Submission of a report to Foreign Minister Nakasone by the members of “The Advisory Panel for the coming global economy and the Japan-U.S. economic relationship”

January 23, 2009

  1. Friday 23rd January, 5:30pm, Foreign Minister Nakasone met with  members of “The Advisory Panel for the coming global economy and the Japan-U.S. economic relationship” and received a report “Proposal for the construction of the future Japan-U.S. economic relationship under the new U.S. administration” which was compiled of proposals by the panel for the Japanese economic diplomacy toward the U.S. based on the launch of the new Obama administration.
     
  2. On this occasion, Foreign Minister Nakasone commented that he heard the panel had been discussing very eagerly, and thanked for receiving such proposal on an appropriate timing with the inauguration of the new Obama administration.  Foreign Minister Nakasone also told the members that he just had a telephone conversation in the morning with Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the U.S., and that they agreed on further strengthening cooperation on various issues between Japan and the U.S.   Minister Nakasone also mentioned that he is willing to discuss with the Secretary of State on economic issues as soon as possible, and so that the submitting of the proposal was appropriate in time, and wishes to seriously refer to it.

<note>“The Advisory Panel for the coming global economy and the Japan-U.S. economic relationship”

  • Panel consisting of 8 advisers invited by Mr. Otabe, then Director-General of Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gathered 6 times since last September until December, and has been discussing on how the Japan-U.S economic relation should be under the new U.S. administration.  The result has been compiled as a form of report and submitted to Foreign Minister Nakasone, as a proposal by the panel.
     
  • Panel members(Members underlined: members who met Foreign Minister today. )
    • Takatoshi Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
    • Shujiro Urata, Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
    • Shinichi Kitaoka, Professor, Graduate School for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
    • Kazuyuki Kinbara, Director, International Economic Affairs Bureau 1, Nippon Keidanren
    • Kazumasa Kusaka, Executive Advisor, Dentsu Inc.
    • Junichi Sugawara, Senior Research Officer, Research Department-Public Policy, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.
    • Fumiaki Nishi, Director General, Japan-U.S. Business Council
    • Yukio Yoshimura, Head of Government Affairs, Corporate Administration Division, Nikko Citi Holdings Inc.
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