China kicks off import expo in Shanghai

Companies and groups across the world are promoting their products at a large-scale trade fair taking place in the Chinese city of Shanghai.

The Chinese government organized the six-day China International Import Expo starting on Friday. The annual event began in 2018, under the initiative of President Xi Jinping to expand imports from overseas amid the trade row with the United States.

Local media reported that nearly 3,000 companies and groups are participating from more than 120 countries and regions this year. About 300 are taking part from Japan.

The Japan External Trade Organization, or JETRO, has set up a booth displaying various specialties from across Japan. Staff were advertising goods at the booth where visitors can get a taste of alcoholic beverages including sake.

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is promoting environmentally friendly products, such as home appliances and key components of air conditioning equipment that emit less carbon dioxide than conventional models.

Homma Tetsuro, the company's Regional Head for China & Northeast Asia, said he feels a sense of crisis that Japan won't be able to survive globally unless it can make its presence felt in China, which has a population 10 times Japan's.