JapanGov Weekly

Monday, September 11, 2017

Press Occasion on Attending the Eastern Economic Forum and Other Matters

Cabinet Secretariat, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

[Provisional Translation]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press occasion at the Prime Minister's Office on September 6, 2017.

In regard to attending the Eastern Economic Forum and other matters, the Prime Minister said,

“My upcoming meeting with President Putin in Vladivostok will be my 19th meeting with the President. I hope to have an in-depth discussion with him in order to resolve the issue of the peace treaty, building upon our series of meetings up until now. I want to further materialize the joint economic activities that were given momentum by the agreement reached during our meeting in Nagato City last year, as well as the arrangements to enable former residents of the Northern Territories to go back and forth freely to the islands, and make progress on the issue of the peace treaty.

We need to make North Korea understand that there will be no bright future for the country if it maintains its current policy and continues down its current path, and make North Korea change its present policy. For this reason, coordinated efforts needs to be made between Japan and Russia, as well as among the international community. To that end I will be holding talks with President Putin and President Moon Jae-in.”


Council on National Strategic Special Zones

Cabinet Secretariat, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

[Provisional Translation]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the 31st meeting of the Council on National Strategic Special Zones at the Prime Minister's Office.

During the meeting, the Council addressed the issues including the certification of special zone plans, the management of National Strategic Special Zones in the future, and so on.

Based on the discussion, the Prime Minister said,

“Today we are joined by Ms. Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, and Mr. Sakae Hirose, Mayor of Yabu City, both of whom have driven reforms of the bedrock regulations, and we have received new proposals from them.

First and the foremost, the nationwide implementation of regulatory exceptions that has been already in place, the review of regulations through public notices and directives, and the creation of a Regulatory Sandbox system are all important themes. I ask that the Council accelerate its discussion toward the early realization of these items.

It is an unwavering policy of the Abe Cabinet to carry out reforms of the bedrocks regulations with a sense of urgency. The National Strategic Special Zones serve as a powerful breakthrough to this end. As echoed by the Council members from the private sector who have stated that the decisions related to the National Strategic Special Zones are crystal clear, all of them were decided through an open and appropriate process. Recently, the coordination done directly among ministries and agencies without the involvement of any third party has led to an endless argument about what was said or not said among the parties involved, inviting public distrust.

Today we received a proposal from private-sector members on improving transparency. Based on the proposal received today, which calls for such measures as the increased use of this Council and other open fora to hold direct discussions among the ministries and agencies in charge of regulations as well as Minister Kajiyama and private-sector members, I would like the private-sector members to further spell out the measures for enhancing the operations.

We need to further step up our efforts for reforms of the bedrocks regulations, which are the foundation of our Growth Strategy, while improving the ability of the National Strategic Special Zones to materialized reforms by reviewing operations aimed at improving transparency. Reforms of the bedrocks regulations are indispensable for the realization of steady growth. I am determined to continue to make every effort for this endeavor.”