May 7, 2021
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held a meeting among stakeholders on April 23, 2021 (Fri.) via online conference, to share information on the container shortage problem. The meeting was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT).
In the meeting, stakeholders shared information on the current situation and efforts. In addition, it was confirmed that it would be important for stakeholders to cooperate with each other in their respective efforts.
The meeting was held in response to the tight supply-and-demand situation due to a lack of international marine container shipping capacity and a shortage of empty containers. The aim was for stakeholders to share information with each other and address the problem together with a shared understanding. In the meeting, the government explained the situation regarding its own efforts, and the organizations involved—shippers, shipping companies, logistics operators, etc.—explained their current situations, efforts, etc. After this, the participants exchanged views on topics such as measures to improve the situation, and there was a question and answer session. An overview of the meeting is given below.
1. Date and time:
April 23, 2021 (Fri.), 14:00-16:00
3. Summary of agenda:
As in the attachment
4. Related Materials:
Appendices 1-5. Note: Materials are only published if the presenters' consent has been obtained.
- Appendix 1: Proceedings of the meeting (in Japanese) (PDF:195KB)
- Appendix 2: Nomura Research Institute (in Japanese) (PDF:743KB)
- Appendix 3: MLIT (in Japanese) (PDF:535KB)
- Appendix 4: JA International (in Japanese) (PDF:269KB)
- Appendix 5: Ocean Network Express (in Japanese) (PDF:2,179KB)
5. Video of the meeting:
Can be viewed via the following URL. *click here
(Publicly available until August 6, 2021.)
Division in Charge
Logistics Policy Planning Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group