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METI State Minister Matsushima Visited Norway and Spain

From August 25 (Mon.) to 28 (Thurs.), 2014, Ms. Midori Matsushima, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Stavanger and Oslo, the Kingdom of Norway, and Málaga, Spain.

In Stavanger, Norway, State Minister Matsushima attended the ONS Summit 2014, an international conference concerning energy issues, where worldwide ministers and executives of the energy-related enterprises are brought together, and she presented a speech concerning Japan’s energy policy, as well as discussing such issues with the worldwide leaders in the field of energy.

In Oslo, with officials from the Norwegian government and people related to the local enterprises in the field, she exchanged views concerning the leading case examples of policies for encouraging women’s success in the workplace. This effort aims to further encourage Japanese women to succeed in the workplace, which is one of the actively-sought goals in the revised 2014 Japan Revitalization Strategy decided by the Cabinet in June 2014.

In Málaga, Spain, State Minister Matsushima visited NEDO’s Smart Community demonstration site and confirmed the achievements in the demonstration project. At the same time, she and the mayor of Málaga, as well as other officials, discussed issues concerning the dissemination and expansion of achievements in the demonstration project as a model case.

1. Norway

1) Stavanger (ONS Summit)


Presenting a speech at the ONS Summit

State Minister Matsushima attended the ONS Summit 2014, an international conference concerning energy issues, where worldwide ministers and executives of the energy-related enterprises were brought together to discuss the issues. The participants discussed a theme focusing on how the change in the supply-demand balance of energy would have an impact on member countries’ energy policies and business. At the sessions concerning the energy supply-demand balance and the security, she presented a speech concerning Japan’s energy policy, focusing on its Strategic Energy Plan, along with Ms. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the IEA, and Mr. Helge Lund, CEO of Statoil.

In addition, she paid courtesy calls on H.E. Mr. Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince, and H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway. She also exchanged views with ministers from the countries participating in the summit.

 

2) Oslo


Meeting with H.E. Ms. Solveig Horne, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion

Norway is a leading country for the initiative of encouraging women’s success in the workplace. State Minister Matsushima had a meeting in the country with H.E. Ms. Solveig Horne, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, who is involved in gender equality initiatives. State Minister Matsushima introduced the Japanese government’s initiative for encouraging women’s success in the workplace, and both sides exchanged views concerning the current state of Norway’s policy for promoting gender equality as well as the challenges therein.

In addition, State Minister Matsushima attended a meeting organized by H.E. Ms. Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and exchanged views with female business owners from the related fields and government officials. She then received explanations from them concerning the initiatives for fostering female management, an effort conducted by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) in the country, as well as exchanging views with them on the future directions of the Japan-Norway cooperation in the field.

2. Málaga, Spain

State Minister Matsushima visited a Smart Community demonstration site, NEDO’s project being advanced in Málaga for demonstrating an energy management system making use of electric vehicles. She confirmed the progress of the project and exchanged views with the project practitioner concerning the future direction of the project. Furthermore, she had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Málaga, and requested the city to cooperate in the demonstration of car-sharing and other services, aiming at the further popularization of electric vehicles. Both sides also exchanged views on the future measures for disseminating the initiative across Spain, as well as in Latin American countries, with which Spain has close relationships, by introducing the achievements in the demonstration project as a model case.


Visiting the Smart Community demonstration site (quick charger station), developed by NEDO

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Francisco de la Torre Prados, Mayor of Málaga

Release Date

August 29, 2014

Division in Charge

  • International Affairs Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI
  • Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Policy Planning Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
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