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State Minister Matsushima Visited the U.S. and Peru

From July 9 to 16, 2014, Ms. Midori Matsushima, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the U.S. and Peru.

In the U.S, State Minister Matsushima had a meeting with Mr. Bruce H. Andrews, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and discussed the future Japan-U.S. cooperation. She also visited demonstration facilities of the Smart Community Project in New Mexico, which is operated by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and had a briefing on storage batteries and electricity generators developed by Japanese enterprises.

In Peru, State Minister Matsushima had a meeting with Mr. Eleodoro Mayorga Alba, Minister of Energy and Mines, and requested suppressing obstructive behaviors against mining operations conducted by regional residents. In addition, both sides confirmed that they will advance bilateral cooperation for realizing geothermal power generation, including introducing Japanese technology to the country. She also had a meeting with Dr. Piero Ghezzi Solís, Minister of Production, and exchanged views on making use of Japan’s knowledge about SME policies in developing the National Plan of Productive Diversification (Plan Nacional de Diversificacion Productiva), which the government of Peru is promoting. At the meeting with Mr. Edgar Vasquez, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, she requested the improvement of the business environment in Peru, including developing infrastructures and solving labor issues, as well as the early holding of the consultation meeting of Pacific Alliance, which Japan has joined as an observer.

1. U.S.

Washington D.C.: July 10 (Thurs.)

At the meeting with Mr. Bruce Andrews, U.S. Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce, State Minister Matsushima described the outline of Japan’s growth strategy, efforts for expanding inward direct investment, and cooperation in the field of energy. In response, Acting Deputy Secretary Andrews stated that the U.S. places a high value on the Japan-U.S. friendship, expects progress in the TPP negotiations, will schedule for Secretary of Commerce Pritzker’s visit to Japan in October 2014, and anticipates potential cooperation in the fields of medicines/medical equipment and energy.

Los Alamos and Albuquerque, New Mexico: July 11 (Fri.)

State Minister Matsushima visited the facilities in Los Alamos and Albuquerque which are demonstration sites for the Smart Community Project operated by NEDO. At the sites, she exchanged views respectively with the Chairman of Los Alamos County and the Vice President of the University of New Mexico. She also had briefing from the staff of Japanese enterprises, which participate in the demonstration project, on their major facilities, including energy maintenance systems, storage batteries and electricity generators.

2. Peru

Lima: July 14 (Mon.)

Meeting with Mr. Eleodoro Mayorga Alba, Minister of Energy and Mines

At the meeting with Minister Mayorga, State Minister Matsushima requested the minister to take measures to suppress illegal obstructive behaviors conducted by regional residents against the zinc and copper mining sites in which many Japanese enterprises invest. In response, Minister Mayorga showed his appreciation for the current contribution of the Japanese government and enterprises to the regional societies, and also declared that Peru, jointly with regional government-related organizations, will tackle this issue to solve it as quickly as possible.

In addition, concerning the thermal power generation project which the government of Peru is developing, State Minister Matsushima, as a top-level sales representative, called for Peru’s attention to Japanese electricity generators for thermal power generation, the world’s highest-level technology, the technology of which the government of Peru is developing. Furthermore, they agreed to establish a framework for intergovernmental cooperation, aiming to realize the first joint project in this field as well as to cooperate in holding seminars in the country for the purpose of raising public awareness on the effectiveness of Japanese technology.

Meeting with Dr. Piero Ghezzi Solís, Minister of Production, and Mr. Octavio Edilberto Salazar Miranda, Chairman of the Committee of Production, SMEs and Cooperatives, Congress of Peru

At the meeting with Minister Ghezzi, State Minister Matsushima mentioned the National Plan of Productive Diversification, a policy that the government of Peru formulated in May 2014 for the purpose of fostering industries other than the mining area, and based on this fact, they exchanged views concerning industrial policies, including measures for encouraging SMEs and for fostering the manufacturing industry, considering Japan’s experience of operating SME policies. Both sides agreed to develop Japan-Peru cooperation, including Japan’s dispatch of experts on SME policies to Peru, so as to provide support for Japanese enterprises that develop business in the country.

In addition, she also exchanged views with Chairman Salazar, a member of the congress, who is also a chairman of a board of production, SMEs and associations. Chairman Salazar visited Japan in April this year to study Japan’s SME policies and contributed to formulating Peru’s national plan. Following the talk, they agreed to cooperate in improving the Japan-Peru business environment and in fostering future industries in Peru, also in terms of legislation.

Meeting with Mr. Edgar Vasquez, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade

At the meeting with Vice Minister Vasquez, State Minister Matsushima explained to the vice minister about the challenges that Japanese enterprises face in developing business in Peru, including improving infrastructures, such as roads, railways and harbors, streamlining emigration and immigration control and improving public safety, and encouraged him to solve these issues. In response, Vice Minister Vasquez stated that Peru will endeavor to cooperate with Japan to adequately deal with these issues, and they agreed to hold Sub-Committee on Improvement of the Business Environment under the Japan-Peru EPA Agreement as early as possible.

In addition, both sides exchanged opinions on the future directions of Japan’s cooperation with member countries (Mexico, Columbia, Peru and Chile) of the Pacific Alliance, which Japan has joined as an observer, and Japan requested early holding of the consultation meeting of the Alliance.

Meeting with Mr. Claudio de la Puente Ribeyro, Vice Minister of Foreign Relations

At the meeting with Vice Minister de la Puente, who was newly appointed, State Minister Matsushima exchanged views on the bilateral relationship and further enhancement of the relationship between Japan and the member countries of the Pacific Alliance.

Release Date

July 23, 2014

Division in Charge

  • Information on the visit to the U.S.
    Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau
  • Information on the visit to Peru:
    Latin America and Caribbean Office, Trade Policy Bureau
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