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Press Conference by Minister Seko (excerpted version)

*Note: This is a provisional translation for reference purpose only.

9:18 - 9:25 a.m.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Press Conference Room, METI

Question-and-Answer Session

US-China bilateral consultation over intellectual properties

Q: As for the WTO bilateral consultation between the US and China over the infringement of intellectual property rights, Japan is indicating its willingness to participate as a third party. How is Japan going to cooperate with the US and the EU?
By participating in the consultation, it would somewhat affect Japan-China relations including making it hard to reopen the high-level economic dialogue. Do you have any comments?

A: It is a fact that on April 3 the Japanese government notified its willingness to participate in the WTO consultation as a third party. This notification is not a consultation request as a party concerned, but purely a clerical procedure for collecting information as a third party.
Once it’s approved, we will collect necessary information regarding the interchanges between the US and China and convey our interests if necessary.
As this is merely a clerical procedure based on the WTO rule, we do not think it would affect Japan-China relations.

Last updated:2018-04-11