Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga gave a statement on Japan's post-COVID-19 priorities, on Friday, as part of the Malaysian-hosted, online summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
He said, «Japan intends to take a leadership role» in a «free and open Indo-Pacific» in a region with «a sustainable economy and society that is resilient against all kinds of crises.»
«The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light vulnerabilities in supply chains,» Suga noted, saying a more resilient, diversified chain of supply was a priority for Japan going forwards, with digital transformation and innovation being a key area of focus.
In his statement, Suga added Japan would be taking a leadership role in the reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as part of his policy.
The Prime Minister also noted that the commitment would fall under Japan's vision for a green society, in accordance to their government's commitment «to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero, and achieve a decarbonised society, by 2050.»
The APEC meeting happened one week after China and 14 other Asia-Pacific countries signed the world's biggest trade deal, called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which does not include the United States.