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Press Conference by Minister Nishimura (Excerpt)

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

9:38-9:50 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2023
In front of the Cabinet Room, 2nd floor, National Diet Building

Opening Remarks

Sanctions against Russia

Good morning.
I would like to say one thing at the start.
Regarding the bans on the export of general-purpose goods to Russia that may contribute to strengthening its military capabilities, a Cabinet decision was made today on the revision of the Export Trade Control Order, which will be promulgated today and come into effect on February 3. As a result, exports of goods such as tear gas, robots and laser welders to Russia will be banned. The administrative staff will explain the details.
We will continue to implement strict sanctions in cooperation with the G7 and the rest of the international community while monitoring the situation surrounding Ukraine.

Question-and-Answer Session

Advanced Semiconductors

Q: There are indications that the Japanese government will cooperate with the United States on export regulations of advanced semiconductors. Please tell us how this is progressing.

A: We are engaged in various discussions. I have personally exchanged views with US Secretary of Commerce Raimondo. However, as you know, we have been discussing export controls with the countries concerned, including the United States, in various forms including international export control regimes and bilateral relationships under diplomatic rules. We have implemented export controls in international cooperation and in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act. Based on this policy, we will continue to take appropriate measures while conducting various discussions and considering trends in the US and other countries.

Nissan and Renault

Q: The review of Nissan Motor and Renault's investments is in its final stage of negotiations. Please give us your thoughts on it.

A: As I mentioned the other day, I received a letter from the French government and sent a response. In principle, I refrain from commenting on initiatives between private companies, but expect that they are proceeding with their partnership in a way that is satisfactory for both companies. I believe it is important for both parties to grow and progress in a way that is mutually beneficial, and I hope that their exchanges and negotiations proceed in that direction.

Last updated:2023-02-01