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State Minister Matsushima Visited France, Italy and Poland

From January 9 (Thurs) to 15 (Wed), 2014, Ms. Midori Matsushima, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited France, Italy and Poland. In France, she exchanged views with Mr. Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, as Japan will chair the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in 2014. She also had meetings with Mr. Carlo Calenda, Vice Minister for Economic Development of Italy as well as Mr. Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Poland, to discuss about promotion of the Japan-EU EPA and development of the bilateral economic relationship. In addition, as one of the top government officials, she conducted sales promotion for Cool Japan products, taking advantage of Milan Fashion Week.

1. France

Japan will serve as chair of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting to be held on May 6 and 7, 2014, marking the 50th anniversary of Japan joining the OECD. In light of such occasion, State Minister Matsushima had a meeting with Deputy Secretary-General Tamaki, aiming to exchange views concerning measures for demonstrating the recovery of the Japanese economy to the OECD member countries.

2. Rome, Italy

State Minister Matsushima had meetings with Vice Minister Calenda and Mr. Giorgio Zappa, President of the Italian side, Italy-Japan Business Group (IJBG), a political-business-government framework for exchanging views concerning business relationships between Japan and Italy.

Concerning the issues facing Japan-EU EPA, there is controversy regarding the EU member countries’ evaluation scheduled for this spring, on whether or not to continue the EPA negotiations with Japan, which is gaining public attention. Based on this fact, State Minister Matsushima had a meeting with Vice Minister Calenda and they agreed that Japan and Italy will endeavor to cooperate for an early conclusion of the EPA. At both the meetings, Japan and Italy agreed to further develop the Japan-Italy economic relationship by promoting the EPA and mutual investment, as well as deepening exchange efforts through Expo Milano, scheduled to be held in 2015.


State Minister Matsushima at the meeting with President Zappa

State Minister Matsushima at the meeting with Vice Minister Calenda

3. Milan, Italy

For the purpose of promoting the Cool Japan products, State Minister Matsushima attended the International Trade Fair, a side event of the Milan Fashion Week, as well as the Cool Japan World Trial, one of Japan’s efforts to promote business negotiations between Japanese SMEs that are considering advancing into foreign country and local buyers. Taking advantage of these events, she conducted sales promotion for Cool Japan products as one of the top government officials.

In addition, she had meetings with Mr. Raffaello Napoleone, President of Pitti Immagine, an Italian company that organizes various events, including one of the worlds-largest fashion exhibitions, called “Pitti Uomo.” At the meetings, they shared importance of fostering young Japanese designers for vitalizing the fashion industry.


State Minister Matsushima visiting Cool Japan World Trial

State Minister Matsushima at the meeting with Mr. Napoleone, President of Pitti Immagine

4. Poland

State Minister Matsushima had meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Piechociński, who visited Japan in October 2013, and Mr. Gawlik, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury, Poland.

At the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Piechociński, they agreed that the Japan-EU EPA is beneficial for developing both the Japanese and Polish economies and that it should be promoted.

In addition, they shared the view that it is important to encourage efficient use of coal, and that Japan and Poland will formulate a cooperation model aiming at the production and use of coal, as well as expand the model to the third counties.

State Minister Matsushima also had a meeting with Secretary of State Gawlik at the Ministry of Treasury, which supervises activities concerning the national electric power company and other national companies. Poland is a coal-producing country and currently faces an urgent need to update its coal-fired power plants, which have been used for more than 30 years—since the former socialist era. Based on this fact, State Minister Matsushima and Deputy Minister Gaurik agreed that it is necessary for Poland to utilize Japan’s technology for highly-efficient coal-fired power generation in Poland. In addition, she conveyed to Deputy Minister Gaurik that Japanese plant manufacturers, trading companies, and utility companies are highly interested in the projects of power companies in and the others Poland and she requested Poland to support activities for that purpose.

Furthermore, they exchanged views on the potential for bilateral cooperation at petrochemical plants and other projects.

State Minister Matsushima visited Kozienice, where an ultra-supercritical (USC) coal-fired power plant will be built by Hitachi, Ltd., which received the order, and had a briefing from the executive officers of Hitachi and ENEA, the project owner company in Poland, about the progress of the specific cooperative projects.


State Minister Matsushima at the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Piechociński

State Minister Matsushima at the meeting with Secretary of State Gawlik


State Minister Matsushima visiting Kozienice Coal-fired Power Plant

Release Date

January 17, 2014

Division in Charge

Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI
Creative Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Coal Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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