While Japan is experiencing substantial economic recovery, it is also facing various challenges such as declining population and aging society. In order for Japan to continue stable economic growth and become an attractive "venue" to the rest of the world, it is critically important to incorporate the growth and vitality of the world, in particular Asia's growth.
For this purpose, it is essential for Japan to establish an open economy and society which promotes freer exchange of people, goods capital, culture and information. When doing so, Japan needs to reassess its valuable resources in areas such as nature, history, culture and tradition. This would enable Japan to appeal its attractiveness as a "beautiful country" to the world, and achieve its goal of realizing "new creation and growth."
"The Asian Gateway Initiative" provides a comprehensive policy package necessary for Japan to become an attractive country. The Initiative also aims to publicize Japan's attractiveness to the world. To articulate the substance of this Initiative, the Council for Asian Gateway Initiative (also known as Asian Gateway Strategy Council) was formed and a number of meetings held. The Council discussed wide-ranging issues to identify specific policy measures necessary to realize the Initiative.
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