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Date : April 1, 2022

The Japanese Economy and the Debate Surrounding the Economic Security Promotion Act (Prof. Akira Igata, Executive Director/Visiting Professor, Tama Univ. CRS)

post date : 2022.03.18

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has described economic security policy as an urgent issue and an important pillar of his “new capitalism.” The Economic Security Promotion Act (ESPA) was approved by Cabinet in late February, with the goal of passing it during the current Diet session. In addition to the continuing opposition between the US and China, heightened geopolitical risks such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have highlighted the importance of economic security, and there is increased activity toward debating the act.


The FPCJ has invited Prof. Akira Igata, Executive Director and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule-making Strategies (CRS) of Tama University, an expert in economic security policy whose comments are often picked up by the media. He will discuss the key points for the Diet debate on the act and its outcome, the impact it will have on the Japanese economy and Japanese businesses, and what issues exist. Prof. Igata is also an Economic Security Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and a Senior Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, a US-based thinktank, as well as providing advice to Japanese politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties, government agencies, and businesses.


■Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be a Zoom webinar. 

■Date: April 1 (Fri), 2022, 14:00-15:30 (Deadline for application: Noon, March 31)

■Theme: The Japanese Economy and the Debate Surrounding the Economic Security Promotion Act (ESPA)

Briefer: Prof. Akira Igata, Executive Director/ Visiting Professor, Center for Rule-making Strategies (CRS), Tama University

Language: Japanese, with consecutive English translation


As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.
*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on March 31. As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).

■How to Apply: Please refer to either the email or fax we sent.

*We will not be accepting applications by email.

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