On October 16th and 17th the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in partnership with the Tokyo Foundation, organized the fourth Trilateral Forum Tokyo. Since 2012, Trilateral Forum Tokyo has brought together policymakers, intellectuals, journalists, and business leaders from Japan, Europe, and the United States to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern. This year’s Forum included 75 participants from the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European External Action Service, multiple European foreign ministries and embassies, U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, a number of prestigious universities and think tanks, renowned journalists and leading companies such as Deloitte and Mitsubishi.
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda delivered the Forum’s opening keynote address. Topics of discussion this year included the EU strategic review, Japan's security debate, the return of geopolitical competition, the migration crisis, technology, COP21 - energy and climate change, economic competition in Asia, and the future of the G7. The Delegation of the European Union hosted the discussions, which took place under the Chatham House Rule.