Japan-US Business Conference launches online

Business leaders from Japan and the US are meeting to discuss ways to recover economic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 60 senior executives have gathered online at this year's 58th Japan-US Business Conference.
Also up for discussion is decarbonization and economic security.

Both sides expressed the need for cooperation to deal with their issues.

Hirano Nobuyuki who leads the Japanese team, is also chair of the Japan-US Business Council.
He said "We have all seen how COVID-19 has dramatically changed our way of life and way of doing business, exacerbated social divisions. Now is the time for us to commit to achieving a strong recovery from the pandemic and to build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic and social systems."

The leader of the US side, Douglas Peterson, is President and CEO of ratings firm S&P Global.
He spoke of the importance of the private sector in "overcoming supply chain challenges as well as promoting digital transformation and energy transition."

The conference continues until Thursday, with members to adopt a joint statement.