The foundations of national security are rapidly expanding into the economic and technological fields due to technological innovation and geopolitical changes. The Japanese Government recently stated in government wide documents such as its Growth Strategy that it will strengthen and promote economic security policy. The speaker will introduce this subject in the first section.
In the meantime, while economic security policy is newly highlighted, free and fair trade remains an essential part of government policy towards developing the global economy and building a resilient supply chain. In this respect, in addition to various initiatives relating to global rule-making and trade promotion, the enforcement of trade tools such as trade remedy measures is also important in tackling unfair trade practices. The speaker will discuss recent developments in trade rules focusing on this aspect in the second section.
- Date: Monday, September 6, 2021
- Language: English
- Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
- Speaker: KAZEKI Jun (Director-General, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, & Director-General, Economic Security Policy, Minister's Secretariat, METI)
Speaker, KAZEKI Jun has thirty years of experience in the field of trade and economic policies. Most recently, he engaged in Growth Strategy 2020 as Deputy Director-General at the Cabinet Secretariat. In the past, he served as DDG for the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, director for the Manufacturing Industries Bureau, the Natural Resources and Fuel Department, the Security Export Control Policy Division and the Multilateral Trade System Department at METI. He also worked for the OECD in Paris (2002-05) and the Japanese Mission to the WTO in Geneva (2007-10). He graduated from the University of Tokyo ('90) and earned a master's degree from Columbia Law School (LLM '95/NY Bar) and another degree on Antitrust from NYU (LLM Trade Regulation '96).
- Commentator: KAWASE Tsuyoshi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Law, Sophia University)
- Commentator: SUZUKI Kazuto (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo)