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The Second Meeting of the Working-Level Meeting for Japan-China Cooperation in the Service Industry Held in Minamiaso

On December 6 (Tue.), 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a working-level meeting concerning Japan-China cooperation in the service industry in Minamiaso Village in Kumamoto Prefecture, a region striving for reconstruction from the damage caused by the earthquakes that hit the village.

1. Background and purpose

Japan is now facing difficulty in expecting dramatic economic growth in domestic markets because of various challenges, including an aged society with fewer children. In this situation, to achieve the GDP target of 600 trillion yen in 2020, it is important for Japan to encourage the service industry, a field accounting for about three-quarters of the total GDP in Japan, to develop business overseas. As to China, under its five-year plan from 2016, it has been shifting the current economic structure centering on the conventional investment and manufacturing industry to a new economic structure highly weighing on consumption and services, thereby aiming to achieve stable economic growth.

Against this backdrop, on March 25, 2016, METI and the Ministry of Commerce, China, held a regular consultation at the Vice-Minister level and agreed to establish a new framework to promote Japan-China cooperation in the service industry. Based on the agreement, the second working-level meeting was held to discussed concrete approaches to advancing such cooperation.

2. Outline of the second meeting

Date and time:
December 6 (Tue.), 2016, from 15:00 to 17:00
Minamiaso Village, Kumamoto Prefecture
Major participants:
Mr. Keisuke Sasaki, Director, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Ms. Mio Kawada, Director, Overseas Business Support Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Ms. Wang Huiying, Assistant Inspector, Department of Trade in Services and Commercial Services, Ministry of Commerce, China
Mr. Liu Xin, Deputy Director, Department of Trade in Services and Commercial Services, Ministry of Commerce, China

At the meeting, China made a proposal for cooperation in the field of health care, nursing care and traditional Chinese medical science, including medical herbs, etc., while Japan made a proposal concerning specific case examples in cooperation, including holding related events, in the fields of services related to everyday life, tourism and other areas.

Both countries agreed that they will identify target cooperation fields and details thereof and sequentially launch related efforts after specifying such fields and details and that they will continue to convene working-level meetings to achieve these goals.

3. Regarding the venue

METI selected Minamiaso Village as the venue for the meeting. This region is one of the most popular resort destinations in Japan and also one of the devastated areas hit by the earthquakes that occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture in April 2016. Through this meeting, METI aimed at encouraging the reconstruction efforts, and also introduced major destinations in Kumamoto Prefecture to the Chinese delegation, a country from which the number of tourists to Kumamoto Prefecture has been steeply growing in recent years, and conveyed to them that Kumamoto Prefecture is still an attractive destination for tourists even after the earthquakes.

Release date

December 8, 2016

Division in Charge

Service Affairs Policy Division & Overseas Business Support Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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