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Conference Outline

Dates to be Held

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 January 2015


Marine Hall, 4th Floor, Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center


Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development Executive Committee (Niigata Prefecture, City of Niigata, and ERINA)

Conference Objectives

To deepen expertly the discussion on a number of issues for bringing about lasting socioeconomic development in Northeast Asia, on the summaries and investigations of the state of development of measures in each country, and on the direction of policies which ought to be taken; to pass on that information and make policy proposals to the countries and regions concerned; and to further multilateral and interregional cooperation..

Program (under preparation)

DAY ONE (Thursday 29 January 2015)

Opening Session:  13:30 to 15:30
Opening Addresses: The Governor of Niigata Prefecture, the Mayor of the City of Niigata, etc.
Keynote Address: The Antagonism between the EU and Russia and Its Political and Economic Impact on Northeast Asia
Yuji KUROKAWA (Lecturer, College of International Relations, Nihon University (Former Ambassador of Japan to Ukraine))
Keynote Address: The Changing International Order and Northeast Asia: In the Light of China’s Rise
Jyrki KALLIO (Senior Research Fellow, The Global Security research programme, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
Session A:
Various Aspects of the Ukraine Crisis in Northeast Asia  15:45 to 17:45
What kind of effect has the Ukraine crisis had on Northeast Asia? We will explore the issue from a variety of angles, from the perspective of international law, the impact of economic sanctions on the Russian economy, the influence on Japan–Russia affairs, through to the increasing closeness of China and Russia.
■ Reception:  Hotel Nikko Niigata 31st Floor Observation Deck  18:30 to 20:00

DAY TWO (Friday 30 January 2015)

Session B:
The Point Reached by the TPP and the Future Prospects Thereof   10:00 to 12:00
The TPP negotiations are entering the home stretch. Along with clarifying the relationship between the point attained and the Japanese economy, we will explore the future prospects, including the Japan–China–ROK FTA, and RCEP.
Session C:
New Developments for Transportation Routes Linking Europe and Asia   13:30 to 15:30
We will discuss the future prospects based on the latest initiatives, such as the moves toward the construction of new transportation routes, including Arctic Ocean shipping routes and the New Silk Road, and efforts for the improvement of service on the existing Siberian rail routes..
■ Closing Remarks:  15:30 to 15:45
NISHIMURA, Yoshiaki Chairperson, Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development Executive Committee
Representative Director, ERINA


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