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Press Conference by Minister Seko (excerpted version)

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

9:11 - 9:18 a.m.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Press Conference Room, METI

Question-and-Answer Session

US import restrictive measures

Q: US trade measures including the Section 232 actions are gaining criticism from many countries. In the midst of these circumstances a Japan-US summit meeting has been held, and G7 summit meetings are about to start on 8th June. How are you going to convey Japan’s position to the US?

A: Japanese products exported to the US would never constitute a threat to the national security of the US; instead they contribute to US industry, job creation, and even exports from the US. I would like to persistently communicate these facts head-on to the US, and persuade them to exempt Japan’s products from the measure.
  I would also like to cooperate with other countries, including the EU, who share serious concerns over the US measures, in accordance with the basic philosophy that solving the issues based on the WTO rules is the most appropriate path forward.

Q: As for the US import restrictive measures, you have said that Japan is going to tackle these measures head-on with the US, but it was reported that Prime Minister Abe did not make any specific requests or expressions of concern about the trade issues in the summit meeting that just finished a little while ago. At which level in the future is the Japanese government going to convey its position to the US regarding the US import restrictive measures?

A: I have only seen a brief summary on TV about the joint press conference and therefore at the moment I am not informed about what they specifically discussed. I would like to refrain from making any comments on this.


Last updated:2018-11-21