24th EU-Japan Business Round Table Annual Meeting - 15 November 2022 - "EU & JAPAN – GOING DIGITAL, GOING GREEN"


Submission of the BRT's 2022 Recommendations to PM Kishida

Tokyo - 17 January 2023 - Masaki Sakuyama (former BRT Chair, Japan-side and former Senior Advisor to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Nikolaus Boltze (BRT Member, representing Philippe Wahl, BRT Chair, EU-side) submitted the BRT's 2022 Recommendations to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The handover was reported (in Japanese) on the websites of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and EU Delegation to Japan.

Left to right: Mr Boltze, Mr Sakuyama, PM Kishida

Photo credit: Source - Official Website of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet (

Detailed information about the handover can be found here. Links to articles and social media posts about the handover can be found here. For the text of the recommendations please see below.


Report on the 24th BRT Annual Meeting

The 24th Annual Meeting took place at the Tokyo Kaikan, and online on 15 November 2022.

It was the final meeting co-chaired by Masaki Sakuyama (Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, La Poste Groupe). At the end of the meeting, Nobuhiro Endo (Executive Advisor, NEC Corporation) succeeded Mr Sakuyama as chair of the BRT's Japan-side.

BRT co-Chairs, Philippe Wahl and Masaki Sakuyama

On the dedicated 2022 annual meetings cuttings webpage, you can find LinkedIn posts, tweets and other items reporting on the 2022 annual meeting. That webpage will be updated to add new material.

Japanese Government, EU Ambassador & BRT co-Chairs

The agenda for the day and Joint Recommendations communiqué


The BRT’s 2022 Recommendations... in Japanese



... in English




Senior Government of Japan participants


MIC     Mission of Japan to the EU

"Joint Session - Part 2" - clockwise from top left: Kenji Yamada (State Minister for Foreign Affairs), Shinichi Nakatani (State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry); Yasushi Masaki (Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Japan to the European Union); Ayano Kunimitsu (Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications)


Senior EU Authority participants



"Joint Session - Part 2" - clockwise from top left: Kerstin Jorna (DG GROW); Signe Ratso (DG RTD); Ambassador-Designate Jean-Eric Paquet & the BRT co-Chairs; Thomas Skordas (DG CNECT)


Presentations from the Green Alliance session



Presentations from the Digital Partnership session



Presentations from the Frontiers session



Below: A selection of photos from the meeting, click on an image to see an enlarged version.

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