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Press Conference by Minister Seko (excerpted version)

*Note: This is a provisional translation for reference purpose only.

9:58 - 10:07 a.m.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Press Conference Room, METI

Opening Remarks

Ministerial Conference on Hydrogen

Minister Seko: Good morning. First, let me start with one topic. METI decided to hold a ministerial conference on hydrogen on October 23 this year in Tokyo, with participants ranging from Cabinet ministers, government officials to the private sector, who are taking a keen interest in hydrogen.
 Hydrogen is beginning to attract much attention from many countries as one of the key technologies to realize a decarbonized society. In order to promote utilizing hydrogen on a global scale in the future, it is important to share the vision among relevant countries and take steps together.
 For this purpose, having our sights set on the G20 Summit held in Japan next year, we would like to confirm at the conference each country’s innovative efforts, cutting-edge knowledge, possibility of international cooperation, as well as discuss future directions. Japan would take the lead in sharing the global vision of hydrogen utilization among participating countries.
 For further details, please contact the division in charge later.

Question-and-Answer Session

Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit

Q: The Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit will be held tomorrow. As a minister in charge of trade issues, what are your thoughts on the subjects to be discussed and expected outcomes?

A: As for the agenda of the summit, I would like to refrain from making any predictive comments at this time. But I think, naturally, trilaterally-common economic topics such as Japan-China-ROK FTA, RCEP, or responses to market distorting measures are likely to be discussed.
 In addition to the summit, bilateral meetings between economic-government officials will be held alongside, so we would also like to have fruitful discussions at those meetings.

Ministerial Conference on Hydrogen

Q: As for the Ministerial Conference on Hydrogen, how many countries do you encourage to participate, and what is your expectation of the scale? Also please tell us again about the purpose of the conference.

A: As this is the first conference I cannot say definitively about the scale, but I am currently encouraging as many countries as possible in various occasions including my recent business trip during Golden Week.
 At any rate, hydrogen is gaining global attention, so the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos took it up as one of the major topics this year as well. As Japan much leading the world technologically in this field, we would like to have as many countries as possible for this conference and take initiative in discussions.

Last updated:2018-05-09