Foreign Minister Kishida Attends the Opening Ceremony of the 53rd Japan-U.S. Business Conference
November 3, 2016
1. On November 3, H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the opening ceremony of the 53rd Japan-U.S. Business Conference (hosted by the Japan-U.S. Business Council and the U.S.-Japan Business Council), where he gave an address as a guest speaker.
2. In his address, Minister Kishida stated that the Japan-U.S. Alliance, the linchpin of Japan's diplomacy, is more robust than ever before, that the successful activities of private businesses, both Japanese and American, play a major role as the cornerstone of strong Japan-U.S. relations, and that economic relations between Japan and the United States have overcome the era of friction and are now enjoying a period of mutual collaboration. Furthermore, Minister Kishida stated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will further strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance from an economic perspective and has the great strategic significance of contributing to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide.
(Reference) The Japan-U.S. Business Conference
The Japan-U.S. Business Conference was established in 1961 to promote mutual understanding through dialogue between private sector business executives from Japan and the United States. The 53rd Japan-U.S. Business Conference will be held from November 3 to 4 in Tokyo.