Global energy security issues top agenda during IEA chief’s Tokyo visit

16 September 2015

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol (left) meets with Yoichi Miyazawa, Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, on 15 September in Tokyo.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol discussed global energy security issues with Japanese government leaders this week during a two-day visit to Tokyo.

In a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, 15 September, Dr. Birol presented his vision for modernising the IEA, especially through greater engagement with the world’s rising energy powers. The two also discussed ways in which the IEA can assist Japan next year when it holds the Group of Seven presidency.

These and other topics featured prominently during Dr. Birol's subsequent meetings that day with Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; Yasuhide Nakayama, State Minister for Foreign Affairs; Satoshi Kusakabe, Commissioner of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy; and Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

On Wednesday, 16 September, Dr. Birol addressed the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2015, hosted by METI and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC). To read his remarks, which focused on the need for reforms to Asian LNG markets, please click here.

View a video clip of the start of Dr. Birol's meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan here