Executives' Comments Comment by Chairman
Chairman Sakakibara's Comments on
the First Meeting of the Japan-US Economic Dialogue
Following the agreement reached at the recent Japan-US summit talks, I welcome the start of the Japan-US economic dialogue between Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and US Vice President Mike Pence.
I believe that this dialogue will build a platform for stronger economic ties between our two countries. I hope that, through these discussions, Japan and the United States will share the fruits of growth and employment, and lead to the development of free and open international economic systems in the Asia-Pacific region.
Today we released a document entitled "Keidanren's Principal Position on the US-Japan Economic Relationship." Based on this position paper, I will expeditiously communicate our views on the contributions that Japanese companies make to the US economy and other related matters to all those involved in bilateral relations, beginning with Vice President Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who are currently visiting Japan. The public and private sectors will use the start of the economic dialogue as an opportunity to engage in positive discussions aimed at further strengthening and developing win-win relationships.
To promote the exchange of views and mutual understanding at all levels in the US, a Keidanren economic mission will visit Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Washington, DC in mid-May for talks with federal and state officials and lawmakers. I plan to lead another mission to the US in the fall, which I hope will help to build broader and deeper bilateral ties through discussions with various parties.