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METI held the IPEF Japan Week

August 31, 2023

For four days from August 28 (Mon.) to 31 (Thurs.), 2023, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held the IPEF (Indo-Pacific Economic Framework) Japan Week in Tokyo, targeting IPEF member countries, as a program to share Japan’s technologies and knowledge. Inviting over 60 people from 13 countries, including negotiators and governmental stakeholders, the program fostered an understanding of the technologies and efforts that Japan has been promoting and also provided opportunities that will lead to the formulation of rules and the development of cooperation projects in new fields.

1. Outline of the program

At the beginning of the program, Mr. Nishimura Yasutoshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a speech as a video message explaining to participants the roles that IPEF should fulfill in the Indo-Pacific region and his expectations for the program.

In addition, throughout the four days, the program provided seminars and visits to companies involved in the two fields of clean economy and digital economy from the viewpoints of accelerating negotiations and promoting cooperation. The events involving clean economy presented details concerning hydrogen and ammonia, methanation, circular economy, and other issues, while those involving digital economy explained the details of AI, cybersecurity, trade facilitation, Open RAN, submarine cables, and other issues.

Video message from Minister Nishimura

Reference: IPEF participating countries

Fourteen countries: The United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, seven ASEAN economies (Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam), India, and Fiji

2. Cooperating companies, etc. (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

Clean economy:

Clean Fuel Ammonia Association, Kajima Corporation, IHI Corporation, Hazama Ando Corporation, Resonac Holdings Corporation, Chiyoda Corporation, TOKYO GAS CO.,LTD.

Visiting a facility involved in methanation at TOKYO GAS CO.,LTD.
Observing the process for dehydrogenation of methylcyclohexane (MCH), etc. at the Advanced Hydrogen Energy Chain Association for Technology Development (Chiyoda Corporation, etc.)

Digital economy:

Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, TradeWaltz Inc., National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan OTIC, NEC Corporation, Panasonic Holdings Corporation, and Fujitsu Limited

Observing a demonstration of real-time motion measurement using digital human technology at AIST
Experiencing the fusion of an art work and facial recognition AI technology at NEC Future Creation Hub

Division in Charge

Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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