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METI Minister Seko Visits the Kingdom of Belgium

From March 9 (Fri.) to 11 (Sun.), 2018, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium.

On March 10 (Sat), he held bilateral meetings each with H.E. Dr. Robert Emmet Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), and H.E. Dr. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, the EU. Following this, he attended the Second Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting.

1. Meeting with US Trade Representative Lighthizer

At the meeting with Ambassador Lighthizer, Minister Seko expressed Japan’s regret over the US government’s decision on imposing tariffs based on Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. He explained that steel and aluminum imports from Japan, which is a U.S. ally, do not negatively affect American national security and these products have always contributed to the growth of U.S. industries and the creation of jobs, and requested the United States to exclude Japan from the targets of such actions. Following this, both countries exchanged views in advance of the Second Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting.

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2. Meeting with EU Commissioner for Trade Malmström

At the meeting with Commissioner Malmström, Minister Seko mentioned the US actions involving Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act and explained that global society should strive to overcome the crux of the issue, i.e., solving the problem of global overcapacity of products in the iron and steel industry and correcting market distortion by third countries and retaliating with unilateral, non-WTO compliant measures would not benefit any country. Following this, both sides exchanged views in advance of the Second Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting.

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3. Second Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting

The Second Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting was held bringing together Minister Seko, US Trade Representative Lighthizer and EU Commissioner for Trade Malmström. The trilateral talks produced quality discussions concerning future efforts to address market distortion by third countries. As an outcome of the meeting, they issued a joint readout of discussion, which is shown as the Appendix below.

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Appendix

Release date

March 11, 2018

Division in Charge

Information on the Japan, US and EU Trade Ministers Meeting:
Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau
Information on the Minister’s visit to Belgium:
Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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