February 12, 2019
On January 29, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Industry, Indonesia, held the First Japan-Indonesia Automotive Dialogue in Jakarta, Indonesia. They discussed policies for the automobile industy in both countries and confirmed that development of “xEVs” - a variety of electrified vehicles including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug in-hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) - is indispensable for addressing the problems concerning the environment and energy security, and the growth of related industries.
Following the dialogue, Japan and Indonesia held a seminar titled “Japan-Indonesia Automotive Seminar: Electrified Vehicle - Concept of xEVs and Well-to-Wheel.”
1. Japan-Indonesia Dialogue on Automobiles
The dialogue brought together Mr. Yoji Ueda, Deputy Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI, as a representative of Japan, and Mr. Harjanto, Director General of Metal, Machinery, Transportation Equipment & Electronic Industries, Ministry of Industry, as a representative of Indonesia. Aiming to enhance mutual understanding of their respective policies for electrified vehicles and to enrich understanding of appropriate approaches to achieving electrified vehicles by sharing Japan’s experiences and knowledge in the field of electrified vehicles, a wide variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in the automobile industry in Japan and Indonesia also participated in the dialogue and exchanged views.
The Government of Japan explained the importance of xEVs and a “Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission” policy (to reduce emissions a vehicle’s total emissions footprint to zero, from fuel and power production to automobile operation), long-term goals set by the interim report formulated by the Strategy Meeting for the New Era of Automobiles released in July 2018.
Furthermore, participating stakeholders in the private sector of Japan explained their experiences with and knowledge on electrified vehicles, such as management of built-in storage batteries, introduction of electrified vehicles into energy systems and trends in international standardization activities of electrified vehicles. METI and the Ministry of Industry, Indonesia agreed to continue to hold dialogues.
Japan and Indonesia signing minutes of the dialogue
2. Japan-Indonesia Automotive Seminar: Electrified Vehicle - Concept of xEVs and Well-to-Wheel
Taking this opportunity, in the afternoon of January 29, METI, the Ministry of Industry, Indonesia, and the JETRO Jakarta jointly held a seminar titled “Japan-Indonesia Automotive Seminar: Electrified Vehicles - Concept xEVs and Well-to-Wheel.”
Deputy Director-General Ueda delivered a keynote speech. He explained that Japan aims to achieve the Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission, a long-term goal set by the interim report formulated by the Strategy Meeting for the New Era of Automobiles, and stressed the significance of international collaboration to this end.
In addition, researchers and experts in Japan and Indonesia explained academic analytical findings concerning expected impacts on economy and environments by the introduction of electrified vehicles into society, and described international trends in infrastructures for charging such vehicles. Moreover, the Government of Indonesia explained future directions of its policy for promoting electrified vehicles.
Japan-Indonesia Automobile Seminar
As Asian countries are facing recent dramatic changes in the automobile industry, an increasing number of people are interested in electrified vehicles and other new fields involving automobiles. Against this backdrop, METI held inter-governmental dialogues on automobiles with India, Thailand and Malaysia as well as Indonesia as below.
- With India:
First dialogue: January 2018
Second dialogue: November 2018
- With Thailand:
First dialogue: May 2018
- With Malaysia:
First dialogue: December 2018
Division in Charge
Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau