Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is visiting the United States, held a press conference on the morning of the 18th (afternoon of the 17th local time) after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting in San Francisco. He said he communicated Japan’s ideas on a variety of issues, including energy, cutting-edge technology, and the situation in Ukraine, and that his own arguments were in line with his leaders’ declaration, especially on decarbonization.
At the beginning of the press conference, Mr. Kishida commented that ensuring a fair and transparent trade and investment environment is essential for the growth of the Asia-Pacific region, and clearly expressed Japan’s intention to contribute in various ways.
In particular, he emphasized his own position on the importance of a diverse and realistic energy transition in order to achieve decarbonization, and stated that the Leaders’ Declaration was consistent with this.
Prior to the press conference, Prime Minister Kishida visited Stanford University, where he held a discussion with South Korean President Yun Seok-Yeol on the theme of cutting-edge technology, in which he proposed building a global value chain for hydrogen and ammonia with Japan and South Korea playing a central role. said NHK was reporting.
He pointed out that innovation in cutting-edge technologies such as semiconductors, quantum, clean tech, and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as strengthening supply chains, cannot be achieved by one country alone, and collaboration with allies and other countries is essential. He also said that he felt a sense of hope that a new future could be created through cooperation in the field of cutting-edge technology among Japan, the United States, and South Korea.
During this overseas trip, the prime minister had direct talks with the leaders of several countries, including the United States and China. He confirmed that he would further strengthen cooperation between Japan and the United States with President Biden, and received an invitation from the president to make an official visit to the United States as a state guest early next year.
On the other hand, regarding the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean, he strongly urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to take a calm, scientifically-based response and to immediately lift China’s restrictions on Japanese food imports. Stated.Regarding the timing of China’s lifting of the embargo on Japanese marine products, he said, “I cannot digress and make any comments at this stage.”
Other major statements by Prime Minister Kishida
- Continuing strict sanctions against Russia and strong support for Ukraine regarding the Ukraine issue
- I would like to accept this with humility – Cabinet approval rating is low
- The fixed tax cut is a temporary measure to prevent a return to deflation.
- Supporting people’s disposable income through fixed-rate reductions in income tax and resident tax, etc.
- We ask the business community to cooperate in raising wages to a higher level than this year in preparation for next year’s spring labor labor union.
- The government is making a concerted effort to realize an economy with sustainable and structural wage increases that outpace price increases.
- I will give detailed explanations during parliamentary deliberations and do my best to pass a supplementary budget that will support economic measures.