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Japan's Priority Agenda for its G20 Osaka Summit 2019

John Kirton, Director, G20 Research Group
December 1, 2018

Toward the end of the G20 Buenos Aires Summit on December 1, 2018, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe outlined to his fellow leaders, in Japanese and the watching media and public, his priorities for the Osaka Summit he will host on June 28-29, 2019.

The first was promoting free trade.

The second was science and technology innovation to solve social problems and foster a human-centred society, with an emphasis on women, youth and people with disabilities. This would produce a "post-industrial 4.0 society." This meant promoting free and open cooperation for a future society that harnessed the full potential of science and technology and the digital world.

The third was infrastructure for development.

The fourth was global health, in ways that would foster high economic growth. Health would create an international global public good.

The fifth was climate change, on the grounds that it was essential to enhance environmental and economic growth together. This meant creating good circular economy-environment system, and have the private sector invest to bring it to life. The Osaka environmental priority would include acting against marine plastic pollution and supporting marine biodiversity. A related priority was energy.

The sixth priority was aging populations, as Japan spearheaded the effort to address new emerging issues.

The seventh priority was promoting the Sustainable Development Goals and international development.

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