Japan's Future Contribution to the World: A Presentation by Hiroshi Watanabe

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Hiroshi WatanabeRUSI are delighted to host Hiroshi Watanabe, Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), to discuss Japan’s future contribution to the world, touching on issues such as the future of the world economy, the future industries of Japan, and providing employment in an increasingly automated world.

Before working at JBIC, Mr Watanabe served in the Ministry of Finance, Japan and has many insights on the interplay between finance and international affairs.

After the lecture the floor will be opened up to questions, which Sir David Warren, former UK Ambassador to Japan and chairman of the Japan Society, will chair.

Hiroshi Watanabe is the Governor and CEO of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s policy-based financing institution for international financing. In the past, he served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs in the Ministry of Finance (MOF). In that capacity, he was responsible for conducting all international affairs of MOF, including foreign exchange stabilization, foreign development assistance and the international monetary system. He also served as executive secretary to Minister of Finance Kiichi Miyazawa in the late 1990s. After leaving MOF, he took to teaching as professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University. Mr Watanabe received an LLB at the University of Tokyo and an MA in Economics at Brown University.

Sir David Warren was British ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British embassy in Tokyo during his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1977 to 1981 in the Economic Department, and 1993 to 1998 as commercial counsellor. He was head of the FCO's China Hong Kong Department from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the FCO's Board of Management (as director of Human Resources) from 2004 to 2007.  He retired from the FCO in January 2013. He is now visiting professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities, and is chairman of the council of the University of Kent in August 2014. He is also chairman of the Japan Society and a member of the Advisory Board of Migration Matters.

Sir David was British ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British embassy in Tokyo during his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1977 to 1981 in the Economic Department, and 1993 to 1998 as commercial counsellor. He was head of the FCO's China Hong Kong Department from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the FCO's Board of Management (as director of Human Resources) from 2004 to 2007.  He retired from the FCO in January 2013. He is now visiting professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities, and will become chairman of the council of the University of Kent in August 2014. He is also chairman of the Japan Society, the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to UK-Japanese cultural, educational and business contacts, and a member of the Advisory Board of Migration Matters, the campaigning group highlighting the benefits of legal migration. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/directory/198816#sthash.X1PClZ5N.dpuf
Sir David was British ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British embassy in Tokyo during his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1977 to 1981 in the Economic Department, and 1993 to 1998 as commercial counsellor. He was head of the FCO's China Hong Kong Department from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the FCO's Board of Management (as director of Human Resources) from 2004 to 2007.  He retired from the FCO in January 2013. He is now visiting professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities, and will become chairman of the council of the University of Kent in August 2014. He is also chairman of the Japan Society, the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to UK-Japanese cultural, educational and business contacts, and a member of the Advisory Board of Migration Matters, the campaigning group highlighting the benefits of legal migration. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/directory/198816#sthash.X1PClZ5N.dpuf
Sir David was British ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British embassy in Tokyo during his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1977 to 1981 in the Economic Department, and 1993 to 1998 as commercial counsellor. He was head of the FCO's China Hong Kong Department from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the FCO's Board of Management (as director of Human Resources) from 2004 to 2007.  He retired from the FCO in January 2013. He is now visiting professor at Sheffield and De Montfort Universities, and will become chairman of the council of the University of Kent in August 2014. He is also chairman of the Japan Society, the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to UK-Japanese cultural, educational and business contacts, and a member of the Advisory Board of Migration Matters, the campaigning group highlighting the benefits of legal migration. - See more at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/about-us/directory/198816#sthash.X1PClZ5N.dpuf

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