Hiroshi Kajiyama (Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry) and Eiichiro Washio (Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs) participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Washio highlighted the importance of strengthening supply chains, especially that of the COVID-19 vaccine, to help halt the spread of the virus. He also indicated that high-quality infrastructure is key to economic recovery and that Japan will implement infrastructural projects such as contributing to smart cities. Washio also emphasized the need for international cooperation in promoting human security.
Washio indicated that Japan will increase outreach on the World Trade Organization’s Trade and Health Initiative, advance negotiations with e-commerce companies, and work to formulate proposals to resolve conflict issues.