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First Japan-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue Held

April 2, 2019

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On April 2 (Tue.), 2019, Japan and China held the First Japan-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing.

On April 2 (Tue.), 2019, Japan and China held the First Japan-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing.

From the Japanese side, as head of the Japanese mission, Mr. Tatsuya Terazawa, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Mr. Kazuyuki Yamazaki, Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, and other officials from the related ministries and agencies attended the dialogue, while from the Chinese side, as head of the Chinese mission, H.E. Mr. Lin Nianxiu, Vice-Minister, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), H.E. Mr. Qian Keming, Vice Minister of Commerce, and other representatives from the related sectors of China attended the dialogue.

In October 2018, Prime Minister Abe visited China and, the leaders of Japan and China shared the view to establish a new Japan-China dialogue to discuss the area of innovation and intellectual property (see the reference below). This dialogue was held based on this recognition.

At the first dialogue this time, participants held discussions on the following issues.

  1. Both sides explained their policies for innovation and exchanged views on: development of standards as a source of creating new markets (e.g., harmonization of standards for next-generation chargers for electric vehicles and of standards for or regulations over hydrogen); exchange between venture-business and companies; and cooperation in the field of smart cities toward the convening of the G20 (e.g., interoperability between smart cities). 
  2. They shared recognition on the importance of efforts in the field of intellectual property in both Japan and China to develop the environment for Japan-China cooperation in innovation and explained their policies involving the field of intellectual property. Following this, they exchanged views on a variety of challenges, including: protection of trade secrets, elimination of concerns over forced technology transfer (e.g., recent trends surrounding the Regulations on Technology Import and Export Administration (TIER) and the Foreign Investment Law), and measures against pirated products.
  3. They exchanged views on exchange and cooperation in universities and research institutes through the existing frameworks.

Reference:

In October 2018, Prime Minister Abe visited China and, the leaders of Japan and China shared the view to establish a new Japan-China dialogue to discuss the area of innovation and intellectual property and signed a Memorandum on the Establishment of the Japan-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue.

Division in Charge

Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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