Meeting focussed on developing investment and trade cooperation, and sharing views on economic recovery
Minister Browne meeting with Senior Vice Minister Hiraoka
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Jeremy Browne called on Mr Hideo Hiraoka, Japan’s Senior Vice Minister at the Cabinet Office, on 9 September, and stressed the importance Britain places on Japan as an economic and commercial partner.
The long history of strong bilateral relations between the UK and Japan in trade and investment was continuing, notably with the development of green, low carbon industries. He stated that Britain’s coalition government believed trade and investment should be a key part of a successful foreign policy, and that a genuine and long-lasting economic recovery would have its foundations in the private sector.
Minister Browne also highlighted the huge potential benefits and increased trade flows for both UK and Japanese businesses which could be created through the removal of remaining barriers to trade, specifically non-tariff barriers (NTBs). The UK and Japan will continue to work together to drive reform in support of growth.