The Japanese government has drawn up an action plan to deepen grassroots exchanges with local governments in the U.S. in a bid to strengthen its relations with the U.S. It plans to organize seminars hosted by Japanese consulates in areas where many Japanese firms are doing business in order to demonstrate their contributions to the local economy and deepen people’s interests in Japan. The plan is aimed at preventing trade friction with the U.S. in view of President Trump’s strong concern about the trade deficit with Japan.
The plan was compiled by a government task force set up in April. Seminars will be held in such areas as Illinois and Indiana.