diplomatic History), winner of the Yoshida Shigeru Prize in 1999, and Nichibei Domei no Kizuna (The Bonds of the Japanese–U.S. Alliance), winner of the Suntory Academic Prize in 2000.
Mathieu Duchâtel is a Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia and China Programme at ECFR. Before joining ECFR in November 2015, he was a Senior Researcher and the Representative in Beijing of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2011-2015).