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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visited Belgium

May 20, 2019

From May 14 (Tue.) to 15 (Wed.), 2019, Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Belgium. In the country, he attended a EU-Japan Business Round Table.

(1) EU-Japan Business Round Table

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa attended a EU-Japan Business Round Table, an opportunity for industrial players in Japan and the EU to offer policy recommendations to the governments of Japan and the EU. As representatives of such industrial players, the following persons attended the meeting: Mr. Masaki Sakuyama, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; and Mr. Storey, Executive Officer in Charge of Strategies, Rolls-Royce. As representatives of the EU, the following persons attended the meeting: H.E. Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness; H.E. Ms. El|bieta BieDkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; H.E. Dr. Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Trade; H.E. Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development; and other officials. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa offered a proposal for ideal approaches to future Japan-EU cooperation and other efforts based on the enforcement of the Japan-EU EPA.

(2) Bilateral meeting with Commissioner BieDkowska

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a bilateral meeting with Commissioner BieDkowska and the two sides held discussions on ideal approaches to future Japan-EU cooperation in industrial fields and other issues.

(3) Calling public attention to specialties in Fukushima Prefecture

At the reception party after the meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa and Association of People from Fukushima Prefecture (chair: Mr. Yoshiro Mitsuyama) members from Europe called the attention of the stakeholders in Japan and the EU who attended the EU-Japan Business Round Table to the safety and quality of sake and other specialties originating in Fukushima Prefecture.

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