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METI Minister Seko Visited Thailand and Viet Nam

From September 8 to 10, 2016, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Bangkok, Thailand, and Hanoi, Viet Nam.

In Bangkok, he held meetings with H.E. Mr. Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, and with H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology. Furthermore, he also witnessed a signing ceremony concluding a memorandum to further deepen the collaboration between start-ups in Japan and Thailand. In Hanoi, he held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Phung Xuan Nha, Minister of Education and Training. Following this, he attended a memorial symposium to celebrate the inauguration of master’s programs at Vietnam-Japan University and delivered a celebratory speech.

Meanwhile, in Thailand, Minister Seko visited Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, a college engaging in industrial human resource development, and introduced the efforts by the government of Japan for fostering industrial human resource development to the students, as he introduced at Vietnam-Japan University.

Minister Seko’s visit to Viet Nam and Thailand is a portion of the efforts towards determining specific measures for enhancing business collaboration between Japan and ASEAN in the field of new industries, a goal that was addressed in the ASEAN Economic Minister (AEM) - METI consultation meeting held in August 2016. Through this visit, Japan has successfully developed a framework through which Japan and Thailand, utilizing human resources fostered in cooperation efforts with Japan, will cooperate in fostering next-generation human resources in Thailand and surrounding countries.

1. Meeting with senior officials of the government of Thailand

At the meeting with Prime Minister Prayuth, Minister Seko reconfirmed the fact that Thailand is interested in accession to the TPP and exchanged views with Prime Minister Prayuth on enhanced economic ties between Japan and Thailand.

In addition, Minister Seko held an additional meeting with Minister Pichet and exchanged views on enhanced economic ties between Japan and Thailand.

Meeting with Prime Minister Prayuth


Meeting with Prime Minister Prayuth
  • Aiming to introduce the growth power in the ASEAN region into Japan’s growth strategies set in the Abenomics policies, Japan proposed that Japan and Thailand cooperate in promoting the creation of new industries that take advantage of outcomes from the fourth industrial revolution based on the maximum possible utilization of the high degree of accumulated manufacturing industry in Thailand.
  • Japan confirmed anew Thailand’s continued strong interest in the TPP.
  • Prime Minister Prayuth expressed his hope that Japanese technologies will be utilized in a variety of fields in the country.

Meeting with Minister Pichet


Meeting with Minister Pichet
  • Both sides shared views on cooperation and efforts contributing to the economic development of Japan and Thailand, in the field of creation of new industries including a space industry and fostering human resources.

2. Meeting with a senior official of the government of Viet Nam


Meeting with Minister Nha

Minister Seko exchanged views with Minister Nha on the details of Japan-Viet Nam joint efforts in helping Vietnam-Japan University to cultivate human resources who can meaningfully contribute to the creation of new industries.

3. Delivering a celebratory speech for the inauguration of the master’s program at Vietnam-Japan University (Viet Nam) at the memorial symposium


Delivering a celebratory speech at the memorial symposium celebrating the inauguration of master’s programs at Vietnam-Japan University
  • Minister Seko attended a memorial symposium celebrating the inauguration of master’s programs at Vietnam-Japan University, a higher education institution established to produce human resources who have the capacity to play practical roles in the business world, including roles in Japanese companies developing business in ASEAN economies.
  • He congratulated the fresh, inaugural class of the master’s programs at the university and delivered a celebratory speech focusing on the subjects: “Recent Trends Surrounding Free Trade and Japan’s Actions” and “Overseas transfer of Abenomics Policies.” Furthermore, he explained to the students that the government of Japan is endeavoring to foster industrial human resources and that it will continue to cooperate with Viet Nam in this field.

4. Attending a signing ceremony for a Memorandum between start-up associations in Japan and Thailand whose purpose is to fortify their collaboration (Thailand)


Signing ceremony between start-up associations in Japan and Thailand to fortify their collaboration
  • The Japan-Thai Innovation Support Network (JTIS), a network association of start-ups and large companies with members in Japan and Thailand, and the Thailand Tech Startup Association (TTSA), Thailand’s largest start-ups association, held a signing ceremony concluding a memorandum to fortify their collaboration, mainly targeting the facilitation of Japan-Thailand inter-company collaboration and the joint formulation of policy recommendations for the government of Thailand.
  • This is a leading example of cooperation under the framework of the Japan-ASEAN Innovation Network, a new initiative that Japan proposed at the ASEAN Economic Minister (AEM) - METI consultation meeting held in August 2016. Minister Seko witnessed the ceremony as a METI representative, as a part of METI’s efforts encouraging Japan-Thailand collaboration.

5. Visiting Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (Thailand)


Visiting Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
  • Minister Seko visited Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, a college established mainly for the development of outstanding engineers. The programs are led by people who have studied in Japan or finished training at the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS). At the institute, he toured the sites where such experienced people are educating human resources in the field of manufacturing based on Japan’s monodzukuri business model.

Release date

September 12, 2016

Division in Charge

Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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