Luncheon with the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland).

IJCC members, and friends of the IJCC, please join us in welcoming the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland) to Japan.   

On September 28th, the IJCC will host a luncheon at the Roppongi Hills Club. We'll be joined by the Tánaiste who will share her thoughts on her trade mission to Japan, on recent developments in EU-Japan economic relations and the future of the Ireland-Japan business relationship. The theme of the event is "Recent developments in EU-Japan relations and opportunities for the Ireland, EU and Japan business relationship.".

A unique opportunity to ask your questions to the Tánaiste, who is also the Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.

We will also be joined by the Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan, Danny Risberg, and the Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, to give their perspectives on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which was recently agreed in principle. 

Event: Luncheon with the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) of Ireland and special guest speakers  

Location: Roppongi Hills Club, Roppongi, Tokyo

Date: September 28th  

Time: 12.00pm to 2pm  

Theme: Recent developments in EU-Japan relations and opportunities for the Ireland, EU and Japan business relationship.


Y6,500 for IJCC members and Y8,000 for non-members.

Corporate Members can invite up to 4 people at the Member’s price. Professional Members can invite up to 2 people at the Member’s price

Reservation: Please send an email to secretariat [at] ( )

with your name, company names, and names of other guests attending by Thursday 21, September 2017.

NB: Cancellation Deadline Friday, 22 September 2017. Once reserved, cancellations after this date and no shows will be fully invoiced.


11.30am - Doors Open

12.00pm - Lunch Starts

12.30pm - Welcome speech by EU Ambassador to Japan

12.35pm - Speech by the Chairman of EBC

12.45pm - Keynote speech by the Tánaiste.  Followed by Q&A.

1.30pm - 2.00pm - Tea, Coffee, Networking

2.00pm - Doors Close


  • Frances Fitzgerald TD. Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation  
  • Danny Risberg. Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan and CEO of Philips Electronics Japan Ltd.  
  • Viorel Isticioaia-Budura. Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Head of the Delegation.  



Frances Fitzgerald TD  


Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation  

Frances Fitzgerald serves as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Her priorities include driving employment growth and investment in Ireland, especially outside the greater Dublin area, expanding our enterprise agencies presence abroad and ensuring Ireland is business ready for Brexit.  

She is a TD (Member of Parliament) for the constituency of Dublin Mid-West, a former social worker and a parliamentarian for over 20 years.

Danny Risberg   


Danny Risberg is a member of the board of directors and holds the position of Chairman of Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd. and as the Chairman of the European Business Counsel in Japan (EBC).

He currently holds the position of Chairman of the European Business Council/European (EU) Chamber of Commerce in Japan (EBC), which is the trade policy arm of the 18 European national chambers of commerce and business organisations in Japan. The EBC currently represents more than 2,500 local European companies and individuals who are members of their national chambers of commerce. Some 250 of these companies participate directly in the EBC’s 26 sector-based committees.

Before taking up the position of EBC Chairman from February 2014, he served as the Vice-Chairman of the organisation. He is also active as the Chairman of the EBC’s largest committee, the Medical Equipment and Diagnostics Committee, a position he has held for several years. In addition to these activities, he is a member of the EU-Japan Business Roundtable (BRT) in two capacities.

As the Chairman of the EBC, he serves as the Co-Chair for Europe of the BRT Working Party on Trade Relations, Investment and Regulatory Cooperation, and as the CEO of Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd., he is an active member of the Working Party on Life Science and Biotechnology, Healthcare and Well-Being. Professional and Personal

Viorel Isticioaia-Budura  


H.E. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura is Ambassador of the European Union to Japan since December 2014.

From 2011 to October 2014, he served as Managing Director of the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service. Previously, he served as Ambassador of Romania to the People's Republic of China from October 2002 to January 2011 and Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Korea from June 2000 to October 2002. Having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, he has had a range of other postings including Beijing (1985-1990), Tokyo (1992-1996), and London (1998-2000). Other assignments at headquarter have included periods in multilateral affairs.

H.E. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura was born in 1952 and speaks English, French and Chinese as foreign languages. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chinese language and Literature from Nankai University (Tianjin) and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Bucharest.

Event Details

  • Sep 28th 2017
  • 12:00 ~ 14:00
  • Roppongi Hills Club
  • Y6,500 for IJCC members and Y8,000 for non-members.