July 5, 2013 Vol. 9, No. 1

· New Growth Strategy: The Formulation of "Japan Revitalisation Strategy-Japan is Back-"

· G8 Summit 2013 in Lough Erne


· 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

Discussions took place
at the Headquarters
for Japan's Economic
Revitalization (©Cabinet
Public Relations Office)

New Growth Strategy: The Formulation of "Japan Revitalisation Strategy-Japan is Back-"

-Cabinet Public Relations Office
June 21, 2013

On June, 14, 2013, the third arrow of Prime Minister Abe's economic policy, "Japan Revitalization Strategy," was officially approved in a Cabinet Decision.

The third arrow is where the structural changes will occur that will carry Japan forward for the long term. With this strategy, the government aims at achieving around 3% nominal GDP growth and around 2% real GDP growth over the next ten years, while per capita income (nominal gross national income) is expected to increase by more than 3% annually or 1.5 million yen in ten years. In addition, the government decided to maintain the medium and long-term fiscal consolidation targets.

Prime Minister Abe is determined to take the actions necessary to revitalize Japan's economy.

Leaders at the G8 Summit
(©Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

G8 Summit 2013 in Lough Erne

-Cabinet Public Relations Office
June 17-18, 2013

On June 17-18, 2013, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the 39th G8 Summit held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. Starting on June 17, 2013 (local time), Prime Minister Abe held talks with Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and then held talks with Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

Afterwards, the Prime Minister received a welcome from Prime Minister Cameron of the UK. Later, Prime Minister Abe held talks with Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Dr. Enrico Letta, President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Italy, and Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation, respectively.

On the following day, June 18 (local time), the Prime Minister attended a session on "Counter Terrorism." This was followed by a photograph session of G8 and EU leaders.

In the late afternoon, in Belfast, the Prime Minister participated in an exchange meeting with members of Japanese companies in Northern Ireland and lastly held a press conference.

The Fifth Tokyo International
Conference on African
Development (©Ministry
of Foreign Affairs)


-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
June 3, 2013

The Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) was held in Yokohama on June 1-3. Under the basic concept of "Hand in Hand with a More Dynamic Africa," active discussions took place on the direction of African development in line with the core themes of TICAD V, namely "Robust and Sustainable Economy," "Inclusive and Resilient Society" and "Peace and Stability." Reflecting the importance of growth led by the private sector, a "Dialogue with the Private Sector" session for direct engagement between African leaders and representatives of Japanese private-sector was held for the first time at a TICAD plenary session.

TICAD V was co-chaired by Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the African Union (AU).

40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
June 2013

ASEAN and Japan mark the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue relations in 2013. To celebrate this milestone, the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference with Japan, held in July 2012, agreed to carry out commemorative activities throughout 2013.

ASEAN and Japan's cooperative partnership began in 1973 with the establishment of ASEAN-Japan forum on synthetic rubber. Through the years, ASEAN and Japan have forged close cooperation towards peace, stability, development and prosperity in Asia. They have established close business partnership with total bilateral trade amounting to 248 billion US dollars in 2011. ASEAN Member States are major foreign direct investment destinations for Japanese enterprises.

For 2013, Japan and ASEAN Member States plan to carry out exchange projects in a wide range of fields, including political dialogue, economy, culture, youth, and tourism. Exchange programs of concerned organizations and private sectors are encouraged, as are collaborative activities by government and private sectors.