9th Meeting of the Council for
the Asian Gateway Initiative
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened the 9th Meeting of the Council for the Asian Gateway Initiative at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.
At the meeting, the Council compiled the Asian Gateway Initiative, which envisions Japan acting as a bridge between Asia and the world in the flow of people, goods, money, culture and information, and thereby achieving growth together. As part of this Initiative, the Japanese Cultural Industry Strategy was also formulated.
In his address, Prime Minister Abe spoke of the issues to be tackled, saying, "We see strong national interest in the issues related to airline routes and airports, such as the Asia Open Sky (liberalization of aviation services) and 24-hour operation of international airports in the major metropolitan areas. It is therefore important to demonstrate our stance on these issues internationally as well. We are also facing themes that we need to work on in order to establish the gateway to Asia, including reform of trade procedures, policy for foreign students studying in Japan, the appeal of our country and presentation of our messages abroad."