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A ceremony was held to mark the execution of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ’

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A ceremony was held to mark the execution of a ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning Cooperation on the Prevention of Smuggling’ between the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) and industry associations, along with an informal gathering in the presence of State Minister of Finance Keisuke Suzuki

On Friday, April 12, a ceremony was held to mark the execution of a “Memorandum of Understanding concerning Cooperation on the Prevention of Smuggling” between the MOF’s CTB and industry associations, along with an informal gathering, in the presence of State Minister of Finance Keisuke Suzuki.


The “Memorandum of Understanding concerning Cooperation on the Prevention of Smuggling” entered into between the MOF’s CTB, and industry associations is a memorandum which will deepen the mutual understanding between the custom and industry associations, and will establish an ongoing cooperative relationship between them in order to realize strict control against smuggling and at the same time smooth customs clearances at the border.


Since 1992, the MOF’s CTB entered into a memorandum with six trade related associations sequentially. In January 2019, the CTB amended the terms of that memorandum by adding to it matters not only related to illicit drugs but also terrorism prevention, and has strengthened its cooperation with those trade related associations. Moreover, the CTB reached out to other industry associations for cooperation and it was decided that the CTB would newly enter into a memorandum with an additional four associations, including three lodging industry associations and one cruise ship association. On April 12, a ceremony to mark its execution was performed.


At the beginning of the ceremony, State Minister of Finance Suzuki, reading a message from Minister of Finance Taro Aso, stated, “Considering the upcoming series of important events, in order to strengthen and accelerate measures against terrorism at the border, the government will promote these measures through the united efforts of the government and the private sector, and through the cooperation received from a wide range of industry associations. With the G20 Osaka Summit and related ministerial meetings approaching at hand, the government will make doubly sure.” In addition, in his opening remarks he said, “Japan is an island nation, and so goods and people always come into Japan by air or by sea. I wish to express my deep gratitude to everyone in the industry associations for playing a very important role in their respective areas of activity.”


In order to strengthen cooperation between the government and the private sector, each representative of the three lodging industry associations and the cruise ship association, and the Customs and Tariff Bureau Director-General Motoya Nakae then signed and exchanged the memorandum.


At the informal gathering held after the ceremony, we discussed how to promote the strengthening of cooperation between the government and the private sector through mutual information exchange with members of the industry associations with which the CTB entered into the memorandum.


The MOF’s CTB will make doubly sure of the measures taken against terrorism at the border, including measures taken with the united efforts of the government and the private sector, especially with the G20 Osaka Summit and related ministerial meetings approaching at hand.

Memorandum executing associations (ten associations in total)
Japan Aircargo Forwaders Association (JAFA), Japan Customs Brokers Association, The Japanese Shipowners’ Association, The Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan (executed in June 1992), Japan Foreign Steamship Association (executed in February 1995), Japan Fisheries Association (executed in April 2000), All Japan Ryokan Hotel Association (Zenryoren), Japan City Hotel Association, Japan Ryokan & Hotel Association, and Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association (executed in April 2019)

【State Minister of Finance Keisuke Suzuki making his opening remarks】

State Minister of Finance Keisuke Suzuki making his opening remarks

 

【Execution of the memorandum with four new associations】(Customs and Tariff Bureau Director-General Motoya Nakae signed for the MOF.)

All Japan Ryokan Hotel Association (Zenryoren)

Chairman Keisuke Tada,
All Japan Ryokan Hotel Association (Zenryoren)

Japan City Hotel Association

President Tsuguyoshi Shimizu
Japan City Hotel Association

Japan Ryokan & Hotel Association

Chairman Shigeki Kitahara
Japan Ryokan & Hotel Association

Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association

President Naohiko Yamaguchi
Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association

 

【Commemorative photo with members of the ten memorandum executing associations】

Commemorative photo with members of the ten memorandum executing associations

From the right in the front row, President Naohiko Yamaguchi of the Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association, Chairman Shigeki Kitahara of the Japan Ryokan & Hotel Association, President Tsuguyoshi Shimizu of the Japan City Hotel Association, Customs and Tariff Bureau Director-General Nakae, State Minister of Finance Suzuki, Chairman Keisuke Tada of the All Japan Ryokan Hotel Association (Zenryoren), Chairman Yutaka Ito of the Japan Aircargo Forwarders Association (JAFA), President Hiroshi Suzuki of the Japan Customs Brokers Association, and Chairman Shigehiro Fujie of the Japan Foreign Steamship Association.
From the right in the back row, Planning and Administration Division Director Yoku Yamazaki , Deputy Director-General Hiroshi Takami, Vice President Yuji Isoda of the Japanese Shipowners’ Association, Chief Executive of Planning Committee Akihiko Miura of the Scheduled Airlines Association of Japan, Executive Managing Director Ken Kobayashi of the Japan Fisheries Association, Deputy Director-General Norio Yamana, and Enforcement Division Director Jun Akita.