Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of RJIF, participated in the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission in Washington, D.C., held on March 24 to 26, 2017.
Dr. Funabashi has been a member of the commission since 1991.
The Trilateral Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, Europe, and North America to foster closer cooperation among these core industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system. The “growing interdependence” that impressed the founders of the Trilateral Commission in the early 1970s has deepened into “globalization.” As their conviction has strengthened that the Commission is more important than ever to help countries fulfill their shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system, the membership has widened to reflect broader changes in the world and thus the Japan Group has become a Pacific Asian Group.
During the three-day session each year, seminars and panel discussions on the present political and economic situation in the three regions are conducted by opinion leaders and government officials to report the result of joint research and exchange opinions.
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