The trade dispute between the United States and China caused by increased protectionism is further escalating and casts a shadow over the world economy, especially in East Asia where open markets keep growth higher than the rest of the world. It is important for Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asian countries to explore policy responses that preserve the open rules-based economic order, and further promote liberalization of trade and investment.

In cooperation with the Australia-Japan Research Center of The Australian National University, ERIA (East Asia-ASEAN Economic Research Center), experts such as former Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, the G20 Sherpa of the Australian Government, RIETI researchers and METI officials will discuss strategic responses from Asian countries for keeping the international economy open.

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Time and Date 14:00-17:00, Thursday, December 6, 2018 (Registration starts at 13:30)
Commentator & Moderator
Language(s) Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
4th floor Tekko Building South Tower 1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Admission Free
Closing date for registration
Profile of speaker(s)
Host(s) Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Australian National University (ANU), Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
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Cooperating Organization(s)
Seating Capacity 200
Intended Audience

14:00-14:05 Opening Remarks

NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

14:05-14:15 Special Remarks

MATSUO Takehiko (Director-General for Trade Policy, METI)

14:15-14:35 Special Speech

Mari PANGESTU (Former Minister of Trade, Republic of Indonesia / Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia)

14:35-15:15 Speeches

14:35 - 14:55

David GRUEN (Deputy Secretary (Economic), Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet / G20 Sherpa, Australian Government)

14:55 - 15:15

KIMURA Fukunari (Chief Economist, ERIA / Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-17:00 Panel Discussion


Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, ANU)

Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Lurong CHEN (Economist, ERIA)

ONODERA Osamu (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, METI)

TODO Yasuyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics Waseda University)

*Agenda is subject to change

JR Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit approx. 2 minute-walk, Nihombashi Exit  approx. 2 minute-walk
Subway Lines: Tokyo Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line) approx. 6-minute walk
Otemachi Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Toei Mita Line) from Exit B10 direct passage
Nihombashi Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line) from Exit A3  approx. 3-minute walk

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