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Russia/Japan

12th October 2009

Dear All

Peter Gysin asked me to circulate this – he will be speaking on the 21st.

Best wishes
Ute

2009 Seminar Series by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association
with the Japan Society CHANGING WORLD VIEWS: International Challenges for
the UK and Japan

You are invited to the seminar;
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Japan and Europe: Negotiating the Russian Relationship

Wednesday 21 October 2009 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP
020 7486 4348

Admission free – book a place by 20 October,

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This seventh seminar in the 2009 seminar series, Changing World Views:
International Challenges for the UK and Japan, will reflect on relations
with Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In
renegotiating international relations in the region, the challenges have
been many and continue to dominate diplomatic agendas. Official mechanisms
for cooperation exist through the European Union and NATO as well as
through Russia's membership in the Council of Europe and the Group of
Eight. Economic links and energy issues are of central importance. Yet,
the 2008 Georgia crisis threatened a renewal of old fears. Territorial
disputes, particularly related to the Southern Kurile Islands/Northern
Territories, have also cast a lingering shadow over Russo-Japanese
relations. Such unfinished business, however, does not belie the fact of
Japan's energy needs and extensive economic ties with Russia. The speakers
will consider the legacy of the past and the future direction of relations
with Russia in addressing these areas of conflict and cooperation.

Contributors:
Dr Julie Gilson is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Politics, University of
Birmingham. She is currently conducting research into the idea of 'civil
society' in East Asia, and has recently examined the role of NGOs in
Southeast Asia. Prior to that, she focused on Japan's relations with
Europe. Dr Gilson has published widely on these subjects and has
authored/co-authored three books, Japan and the European Union (2000),
Asia Meets Europe (2002) and Japan's International Relations (2nd ed.,
2005 with G Hook, CW Hughes and H. Dobson).

Peter Gysin is Senior Policy Advisor – EU Energy Policy, Department of
Energy & Climate Change (DECC). His previous posts in the DTI have covered
international energy policy, WTO trade disputes, UK/EU trade relations
with the Asia Pacific; and promoting British business in Central Asia &
Transcaucasia.

Lord Lea of Crondall (chair) is a trades unionist and economist. He joined
the TUC in 1964 after studying Economics at Cambridge. He became Head of
the Economic Department and from 1978-1999, Assistant General Secretary,
before joining the House of Lords. His political interests have centred on
the European Union, employment and energy. While at the TUC, he was
secretary of the TUC-Labour Party Liaison Committee (1972-94), a member of
the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth (1974-79),
the Delors Committee on Economic and Social Concepts in the Community
(1977-79), the Kreisky Commission on Unemployment in Europe (1989-89) and
a Vice President of the European TUC. He was made a life peer in 1999.

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