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METI Minister Kajiyama Visits the United States

January 15, 2020

On January 13 (Mon.) and 14 (Tue.), 2020, Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Washington, D.C., the United States, and held individual meetings with H.E. Mr. Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and H.E. Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade. Following these, Minister Kajiyama held the Seventh Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers and also held individual meetings with H.E. Mr. Larry Kudlow, Director, National Economic Council (NEC), and H.E. Mr. Dan Brouillette, Secretary, Department of Energy.

1. Seventh Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers (January 14)

Minister Kajiyama held the Seventh Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers together with U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and European Commissioner Hogan. They held discussions on industrial subsidies and agreed on the specifics of measures for enhancing the existing WTO rules, such as additional, newly prohibited subsidies and improving notification systems.

Moreover, they confirmed the progress in past discussions on forced technology transfers and, based on this, agreed on the advancement of three actions: making new rules, encouraging other WTO member countries and enhancing enforcement of rules.

In wrapping up the meeting, they issued a joint statement as an outcome of their discussions.

2. U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer (January 13)

Two ministers confirmed the progress of the Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers. They also exchanged views on a variety of international trade issues, including the WTO reform and digital areas, and reaffirmed cooperative relationship between Japan and United States.

3. European Commissioner Hogan (January 13)

The two sides coordinated respective preparations for the Seventh Trilateral Meeting of the Trade Ministers and exchanged views on Japan-EU cooperation, including WTO reform.

4. NEC Director Kudlow (January 13)

The two sides exchanged views on a wide variety of issues concerning Japan-US economic ties, which are supported by the close relationship between the leaders of the two countries.

5. Secretary Brouillette (January 13)

The two sides shared the recognition of cooperative ties in a variety of fields, e.g., LNG, nuclear energy, and carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology and carbon recycling technology, and the current international energy situation. Following this, they agreed on the advancement of close collaboration.

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