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METI Minister Seko Visited the Federal Republic of Germany and the French Republic

From March 19 to 21, 2017, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Hannover in the Federal Republic of Germany, and Paris in the French Republic. In Hannover, taking the opportunity of CeBIT 2017, a global event for digital business, he held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany, and concluded the Hannover Declaration and other documents with Germany to deepen Japan-Germany cooperation concerning the fourth industrial revolution.

In addition, he also held a meeting with Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission (EC), and Ms. Vra Jourova, a Commissioner for the EC. The participants of the meeting issued a joint press statement in which they confirmed the importance of facilitating the free flow of information, industrial cooperation, and other efforts.

In France, Minister Seko and H.E. Ms. Segolene Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, concluded a Statement of Intent Concerning the Civil Nuclear Cooperation.

1. Meeting with Minister Zypries, Germany

Both sides welcomed the progress in Japan-Germany collaboration concerning the fourth industrial revolution, e.g., international standardization, cyber security, research and development, and SME collaboration, which have been undertaken in response to the joint statement issued by METI and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in April 2016. Following this, they concluded the Hannover Declaration, a compilation of past achievements and future efforts, a Joint Statement of Intent on Bilateral Co-operation in Research, Development and Innovation, and a Memorandum of Cooperation regarding Industrial Policy Aspects of Electric Mobility, Other Alternative Powertrains and Automated and Connected Vehicle.

Moreover, both sides affirmed the importance of Japan-Germany collaboration to lead global initiatives aiming to ensure the free flow of information and data across borders as an effort for realizing the fourth industrial revolution.

Taking this opportunity of Minister Seko’s visit to Germany, METI released a policy concept titled “Connected Industries” as a goal that Japanese industries should achieve. Under the policy concept, Japanese industries will strive to create new added value utilizing a variety of connections between them. METI will endeavor to promote a variety of measures to realize the policy concept.

2. Meeting with Vice President Ansip and Commissioner Jourová

To further facilitate the free flow of data between Japan and the EU, participants exchanged views on various issues related to data, including high-level dialogues, expert dialogues, promotion of inter-ministry/agency collaboration in advancing efforts, promotion of industrial cooperation and other issues, and finally issued the joint press statement with the conclusions from the discussion.

3. Conclusion of a Statement of Intent Concerning the Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Minister Royal (France)

In France, Minister Seko and Minister Royal concluded a Statement of Intent Concerning Civil Nuclear Cooperation, aiming to fortify Japan-France industrial cooperation, and joint research and development, in the field of nuclear power.


Release date

March 22, 2017

Division in Charge

  • Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
  • Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
  • Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
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