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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa Visit to Chile, Brazil, Peru and the United States

May 29, 2019

From May 16 to 23, 2019, Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the Republic of Chile, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Peru and the United States, in addition to his attendance of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade (for details, see the press release on May 20, 2019). During this visit, he exchanged views with a variety of stakeholders in each partner country, including governmental officials, representatives of Japanese-affiliated companies and representatives of Japanese descendant communities.

Chile

1. Exchanging views with Mr. Juan Eduardo Errazuriz Ossa, Chairman, Chilean-side Committee, Japan-Chile Economic Committee

On May 16, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a meeting with Chairman Errazuriz and exchanged views on potential in advancement of bilateral trade and investment and economic cooperation.

Note: The Japan-Chile Economic Committee was established in 1979 as an opportunity for Japan and Chile to promote economic exchange. The committee consists of two bodies: the Japanese-side Committee (secretariat: the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and the Chilean-side Committee (secretariat: la Sociedad de Fomento Fabril).

2. Exchanging views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies in Chile

On May 16, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies developing business in Chile concerning business environments surrounding Japanese-affiliated companies in the country, future perspectives of Japan-Chile economic ties, and other issues.

3. Attending a media briefing on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP), which was hosted by H.E. Mr. Roberto Ampuero, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile

On May 16, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa attended a media briefing on the CPTTP, hosted by Minister Ampuer, together with: Mr. Kiyoto Tsuji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan; H.E. Mr. James Gordon Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, Canada; H.E. Mr. David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, New Zealand; H.E. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore; and other ministers of the CPTPP member countries. He explained to the press, in particular, the specific advantages of the CPTPP for SMEs, small enterprises and other entities.

4. Exchanging views with stakeholders of the Corporacion Nikkei Region de Valparaiso

On May 16, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of the Corporacion Nikkei Region de Valparaiso concerning the current situations of the Japanese-descendants society in Chile, exchanges with Japan, the dissemination situation of Japanese culture in the country and other issues.

5. Concluding an agreement for renewing the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Ministry of Mining, Chile

On May 17, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Baldo Prokurica, Minister of Mining, Chile. Following this, the two sides concluded an agreement for renewing the MOC between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Mining of Chile, which was concluded in 2014.

At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on their concerns that the two countries should hold discussions in the public-private policy dialogue to be held under the MOC. Moreover, Minister Prokurica requested Japan to attend the APEC Mining Week to be held in August 2019.


Exchanging an agreement for renewing the MOC with Minister Prokurica

Brazil

1. Holding meetings each with stakeholders of the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Relations

On May 20, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited Brasilia and held meetings each with: Mr. Marcos Prado Troyjo, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and International, Affairs, Ministry of Economy; Ms. Yana Dumaresq Sobral Alves, Assistant Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and International Affairs, Ministry of Economy; and Mr. Aquiles, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and International Relationship, Ministry of Foreign Relations. In each meeting, the two sides exchanged views on Japan-Brazil cooperation in the process for convening the G20 meetings in June 2019 that Japan will host, establishment of bilateral cooperation relationships, including expansion of trade and investment scales, and other issues.

2. Visiting the monument to deceased Japanese immigrants and pioneers, the Japan Pavilion and Colegio Oshiman and holding a social gathering with stakeholders of Japanese descendant communities

In the morning of May 21, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited the monument to deceased Japanese immigrants and pioneers and the Japan Pavilion, both of which are located in Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo, as well as Colegio Oshiman, a private school that many Japanese-Brazilian students attend. In the afternoon of the date, he held a social gathering with stakeholders who are Japanese descendants and the two sides exchanged views on the roles that Japanese immigrants played in developing Brazilian society, exchanges between local Japanese descendant communities and Japan, future perspectives of the Japan-Brazil relationship and other issues.

3. Exchanging views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies in Brazil

On May 21, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies developing business in Brazil concerning the current situations of business environments surrounding Japanese-affiliated companies, future perspectives of Japan-Brazil economic ties, and other issues.

4. Visiting a Japanese-affiliated company in Brazil

On May 21, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited a Japanese-affiliated company operating in the suburbs of Sao Paulo and toured manufacturing floors of the company.

Peru

1. Holding a meeting with Mr. Urtado, Head Assistant for the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism

On May 22, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited Lima and held a meeting with Mr. Urtado, Head Assistant for the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism. The two sides exchanged views on promotion of bilateral trade and investment, including utilization of the Economic Partnership Agreement, enhanced development of cooperation relationships in the fields of infrastructures and mining, development of business environments in Peru and other issues.

2. Exchanging views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies in Peru

On May 22, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies developing business in Peru concerning the current situations of business environments surrounding Japanese-affiliated companies in the country, future perspectives of Japan-Peru economic ties, and other issues.

3. Exchanging views with stakeholders of the Japanese Peruvian Association

On May 22, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of the Japanese Peruvian Association concerning the history of the Japanese-descendants society in Peru, ideal approaches to Japan-Peru exchanges commemorating the 120th anniversary of the systematic immigration of Japanese nationals to Peru and other issues.

4. Holding a meeting with H.E. Mr. Fransisco Ismodes Mezzano, Minister of Energy and Mines

On May 22, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a meeting with Minister Ismodes. The two sides held discussions on: continuous commitments to public-private joint meetings under the Memorandum of Cooperation between METI and the Ministry of Energy and Mines in the field of mining, which was concluded in 2016, ideal approaches to the bilateral cooperation relationship in the field of mineral resources and other issues.


Minister Ismodes

5. Holding talks with Dr. Carlos Alberto Acquino Rodoriguez, Professor, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marco

On May 22, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held a meeting with Dr. Acquino and other stakeholders and held discussions on current political and economic situations of Peru and other issues.

 

United States

1. Visiting a plant involving a project for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) making use of captured and stored carbon dioxide and exchanging views with stakeholders

On May 23, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited Houston, Texas, the United States, and toured a plant in which carbon dioxide is collected out of combustion exhaust gas emitted from a coal-fired power plant, injected into oil fields in Texas by pressure and used for enhancing crude oil. He received explanations on the overview of the project from the staff of the plant and exchanged views with them.

2. Exchanging views with stakeholders of a company participating in the Freeport LNG project

On May 23, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of a Japanese-affiliated company participating in the Freeport LNG project in Texas, an effort for liquefying natural gas, concerning international energy environments, future energy demand in Japan and other issues.

3. Visiting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

On May 23, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of NASA on the current situations of space exploitation in the country, the potential for application of research results to the space industry and other issues.


Ms. Vanessa Wyche, Deputy Director, Johnson Space Center

4. Exchanging views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies in Houston

On May 23, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa exchanged views with stakeholders of Japanese-affiliated companies developing business in Houston concerning the current situations of business environments surrounding Japanese-affiliated companies, future perspectives of Japan-U.S. economic ties, and other issues.

Division in Charge

Latin America and Caribbean Office, Trade Policy Bureau