Japan, ASEAN to step up cooperation on new industries

Aug 27, 2014

Japan, ASEAN to step up cooperation on new industries

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have agreed to strengthen cooperation on the joint development of new industries, including health care and environmental businesses. The agreement, reached Tuesday during an economy ministers’ meeting, comes as Japan and ASEAN are set to review ...

Aug 22, 2014

Motegi set to visit Myanmar to attend ASEAN meet, trade group talks

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Myanmar next week to boost economic cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and advance negotiations for a giant regional free trade initiative, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. On Tuesday, Motegi will join ...

Aug 6, 2014

Japan, Ukraine to boost cooperation on energy security

Japan and Ukraine confirmed Tuesday their cooperation on improving the energy situation in the East European country that worsened following the crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Iindustry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting Kiev, and Ukraine’s energy minister, Yuriy Prodan, signed a joint declaration ...

Jan 14, 2014

No rush to form new energy policy: Motegi

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday that he will not be rushed into deciding a new energy policy that supports the use of nuclear power. “We hope to finalize things as early as possible, but we don’t want to rush the process because it ...

Dec 26, 2013

Japan, Russia agree to tie up on energy, medicine

Japan and Russia agreed Wednesday to promote cooperation in energy conservation, renewable energy and advanced medicine, Japanese officials said. In a meeting with Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev in Moscow, trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan is willing to boost investment in Russia ...

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

Nov 6, 2013

Plan to get all evacuees back home is stalling

People forced to flee the radiation in Fukushima Prefecture who probably never will be able to return home may get relocation support, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry To­shi­mi­tsu Mo­te­gi suggets.

Oct 1, 2013

Motegi: Scrap Fukushima No. 2 plant

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi has suggested he supports local calls to scrap the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, located near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 complex. “Thinking about the current feelings of the people in Fukushima Prefecture, I don’t think ...

Sep 24, 2013

Motegi, French ministers agree to push EU trade talks

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi has agreed with France’s industrial and trade ministers to promote free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union. The accord was reached Monday in Paris during talks Motegi held separately with Arnaud Montebourg, French minister ...

Japan, U.S. pursue trade talks in parallel with TPP

Jul 25, 2013

Japan, U.S. pursue trade talks in parallel with TPP

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman agreed Wednesday to promote talks between their countries in parallel with the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations. This accord came a day after Japan made its debut as the 12th member in the U.S.-led TPP ...

Apr 24, 2013

Japan may restart nuclear reactors from fall: Motegi

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said that some of the country’s idled nuclear reactors might resume operations this autumn at the earliest after undergoing a new safety assessment process. The Nuclear Regulation Authority plans to introduce new safety requirements for nuclear power plants July 18, ...