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8th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM)

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 The elementary components of the 8th APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) TMM that will be held on September 5th, 2013, have been decided as below.

 This is Japan’s first opportunity to host this meeting with the chairmanship of Akihiro Ohta, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Ministers from 21 APEC economies* will discuss and adopt a Ministerial Statement for contribution towards economic growth through activating and improving the efficient flow of people and goods within the APEC region.

 Technical tours broadly covering sectors such as land transportation, maritime, and aviation, are also being planned to introduce Japan’s transportation infrastructure and services to the Ministers.

*Since APEC members include “Countries” such as Japan and Singapore, and “Regions” such as Hong Kong, China and Chinese Taipei, the participating countries and regions are called “Economies” or “Member Economies”.

1. Date

September 5 (Thu.), 2013    Transportation Ministerial Meeting

September 6 (Fri.), 2013     Technical Tours

*On September 4, we plan to hold a Business Forum. With the themes of the Ministerial Meeting in mind, business leaders from both domestic and abroad will meet to discuss on the roles of the public and private sectors, and proposals to the government. Outcomes from the forum will be reported to the Ministerial Meeting. The details will be announced shortly.

2. Location

Tokyo Hotel New Otani

3. Purpose and Content of TMM8

Transportation Ministers of each economy will meet to discuss on the following topics under the main theme of “Enhancing Connectivity*1 by ‘High-Quality Transportation’ in the APEC Region.”

Main Topics

Session 1: Promoting Connectivity

Session 2: Enhancing Transportation Infrastructure

Session 3: Pursuing “Quality Transport” *2

*1 “Connectivity” means physical and institutional connection within the APEC region to promote the free flow of people, goods and capital. This is one of the main themes of this year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

*2 “Quality Transport” describes the idea of achieving a safe, secure and convenient transportation system.

4. Technical Tours

In order to introduce the transportation infrastructure of Japan to the Ministers and delegates of the 20 economies, we have arranged the following 6 trips.

1.Expressway & EV Trip

Highway traffic control center → Automobile factory (Nissan Plant in Oppama)

2.High-speed Rail Trip

Tokyo Station → Ride on Tokaido Shinkansen → “SCMAGLEV and Railway Park” Museum(in Nagoya)

3.Airport Trip

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) (international terminal, flight control facility and D runway)

4.Port & Shipyard Trip

Yokohama Port South Honmoku Pier → Umihotaru parking area → Chiba works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding

5.Urban Transportation Trip

TOKYO SKYTREE® (explanation on construction technologies and urban planning) → Ride on Tobu Sky Tree Line → Asakusa → Sumida River and Tokyo Port (Water bus) → Odaiba

6.High-speed Rail and Tohoku Recovery Trip

Tokyo Station → Ride on Tohoku Shinkansen → Tohoku Regional Development Bureau MLIT (explanation on the damage and recovery from the disaster) → Nobiru Station (damaged area: Senseki Line) → Shinkansen General Rolling Stock Center (observe actual maintenance works)

5. APEC Economies

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, The United States, Viet Nam

Attached Documents

8th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM)(PDF形式)link for PDF

Contact Information

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, International Policy Division, Policy Bureau, Mr. Masatoshi Miyake, Mr. Takatomo Kinoshita
TEL +81-(0)3-5253-8111 (ex. 25751, 25753)