RIETI-ANU Symposium

Japan and Australia: Leading Asia Pacific regionalism in uncertain times


The global economic system is under threat from protectionist forces. Japan and Australia share interests in protecting the global economic system under the stability of the global trade regime and working with Asia-Pacific region partners.

Both countries were key to the creation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). As the momentum for taking leadership in the Asia-Pacific region is increasing, TPP 11 will be signed on March 8. Under the circumstances, what strategies can be taken to secure our interests in an open, rules-based global trading system for both the important members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations?

Based on this issue, Japan specialists from Australian National University along with a RIETI researcher, all of whom are experts in the Japan-Australia relationship; policy experts in both countries will collaborate at this symposium, and discuss the direction for strategies to develop the trade and investment rules in the Asia-Pacific region led by Japan and Australia.


  • Time and Date: 14:00-17:30, Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Registration starts at 13:30)
  • Venue: Grand Ballroom West, Grand Hyatt Tokyo (6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host(s): Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) / Australian National University (ANU)
  • Seating Capacity: 200 (Pre-registration required)
  • Contact: Ms. Kobayashi at RIETI (
    Tel: 03-3501-8398


14:00-14:05 Welcoming Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

14:05-14:40 Special Speeches


Simon NEWNHAM (Ambassador for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government)


TANAKA Shigehiro (Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

14:40-15:20 Keynote Speeches


Peter DRYSDALE (Emeritus Professor of Economics, ANU)


URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Dean and Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)

15:20-15:40 Q&A

15:40-15:50 Break

15:50-17:30 Panel Discussion—Pursuing quality trade investment rule covering Asia-Pacific region in the future—


URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Dean and Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Shiro ARMSTRONG (Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU)

FUKUNAGA Tetsuro (Director-General for International Cyber Economy Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

Michael MUGLISTON (Visiting Fellow, ANU)

SUGAWARA Junichi (Senior Research Officer, Research Department-Public Policy, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.)

*The agenda is subject to change.