October 28, 2023
On October 28th, Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoko Kamikawa attended a “Welcome Reception” in Sakai City for approximately 40 minutes from around 5:35 p.m. and for approximately 115 minutes from around 6:25 p.m. She held “Trade and Sustainability – Environment, Development and Digital” (Session 1) respectively. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
2. “Trade and Sustainability – Environment, Development and Digital – Including Perspectives on MC13” (Session 1)
- (a) This meeting was chaired by Minister Kamikawa and was held in a working dinner format. In the afternoon, the Emperor Nintoku Mausoleum, which the ministers and participants had visited, was introduced once again, and representatives of partner countries and international organizations were also invited to participate in discussions with G7 members. Minister Kamikawa led the discussion among the participants and proposed trade and trade policies to tackle global challenges such as climate change and strengthening food security, promote digital trade, achieve sustainable development, and improve inclusiveness. We discussed how we can contribute.
- (b) Minister Kamikawa pointed out the importance of inclusiveness from the perspective of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and said that it is necessary to take into consideration the perspectives of gender and minorities when working on trade and sustainable development. I emphasized.
- (c) At the meeting, the G7 and international partners beyond the G7 will strengthen cooperation for the sustainable development of the global economy and ensure that trade plays a role in addressing challenges such as climate change and food security. emphasized.
- (d) Minister Kamikawa also introduced that the food served uses ingredients from Hokkaido, Fukushima prefecture, and other parts of Japan, including Osaka. Minister Kamikawa emphasized that Japan places food safety as its top priority and provides transparent and honest explanations based on scientific evidence.