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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami Visits Germany and Denmark

April 9, 2019

From April 1 (Mon.), to 5 (Fri.), 2019, Mr. Hirofumi Takinami, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Germany and Denmark.

In Germany, he delivered a keynote speech at the 13th Japanese-German Economic Forum of the Hannover Messe 2019, an industrial exhibition held in Hannover, and exchanged views with German government stakeholders. In addition, he visited areas including a German regional city, home of many global companies in niche fields, and exchanged views with officials and representatives of local governments and companies.

Moreover, he visited Denmark (Copenhagen), a country actively promoting free trade policy, and exchanged views with government stakeholders of the country and other officials concerning future bilateral cooperation, with the Japan-EU EPA in mind.

1. Germany

(1) Delivering a keynote speech at the 13th Japanese-German Economic Forum of the Hannover Messe 2019

At the the 13th Japanese-German Economic Forum of the Hannover Messe 2019, upholding its sub-slogan of “AI in industrial production   the self-learning factory of the future ,” Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami delivered a keynote address focusing on the Connected Industries policy concept as the theme of his speech and explained about the METI “GLocal” growth strategy study group, an initiative he helped to inaugurate.

(2) Meeting with H.E. Ms. Claudia Dorr-Vos, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

The two sides exchanged views on the progress and challenges in Japan-Germany cooperation in the fields of the Connected Industries policy concept, including AI and IoT, as well as cooperation in the field of energy. The two sides also shared their expectations for further development of such cooperation, and other issues.

(3) Visit of the site of the Large-Scale Hybrid Battery System Demonstration Project operated by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in Niedersachsen and other sites

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami visited Varel, Niedersachsen, the region into which wind power generation facilities have been introduced at a large scale, and observed the site of the Large-Scale Hybrid Battery System Demonstration Project jointly operated by NEDO and the government of Niedersachsen, together with H.E. Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Deputy Prime Minister of Niedersachsen and Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation. Following this, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami visited Buxtehude, Niedersachsen, and observed the site of the hydrogen-powered railways (fuel cell powered-trains), a first in the world effort tackled by the city.

(4) Exchanging views with representatives of an association for regional economic development and local companies in Heilbronn, Germany

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami visited Heilbronn, a German city home to many global companies in niche fields, and exchanged views with representatives of Wirtschaftsregion Heilbronn-Franken GmbH, an association for supporting regional economic development. Following this, he exchanged views with executives of iDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, a local company boasting a strong global share of USB cameras, and toured the site of the company.

2. Denmark

(1) Exchanging views with H.E. Mr. Poulsen, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business and Financial Affairs, Denmark

The two sides exchanged views on Japan-Denmark cooperation, with the enforcement of the Japan-EU EPA in mind, Denmark’s initiatives for digitalization, measures for supporting startups, and other issues.

(2) Exchanging views with representatives of local companies in Denmark

Aiming to explore leading efforts taken by Denmark as it engages in vitalization of the economy by placing innovation at its core, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takinami exchanged views with representatives of inQvation, a company providing startups with support programs, and Novozymes, a company boasting the global-top share of industrial enzymes.

Division in Charge

Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau