IEA Chief Economist meets with Prime Minister of Japan

18 February 2015

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol (left) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan received a courtesy call on 16 February from IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol at the Kantei, the official residence of the Japanese Prime Minister.

Mr. Abe congratulated Dr. Birol on his recent appointment as the next IEA Executive Director and expressed his expectation that under his leadership the IEA would help Japan improve its own energy policy while also making a strong contribution to overcoming global energy security and climate change challenges. Mr. Abe went on to reassure Dr. Birol that the work of the Agency would have Japan’s ongoing support. 

While in Tokyo, Dr. Birol also met with Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, to discuss the implications for Japan of recent developments in energy markets and plans for the 2015 IEA Energy Ministerial meeting, which will take place in November.