On December 1-2, 2017, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with the Tokyo Foundation, organized the fifth Trilateral Forum Tokyo. This year’s Forum included participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, European External Action Service, Ambassadors from several European embassies in Tokyo, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Pacific Command, scholars from prestigious universities and think tanks in the region, renowned journalists and business leaders.
The Honorable Shigeru Ishiba, member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), delivered the Forum’s opening keynote address. The Japanese Minister of Defense, the Honorable Itsunori Onodera, delivered remarks and engaged in a Q&A with the audience on the second day of the Forum.
Topics of discussion this year included how to tackle security challenges through trilateral cooperation, the DPRK, populism and democracy, climate change, global trade, economic growth and demographic challenges.
The Forum was hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan.
We had good EU/US cooperation on China on the trade front in the past; we still share concerns, US still happy to talk w/EU about China, but less willing to do something concrete about it #TFT5
— Andrew Small (@ajwsmall) December 2, 2017
— Jamie Fly (@jamiemfly) December 2, 2017
— Jonas ParelloPlesner (@jonasPplesner) December 2, 2017
— Joshua W. Walker (@drjwalk) December 2, 2017
— Ken Endo 遠藤 乾 (@ken_fiore_endo) December 2, 2017
— Sharon Stirling (@SharonStirling) December 1, 2017