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METI State Minister Takagi Visited Malaysia and Australia

From August 15 to 20, 2016, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Malaysia and Australia. In Malaysia, he held a meeting with the Minister of International Trade and Industry and delivered a policy speech at a seminar. In Australia, he visited the sites of two resource and infrastructure projects that Japanese companies are leading, and held a meeting with senior officials of the state government of Victoria.

1. Malaysia

(1) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry

State Minister Takagi held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry, and introduced the discussion results of the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) - METI Consultation Meeting in Lao PDR on August 6, 2016. At the same time, both sides exchanged views on the Japan-ASEAN relationship and the bilateral relationship between Japan and Malaysia. Minister Ong Ka Chuan stated that Malaysia welcomes contact from Japan concerning any challenges Japanese companies might be facing in Malaysia.

(2) Delivering a policy speech at the JACTIM-MICCI business seminar

State Minister Takagi attended the first business seminar, co-organized by the Japanese Chamber of Trade and Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM) and the Malaysia International Chamber of Trade and Industry (MICCI). At the seminar, he delivered a policy speech and declared that the government of Japan will aim to further advance the business collaboration between Japan and ASEAN, and to this end, will hold business matching events, which will contribute to creating new industries, develop systems, and propose policies taking into consideration the opinions of the business world.

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry

(Meeting with H.E. Mr. Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry)

(Delivering a policy speech at the business seminar)

(3) Visiting Perodua Auto Corporation

Aiming to further fortify the supply-chain connectivity between Japan and ASEAN, State Minister Takagi visited Perodua Auto Corporation, a car manufacturer in Malaysia. Striving to achieve high-quality products and high productivity, the company, which is receiving funding support from a Japanese company, has been providing meticulous human resource development programs and developing products best suited for road conditions in Malaysia. The visit inspired State Minister Takagi in terms of ideal approaches to the manufacturing industry in ASEAN economies.


(Visiting Perodua Auto Corporation)

2. Australia

(1) Visiting the site of the Ichthys LNG Project

In Australia, State Minister Takagi visited the site of the Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project, the world’s first large-scale LNG development, which INPEX Corporation, a Japanese company, is leading and operating. Under the project, production is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017 and about 5.70 million tons of LNG will be annually exported to Japan, accounting for about 7% of the total demand for natural gas in Japan. During the visit, State Minister Takagi toured onshore natural gas liquefaction plants in the suburbs of Darwin City, and confirmed the progress in the project through visiting liquefaction facilities, LNG reservoirs, and other sites. Along with this tour, he exchanged views with staff from Japanese companies participating in the construction of onshore plants for the project and confirmed their efforts at the construction and other sites.

(2) Visiting the site of the project for generating hydrogen from brown coal

In a public-private collaboration between Japan and Australia, a demonstration project is advancing in Victoria to construct a supply chain for liquid hydrogen in which hydrogen is produced from low-grade coal (brown coal) and is shipped to Japan. Under the project, efforts for demonstrating the following technologies are progressing: [i] those for gasifying brown coal, [ii] those for transferring a large amount of liquid hydrogen over a long distance, and [iii] those for loading liquid hydrogen. During the visit, State Minister Takagi toured a brown coal mine in the Latrobe Valley region, Victoria. At the site, through exchanging views with business operators from Japan and Australia, he helped raise awareness of the importance of efficient utilization of brown coal, an unused energy resource in Australia, and also confirmed the progress in the project.

(3) Meeting with officials of the state government of Victoria

State Minister Takagi held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria, and H.E. Mr. Wade Noonan, Minister for Resources, Victoria. Japan reconfirmed that both countries will continue to cooperate in smoothly conducting and facilitating the project for generating hydrogen from brown coal, an innovation-creating cooperation program between Japan and Australia. At the same time, both sides confirmed the expectation for enhanced development of economic exchange between Japan and Victoria through mission dispatch from Japan to Victoria and the Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference held in Melbourne in October 2016.

Release date

August 22, 2016

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