A group of distinguished private citizens from all eight of the summit countries meets approximately three months prior to the event to discuss policy issues related to that year's summit agenda and propose policy solutions to the leaders of participating countries. During the fiscal year under review, preparations were made for the summit, scheduled to be held in Tokyo from April 10 to 12. The results of the conference will be offered to summit leaders as policy proposals and released to the media.
G8 Preparatory Conference 2000 Members
Wendy Dobson (Director, Centre for International Business, University of Toronto; former President, C.D. Howe Institute; former Associate Deputy Minister of Finance)
Patrick Messerlin (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris; Director, Groupe d'Fconomie Mondiale de Science Politiques; former Senior Economist, Research Department, World Bank)
Thierry de Montbrial (Director, French Institute for International Relations)
Karl Kaiser (Otto Wolff Director, Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations―DGAP)
David Folkerts-Landau (Managing Director and Global Head of Research, Deutsche Bank)
Paolo Guerrieri (Senior Scientific Counsellor, Institute Affari Internazionali)
Renato Ruggiero (Vice Chairman, Salomon Smith Barney International; former Director-General, World Trade Organization)
Heizo Takenaka (President, The Tokyo Foundation; Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University)
Toyoo Gyohten (President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs)
Yoichi Funabashi (Chief Diplomatic Correspondent and Columnist, Asahi Shimbun)
Boris Fedorov (former Finance Minister)
John Chipman (Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies)
Leon Brittain (former Vice-President and Commissoner for External Economic Affairs, European Commission)
Fred Bergsten (Director, Institute for International Economics)
Henry Kissinger (former Secretary of State)
Paul Volker (former Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)
Robert Zoellick (former Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs)
These seminars are held to discuss timely policy issues and potential subjects of The Tokyo Foundation's research with guests who are active in policy areas. They are breakfast meetings for wide-ranging, high-level, informal talk by a small, relatively closed group of 10-20 participants.
No.14 April 1999
"The East Asian Crisis and the IMF"
Sayuri Shirai (Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University; Visiting Research Fellow, The Tokyo Foundation)
No.15 May 1999
"Japan's Banking Sector: its Current Status and Prospects"
Yukiko Ohara (Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Securities Company)
No.16 June 1999
"The Asian Monetary Fund Plan"
Takatoshi Ito (Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
No.17 July 1999
"Recent Conditions in the Financial Sector"
Kazuo Ueda (Policy Board, Bank of Japan)
No.18 Oct. 1999
"Is the Reorganization of the Central Bureaucracy into One Office and Twelve Ministries Proceeding in Accordance with the Administrative Reform Council's Decisions?"
Kiyoshi Mizuno (Co-Chairman, Seven Hundred Citizens Who Promote Administrative Reform in Order to Reconstruct Japan; former Member of the House of Representatives)
These monthly seminars provide a fairly open networking forum at which 15-30 participants from diverse fields, mainly relatively young lecturers, discuss a variety of domestic and international topics. The atmosphere is relaxed, and many seminars are followed by informal talk.