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State Minister Takagi Visited Europe

From May 2 to 7, 2015, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Europe to participate in the energy policy dialogue, to have meetings with officials including dignitaries in Europe regarding measures including trade and energy policies, and to perform other tasks.

1. Enhancement of cooperative bilateral relationships in the fields of trade and energy

(1) Holding the Second Poland-Japan Energy Policy Dialogue

State Minister Takagi and Mr. Tomasz Tomczykiewicz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy, held the Second Japan-Poland Energy Policy Dialogue, confirmed by the leaders of Japan and Poland at the time of the visit of Mr. Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland, to Japan in February 2015, and held discussions on the enhancement of the cooperative relationship in the energy field between Japan and Poland. They exchanged information on the energy situations and policies of both countries as well as opinions on measures, including cooperative projects to provide stable systems for utilizing renewable energy, in addition to the promotion of cooperation with Poland on clean coal technology including highly efficient coal power and in the field of nuclear power.

In order to achieve the two simultaneous goals of securement of energy security and CO2 emissions reduction, Poland has formulated energy strategies to utilize highly efficient coal power and to newly introduce nuclear power generation. Poland and Japan confirmed that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in the energy field has great potential.

Both countries agreed that the next policy dialogue will be held in Japan and that they will further deepen cooperation on energy, and signed a joint statement after the Dialogue.

(Announcement of results by Ministry of Economy of Poland)
http://www.mg.gov.pl/node/23783External Site Link (in Polish)


Mr. Takagi at Energy Policy Dialogue

Mr. Takagi signing joint statement

(2) Bilateral meetings with European dignitaries

1) Poland

  1. Meeting with Mr. Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy

    State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, and they exchanged opinions toward the development of strategic partnerships based on the February 2015 joint statement by the leaders of both countries. As for energy, they agreed that they will continue to deepen cooperation in a wide range of fields including the field of clean coal technology and nuclear power.

    Poland expressed appreciation for the direct investment by Japanese companies in Poland and also mentioned that Poland will continue to provide support relating to the promotion of the investments of Japanese companies, and Japan requested further support. Furthermore, both countries agreed that they will continue to cooperate toward reaching an agreement in principal of the EPA negotiations during 2015.
    In addition, Japan requested support for the registration of the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” as World Heritage sites and obtained Poland’s approval.

    (Announcement of results by the Ministry of Economy of Poland)
    http://www.mg.gov.pl/node/23783 External Site Link (in Polish)

  2. Meeting with Mr. Zdzisław Gawlik, Secretary of State of Ministry of Treasury

    State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Zdzisław Gawlik, State Secretary of the Ministry of Treasury, and exchanged opinions on the promotion of cooperation in the energy field. In particular, State Minister Takagi requested the support of the energy-related state operated enterprises under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Treasury for the promotion of concrete and steady cooperation. State Secretary Zdzisław Gawlik expressed appreciation particularly for the fact that many of the large-scale construction projects including the construction of Kozienice Coal-fired Power Plant have been steadily conducted through cooperation with Japanese companies, as well as welcoming the fact that Japan has a policy to the effect that Japanese companies will participate in new projects including construction of nuclear power plants and expressed expectations.

    (Announcement of outcomes by the Ministry of Treasury of Poland)

    http://www.msp.gov.pl/pl/media/aktualnosci/29709,Japonczycy-zainteresowani-udzialem-w-budowie-elektrowni-jadrowej-w-Polsce.html External Site Link (in Polish)


State Minister Takagi and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Piechociński 

State Minister Takagi and State Secretary Gawlik

2) The Czech Republic

  1. Meeting with Ing. Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade

    State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Ing. Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade, and they agreed that they will continue to cooperate toward a substantial agreement on the Japan-EU EPA before the end of 2015 in order to further enhance the bilateral economic relationship between Japan and the Czech Republic. Also, State Minister Takagi introduced Japan’s efforts for expansion of inward direct investment and requested continued support for the business expansion of Japanese companies in the Czech Republic. Also, as for issues concerning energy security, they exchanged a wide range of opinions on the direction of the future energy policies of both Japan and the Czech Republic including policies in coal-fired thermal power and nuclear power.

  2. Meeting with Mr. Pavel Šolc, Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry

    State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Pavel Šolc, Deputy Minister for Energy and Industry, and Mr. Šolc explained the trends in the energy policies of Europe and energy concepts that are to be approved by the Cabinet of the Czech Republic in the near future. Also, they exchanged a wide range of opinions on the potential for future cooperation in energy including coal-fired thermal power and nuclear power between Japan and the Czech Republic.


    State Minister Takagi and Minister Mládek

    State Minister Takagi and Deputy Minister Šolc

  3. Meeting with Mr. Václav Bartuška, Special Envoy for Energy Security

    State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Václav Bartuška, Special Envoy for Energy Security and they discussed the potential for cooperation in the energy field between Japan and the Czech Republic. Also, they exchanged opinions on matters such as the prospects for future policies on energy including nuclear power, such as the impact of changes in the international energy market environment on energy security in the Central and Eastern European areas.

    State Minister Takagi and Ambassador-at-Large Bartuška

2. Enhancement of multilateral energy cooperation

(1) Meeting with IAEA Director General Amano

State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and they exchanged opinions on the current situation of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. State Minister Takagi expressed his gratitude for the Decommissioning Review conducted in February 2015, and explained the overall results of the comprehensive risk review. They agreed on the importance of communication with domestic and foreign entities and that appropriate delivery of information to the world will continue to be conducted in cooperation with the IAEA in the future.


State Minister Takagi and IAEA Director General Amano

(2) Meeting with His Excellency Mr. Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, OPEC

State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and they exchanged opinions on expectations for the general assembly of OPEC, which is to be held on June 5th, and future trends in international crude oil prices. Also, they shared the view that in the face of the drastically changing international petroleum market, it is important for oil producing countries and oil consuming countries to continue to conduct dialogues to ensure adequate mutual understanding.


State Minister Takagi and Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri

3. Other matters

With the opportunity provided by this visit to Europe, State Minister Takagi visited a site where final disposal site of high-level radioactive waste is to be carried out (ONKALO) in Finland. A tunnel extending over 5 kilometers is being drilled at a depth of 400 meters, where spent fuel is to be buried. State Minister Takagi was informed that toward the beginning of operations in about 2020, the excavation is being conducted while ascertaining the underground structure by excavating the tunnel in a spiral manner. Underground, various demonstration tests have been conducted on the impacts of the temperatures produced by spent fuel on the geology of the area, the impact of water pressure on the disposal pits, and the like. It was found that the technology including tunnel excavation technology that Japanese companies already possess can be adequately utilized for the construction of final disposal facilities in Japan.

In addition, State Minister Takagi exchanged opinions with Mr. Janne Mokka, President of Posiva, which is an entity that is to operate the final disposal facility. Posiva is a joint investment company formed with investments from two nuclear power plants operators in Finland, and therefore the private companies that generate spent fuel will responsibly disposed. They exchanged opinions concerning the ideal state of communication with people in the area and how to advance the selection of a location, based on their experience in these matters.

The final disposal facility is being constructed on the grounds of the existing Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant. Also, a spent fuel interim storage facility and a waste disposal facility for the decommissioning of existing nuclear reactors are additionally being built on the grounds of the Power Plant. (From the front of the photograph: Unit 2, Unit 1, and Unit 3. Unit 3 is now being built by the French company Areva, but the schedule has experienced delays.)


Inside of final disposal facility construction site

State Minister Takagi and President of Posiva


Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant

Release date

May 12, 2015

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