Japan-EU Relations
The 8th Japan-Baltic Seminar

"Foreign Policies of Japan and the Baltic States -Response to the issues Europe is facing-"
Co-hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and EUIJ Waseda

January 20, 2016
Japanese

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will invite leaders and influential individuals from the Baltic States to Japan and host the Japan-Baltic Seminar to promote mutual understanding and to further strengthen the friendly relations. The theme of this year's seminar, which is in its 8th year is "Foreign Policies of Japan and the Baltic States – Response to the issues Europe is facing – ". During the first half of the seminar, the respective foreign policies of the Baltic States and the Japanese foreign policy towards the Baltic States will be presented. During the second half of the seminar, response of Japan and the Baltic States towards the current issues which Europe is facing such as the unity of the EU, situation of Russia and Ukraine as well as the refugee and immigrant crisis will be discussed.

Time and Date: 28 January 2016 (Thu.) 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Venue: International Conference Centre, Waseda campus, Waseda University (PDF)Open a New Window (No.18 of the map in the link above)

Session 1 (sub theme): Japan's diplomatic relations with the Baltic States and prioritized foreign policies of the Baltics States
Session 2 (sub theme): Views of Japan and the Baltic States regarding the issues which Europe is facing

Language: English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
(Free of charge)

Co-hosted by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and EUIJ Waseda

Speakers:
[Estonia]
Mr. Juhan Parts, Member of Parliament (former Prime Minister)
Mr. Andres Kasekamp, Professor of Baltic Politics in the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu

[Latvia]
Mr. Rets Plesums, Ambassador, Director of 2nd Bilateral Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Andis Kudors, Executive Director, Centre for East European Policy Studies

[Lithuania]
Mr. Robertas Sapronas, Director, International Relations and Operations Department, Ministry of Defense
Mr. Tomas Janeliunas, Professor, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University

[Japan]
(TBC)

Programme:

2:30-2:50 pm Opening remarks and introduction of the speakers
2:50-3:50 pm Session 1: Japan’s diplomatic relations with the Baltic States and prioritized foreign policies of the Baltic States, and Q&A from the floor
3:50-4:10 pm Coffee break
4:10-5:50 pm Session 2: Views of Japan and the Baltic States regarding the issues which Europe is facing, including free discussion and Q&A from the floor
5:50-6:00 pm Closing remarks

Even though participation without prior registration is possible, prior registration to the seminar is highly recommended.
For prior registration, please send the following information either by e-mail or by fax by 12:00 on 27 January (Wed.).

E-mail: JBSeminar0128@nissansha.co.jp
Fax: 03-5652-8690

Necessary information:

  1. Title: "Registration for the Japan Baltic Seminar on 28 Jan."
  2. Name
  3. Organisation and title/position
  4. Contact information
  5. How you became aware of this seminar

For inquiries related to registration:
Secretariat for the 8th Japan-Baltic Seminar (Nissansha Inc.)
Tel : 03-5652-8687

For inquiries regarding the seminar:
Western Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Tel: 03-5501-8296 (direct)