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Video message by Foreign Minister Motegi for the 57th Japan-U.S. Business Conference

October 27, 2020

On October 27, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, sent a video messageOpen a New Window to the opening of the 57th Japan-U.S. Business Conference held in an online format.

1. In the message, Minister Motegi expressed his gratitude and respect for the contributions that the Conference has made for more than half a century, enhancing Japan-U.S. economic relations. Minister Motegi stated that the continual efforts not only through investment and employment but also through human resource development, cultural activities and support for the fight against COVID-19 have enhanced the relationship between Japan and the U.S. at the local community level, company level, and grassroots level, which constitutes the bedrock of the Japan-U.S. alliance; the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy.

2. Minister Motegi also stated that the global outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the need for enhanced international cooperation and Japan will work hand in hand with our ally, the U.S., to exercise leadership in creating rules and new international order in the post-COVID-19 era in various fields.

(Reference 1) 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 57th Japan-U.S. Business Conference is held in an online format from October 27 to 28.

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