Today: Saturday, 9 December 2023 year

The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry at the G7 meeting asked to be called simply by her first name.

The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry at the G7 meeting asked to be called simply by her first name.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, during her welcoming speech at the opening of the G7 ministerial meeting on trade in Osaka Prefecture, asked the event participants to address her by name.

“I am glad to welcome you to the G7 ministerial meeting in Osaka. Please call me Yoko,” she emphasized.

The meeting of G7 trade ministers, chaired by Japan, opened on Saturday afternoon in Osaka Prefecture.

Five sessions will be held over two days, including in an extended format, during which participants will discuss strengthening supply chains, reforming the WTO dispute settlement system, economic security and other issues.

In addition to the usual participants, this year the discussion in an expanded format will also be joined by representatives of the trade departments of Australia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya, as well as the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the President of the Institute economic research for ASEAN and East Asia.


This time, the ministerial meeting will be co-chaired by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa; four thematic sessions and one informational session (Outreach session) are planned.

The sessions “Trade and Sustainability (Environment, Development and Digital Technologies)” and “Conditions for Fair Competition” will be chaired by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa. The Minister of Commerce will chair the sessions “Open and Free Trade – Towards the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference” and “Economic Containment – Strengthening Supply Chains”.