Date and venue

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) will host the B20 Tokyo Summit on 14 (Thursday) and 15 (Friday) March 2019 at Keidanren Kaikan in Tokyo.


The overarching theme of the Summit will be "Society 5.0 for SDGs".


Due to the capacity constraint of facility, the participants in the B20 Tokyo Summit (e.g. panelists, moderators, gust speakers, etc.) will be invitation only.

Each national business federation of the G20 member countries has a mandate to select and nominate the attendees to the Summit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the date of the B20 Tokyo Summit so early?

You may find the date a little too early compared to the usual B20 Summits, but please do understand that the timing later than the second quarter of the year simply could not be appropriate to hold the B20, due to a series of extremely important domestic and international events that will take place in 2019 in Japan. These include:

April (TBD) Nationwide Local Elections
30 April (Tue) Emperor to be abdicated from the throne (* for the first time ever in the modern history of Japan)
1 May (Wed) Prince to succeed to the Imperial Throne
28 (Fri) - 29 (Sat) June G20 Osaka Summit
July (TBD) Upper House Elections
28 (wed) - 30 (Fri) August TICAD VII (Africa Summit) @ Yokohama
20 September (Fri) - 2 November (Sat) Rugby World Cup 2019 (* for the first time ever in Asia)
1 October (Tue) Consumption Tax Hike (8% ⇒ 10%)
22 October (Tue) Enthronement Ceremony (* Heads of States will be invited from all around the world)

How can I take part in the B20 Tokyo Summit?

The B20 Tokyo Summit is structured on a national business federation basis, unlike the recent B20 summits in the past several years.

This method enables us to effectively gather and collate various opinions in the limited time for preparation. Given the very short period of time between the handover of presidency from Argentina (1 December 2018) and the B20 Summit (14-15 March 2019), it is not realistic, financially-sensible and physically-viable to organise taskforces on each policy area and hold face-to-face meetings, as has been the case with the recent B20s.

Against this backdrop, we have been closely communicating with business federations in respective countries, and would encourage you to contact any of these organisations in case you wish to participate in the Summit, including its drafting process of joint recommendations. In addition, several international economic organisations are among the invitees. If you may find it appropriate, you are encouraged to get in touch with these organisations. Please refer to Leadership.