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METI and MIIT Hold the Fifth Meeting of the Japan-China Chemical Industrial Policy Dialogue

September 12, 2018

On September 11, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China held the fifth meeting of the Japan-China Chemical Industrial Policy Dialogue in Chengdu, China. Following on from the previous meetings, this meeting was attended by officials and representatives from associations and companies related to the chemical industries in Japan and China. Participants exchanged views on the current situation, challenges and future perspectives surrounding the chemical industries in both countries and on the future efforts, including cooperation, toward solutions to the challenges.

1. Background

With interchanges between Japanese and Chinese chemical industries increasing, Japan and China held the first meeting of the Japan-China Chemical Industrial Policy Dialogue in 2009, and then held the second meeting in 2012, as opportunities for exchanging views on a variety of issues in the chemical industries in the two countries. In recent years, amid increasing inter-dependency as seen in an expanding trend in the scale of chemical-product trade between Japan and China, Japan and China held the fifth meeting of the Japan-China Chemical Industrial Policy Dialogue in Chengdu, China, as an effort following on from 2016 and 2017.

2. Outline of the meeting

1) Japan and China exchanged information on the current situations of the chemical industries in Japan and China and on challenges that the industries are facing, including the offshore plastic problem.

2) Participants explained the experiences and case examples of smart safety in the chemical industry in both countries and affirmed the importance of introducing smart technologies into the field of industrial safety.

3) In light of the importance of environmental measures taken by the chemical industry, participants from China explained the impact of environmental protection policy on the chemical industry and measures for environmental protection taken by the domestic chemical industry, while participants from Japan explained its environmental measures and countermeasures against soil contamination taken by the domestic chemical industry. Based on this information, participants exchanged views.

4) Participants affirmed anew the importance of information exchange involving the policies for the chemical industry in Japan and China and agreed that the countries will continue to hold dialogues.

5) Participants welcomed an exchange event between Japanese and Chinese chemical industries (Japanese side: The Japan Chemical Industry Association and the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association; Chinese side: The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation) as a side event of the Japan-China Chemical Industry Conference to be held at the same timing of this meeting.

Division in Charge

Material Industries Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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