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Minister Kajiyama Holds Meeting with Dr. Yoshino Akira, Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation, and Dr. Yoshino Delivers a Speech before METI Staff

November 25, 2019

On November 22, 2019, Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, held a meeting with Dr. Yoshino Akira, Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation, who visited the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Following the meeting, Dr. Yoshino delivered a speech before METI staff.

On November 22, 2019, Minister Kajiyama held a meeting with Dr. Yoshino Akira, Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation, and 2019 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, who visited METI. Dr. Yoshino later made a briefing on the determination of his winning of the prize to Minister Kajiyama.

He explained the background to his development of lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) and the achievements therefrom, which determined his winning of the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Minister Kajiyama expressed his congratulations to Dr. Yoshino for the determination of his winning of the prize and stated that he wishes for Dr. Yoshino’s further success in the future.

Following this meeting, Dr. Yoshino delivered a speech before METI staff concerning his achievements from the development of LiBs, his challenging efforts therefor, visions of future society expected to be cultivated by LiBs, future directions of industrial and technological policies through these visions, and other issues.

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