Japan’s Leadership in the Liberal International Order

Friday January 24, 2020 - Saturday January 25, 2020
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

UBC Centre for Japanese Research Workshop: Japan’s Leadership in the Liberal International Order

Event Description:

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

12:45pm-2:00pm: Lunch

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

12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 pm-3:00pm: Panel 5: Free and Open Indo Pacific (2) – Security of the Commons


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