Programme

PROGRAMME

Interpretation from/to: English, Japanese

DAY 1 - 13 November

13:30 – 14:00      Registration

Master of Ceremony: Mr Georgi Stoev

14:00 – 14:30      Opening panel

  • Ms Eve Päärendson, President of the EU - Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Ms Patricia Flor, Ambassador-designate, Head of the EU Delegation to Japan
  • Mr Takehiro Kagawa, Representative of the Government of Japan, Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Panel I: The role of the civil society in monitoring the EU-Japan EPA

Moderator: Ms Eve Päärendson, President of the EU - Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

14:30 – 15:00      Keynote presentations on "The Role of the Civil Society in Monitoring the EU-Japan EPA"

  • Ms Marjut Hannonen, Minister-Counsellor, Head of Trade Section, EU Delegation to Japan
  • Mr Kazuya Otsuka, Director, European Union Economic Affairs Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

15:00 – 15:20      Comments (6 min each):

  • Mr Krzysztof Pater, Member of the EU-Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee, President of the EESC Labour Market Observatory
  • Mr Chihiro Kawashima, Executive Director of Department of Economic and Social Policy, JTUC RENGO
  • Mr Toshiaki Wada, Managing Director, JCCU

15:20 – 15:40      Discussion

15:40 – 16:00      Networking Coffee Break

Panel II: Opportunities arising from the EU-Japan EPA

Moderator: Mr Ichiro Hara, Director, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren

16:00 – 16:15      Keynote presentation by Mr Tomohiro Kaneko, Director-General, Planning Department, JETRO

16:15 – 16:50      Comments (6 min each):             

  • Mr Björn Kongstad, Policy Director, European Business Council
  • Mr Yasuo Aoki, Director General, International Department, JAMA
  • Mr Jun Nakaya, Chairperson, Trade Policy Committee, JEITA
  • Dr Philippe de Taxis du Poët, General Co-Manager, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

16:50 – 17:10      Discussion

17:10 – 17:25      Closing remarks

17:30 - 19.00       Cocktail reception

 

DAY 2 - 14 November

8:30 – 9:00      Registration

Master of Ceremony: Mr Georgi Stoev

Technological change (digitalization, robotization, artificial intelligence) and its impact on the labour market

Moderator: Ms Erika Koller, Member of the EU-Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

9:00 – 9:05          Opening remarks by Ms Eve Päärendson, President of the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Panel I                Opportunities and challenges associated with technological change

9:05 – 9:20          Introduction by Toshimitsu Takamatsu, Senior Coordinator for Labour Policy Planning, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan

9:20 – 10:20        Comments (12 min each):           

  • Ms Naoko Ogawa, Senior Manager, Industrial Technology Bureau, Keidanren
  • Mr Hajime Urushibara, Director, Employment Measures Divison, JTUC-RENGO
  • Mr Hirofumi Sugano, Deputy Director, Section for comprehensive coordination of digital policies, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Ms Nobuko Nagase, Ph.D, Professor of Labor Economics and Social Policy, Adviser to President, Ochanomizu University

10:20 – 10:40      Discussion

10:40 – 11:00      Networking Coffee Break

Panel II: Skills demand / new forms of work

11:00 – 11:15      Introduction by Ms Yumiko Murakami, Head of the OECD Tokyo Centre

Moderator: Mr Krzysztof Pater, Member of the EU-Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee, President of the EESC Labour Market Observatory

11:15 -11:55        Comments (6 min each):             

  • Mr Daichi Harada, Director, Office for International Cooperation Planning, International Affairs Division, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
  • Ms Akiko Taguchi, Director of ILO Office for Japan
  • Dr Masahiro Fukuhara, CEO, Institution for a Global Society
  • Ms Erika Koller, Member of the EESC-Japan Follow-Up Committee in the European Economic and Social Committee

11:55 – 12:20      Discussion

12:20 – 12:40      Closing remarks

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