On June 8th and 9th the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Tokyo Foundation co-hosted the second Trilateral Forum Tokyo. The 2013 Forum convened 80 participants from a number of government agencies, universities, think tanks, media outlets, and businesses from Japan, Europe, and the United States. The 2013 agenda covered: China and the future of international order, the fall and rise of trade diplomacy, innovation supremacy, nuclear nonproliferation, the new energy matrix, maritime security in Asia, development cooperation, and Burma. The Forum also featured a conversation on security dynamics in East Asia with Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s Minister of Defense.
Immediately after the Forum a number of participants traveled with representatives from GMF and the Tokyo Foundation to Kyoto, where on June 10th a public symposium was held at Doshisha University. During the two sessions the panelists and audience discussed citizen diplomacy and the role of “cultural industries” in a globalized economy. Participants were then given a tour of the HOSOO textile company, explored some popular sites in Kyoto, and ended the study tour with a traditional kaiseki dinner overlooking the Kamo River.
For more information on Trilateral Forum Tokyo, please contact Sharon Stirling.
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