Kishida’s visit this time, the Japanese media called it a “lifeline” to protect Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the western Saudi city of Jeddah on the 16th local time. The two sides agreed to promote the realization of a decarbonized society and deepen cooperation in the fields of solar energy, hydrogen, ammonia and other clean energy. Kishida expressed his gratitude for the stable supply of crude oil.

Saudi Arabia is trying to wean itself off oil and is interested in refined technologies such as hydrogen, which burns without emitting carbon dioxide, the report said. Kishida’s trip to the Middle East brought about 40 Japanese companies and concluded 26 memorandums of understanding with Saudi Arabia in fields such as energy. Japan intends to enhance the relationship between the two countries through technological cooperation, so as to stabilize and ensure crude oil.

During the talks, the two sides confirmed that they will work together for the stability of the international energy market, and also agreed on cooperation in the fields of cutting-edge technology and tourism.

After the talks, Kishida told the media regarding the relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia: “We will get rid of the relationship between oil-producing countries and consuming countries so far, and deepen it into a new global partnership in the era of decarbonization.”

According to a report by Japan’s “Yomiuri Shimbun” on July 17, under the background of the unclear energy situation due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the important purpose of Fumio Kishida’s first trip to the Middle East during his tenure is to find a stable mid-to-long term for Japan. way of energy supply. In the talks with leaders of various countries, Kishida plans to emphasize the attitude of attaching importance to cooperation in the field of new energy.

According to the report, Kishida emphasized the significance of the visit in an interview before his departure on the 16th, calling the three countries in the Middle East to be “extremely important partners to ensure Japan’s stable energy supply.”

The first stop of this visit is Saudi Arabia, which regards itself as the leader of the Arab world and occupies a dominant position in both OPEC and the “OPEC+” mechanism, which includes oil-producing countries such as Russia. The second stop is the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which together account for 80% of Japan’s oil imports.

The report believes that for Japan, which relies heavily on overseas energy imports, building close relations with Middle Eastern countries is its own lifeline. Therefore, the Japanese government regards strengthening relations with Middle Eastern countries as the key, and at the same time focuses on “expanding cooperation in the use of Japan’s advanced technology” with the decarbonization process as the core.

Decarbonization has become a world trend, and Middle Eastern countries have to get rid of their dependence on oil. Saudi Arabia’s goal is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, and the UAE’s goal is to achieve this goal by 2050. In the talks with the leaders of the two countries this time, Kishida will put forward a new concept of turning the Middle East into a new energy base, and promise to provide Japan’s ammonia production and hydrogen transportation technology to the two countries.

According to the report, Koichi Nakagawa, chief researcher at Mitsubishi Research Institute, pointed out: “The important thing is to show what kind of contribution Japan’s wisdom and experience can make to the local area.” Relations with Middle Eastern countries.

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