UBC Centre for Japanese Research Workshop: Japan’s Leadership in the Liberal International Order
Since 2016, Japan has shown remarkable leadership on several dimensions of global and regional economic governance, including trade governance (CPTPP, EU-Japan FTA, RCEP, Japan-US trade agreement, WTO reforms), economic and data governance (Osaka G20 in 2019, including Osaka track on data with trust, quality infrastructure, global finance), regional rules-based order (Free and Open Indo Pacific, stabilized relations with China, strategic engagement with India and ASEAN), and environmental governance (oceans, climate).
This workshop focuses on the following questions:
- How significant is Japan’s new leadership in global trade leadership from CPTPP to EU-Japan FTA, US-Japan bilateral management, WTO reforms, stabilization with China, and role in RCEP?
- What is driving this change?
- Do we see a larger pattern of Japan’s leadership in the Global Liberal Order, including its G20 chairmanship, statements on climate change (Eg Davos speech)?
- Where has Japan’s leadership been limited, and what are the constraints?
- What implications and potential for Japan-Canada relations (including over WTO reform)?
Friday, January 24, 2020
10:30am-10:50am: Opening Ceremony at UBC
10:50am- 12:30pm: Panel 1: The Strategic Picture – Explaining the Burst in Japanese Leadership in Support of the Rules-Based International Order
2:00pm-3:45pm: Panel 2: Global Trade Governance: CPTPP, EU-Japan FTA, and RCEP
3:45pm-4:15pm: Tea and Cookie Break
4:15pm-5:45pm: Panel 3: International Organizations and Global Economic Governance
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:15am-11:00am: Panel 4: Free and Open Indo-Pacific (1), Economic Pillars (quality infrastructure, trade, energy, and digital connectivity issues)
11:00am-11:15am: Coffee Break
11:15am-12:15pm: Keynote Lecture and Q&A: Professor Miyajima Hideaki
1:30 pm-3:00pm: Panel 5: Free and Open Indo Pacific (2) – Security of the Commons