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Minister Hagiuda Visits the United States of America

May 6, 2022

From May 2 (Tue.) to 6 (Fri.), METI Minister Hagiuda visited the United States of America (Albany, Washington, D.C, New York City). At Albany, the Minister made a visit to a semiconductor research facility and exchanged views and opinions with leaders from semiconductor-related companies. The Minister then had a series of meetings with high level officials in Washington, D.C. The minister finished his visit with a meeting with local entrepreneurs in New York City.

1. Albany

Minister Hagiuda visited the Albany NanoTech Complex, a research institute for next-generation semiconductor technology, constructed by New York State. 

(1) Meeting with IBM

The Minister exchanged opinions on Japan-U.S. semiconductor cooperation with IBM, which plays a main role in the Albany Nanotech Complex. 

(2) Discussion with Japanese and U.S. semiconductor-related companies 

The Minister exchanged views and opinions with Japanese and U.S. semiconductor-related companies (Applied Materials, Synopsys, Tokyo Electron, SCREEN, JSR) in a discussion hosted by New York State. The Minister recognized the current progress and possibilities for further Japan-U.S. semiconductor cooperation.

(3) Site tour at Albany NanoTech Complex

The Minister received an overview of research development, the scale and current situation of cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and cooperation of Japanese and U.S. semiconductor companies while touring the semiconductor manufacturing technology research facility. 

2.Washington D.C 

(1) Meeting with H.E. Ms. Gina Raimondo, United States Secretary of Commerce

Together with the Secretary of Commerce, Minister Hagiuda held the First Ministerial Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Commercial and Industrial Partnership (JUCIP). At the meeting, they discussed the progress and further steps of bilateral cooperation, such as semiconductors and export control. They confirmed that they will also cooperate in the Japan-U.S. Economic Policy Consultative Committee (the Economic "2+2") in the future and discussed some other issues including U.S. involvement in the Indo-Pacific region.

(2) Meeting with H.E. Mr. Brian Deese, Director of the U.S. National Economic Council

Minister Hagiuda had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Brian Deese, Director of the United States National Economic Council. The Minister and Director recognized that Japan and the U.S. will work closely to lead like-minded countries in ensuring economic security, for example on supply chain resiliency of strategic materials. The Minister and Director also discussed U.S. involvement in the Indo-Pacific region.  

(3) Meeting with H.E. Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative

Minister Hagiuda held a meeting with H.E. Ambassador. Katherine C. Tai, the United States Trade Representative, and reaffirmed collaboration on addressing market distorting practices to ensure a level playing field. The Minister and Ambassador also discussed U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific region and reaffirmed cooperation between the U.S. and Japan in preparation for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12).

(4) Meeting with H.E. Jennifer Granholm (Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy)

Minister Hagiuda had a meeting with H.E. Ms. Jennifer M. Granholm, the United States Secretary of Energy, and discussed the strengthening of energy security in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, acceleration of clean energy transitions, the significant role which U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) plays, and cooperation on ensuring its stable supply. The Minister and Secretary also agreed to establish a bilateral Clean Energy and Energy Security Initiative (CEESI) to promote wide-range collaboration in strengthening energy security, hydrogen, fuel ammonia, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS)/ Carbon Recycling, nuclear power, and renewable energy. They also signed a memorandum of cooperation on collaboration in the field of CCUS / Carbon Recycling.

3. New York City 

(1) Meeting with Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program

In a meeting with Mr. Steiner, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Minister Hagiuda exchanged views on the importance of the SDGs and how public-private partnerships should be formed to achieve them. They discussed support for developing countries including Africa, energy transition, diversity and human rights, and also discussed the possibility of future collaboration between METI and UNDP.

(2) Visit to ERA and Meeting with Local Startups and VCs 

Minister Hagiuda visited ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), one of the influential accelerators in New York City, a city with the world’s second largest startup ecosystem. The Minister had a roundtable discussion with entrepreneurs including Japanese entrepreneurs working in New York, venture capitals, and startup aid agencies. He exchanged opinions on startup ecosystems promoting innovations and called for further investment into Japanese startups. 

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