Japan and Canada are discussing collaboration on
building strong supply chains for battery metals, Japan’s industry minister,
Yasutoshi Nishimura, said on Tuesday.
mission led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and
including 16 companies that work with batteries visited Canada last week for
talks on building sustainable and resilient supply chains, he said.
“Canada has an
abundance of battery metals and good market access to the United States,”
Nishimura told a news conference.
“Canada is one of the
most important countries for Japan when it comes to strengthening our supply
chains of storage battery metals,” he said.
He declined to give
details of the talks but said he would take various opportunities, including an
upcoming G7 ministerial meeting, to reinforce cooperation with Canada.
As the chair of the
Group of Seven nations (G7) this year, Japan will hold a ministerial meeting on
climate, energy and environment in the city of Sapporo on April 15-16, ahead of
a G7 summit in Hiroshima on May 19-21, to promote what it calls a realistic
Batteries are key for
Japan as it strives for carbon neutrality by 2050 as they are the most
important technology in the electrification of automobiles and other devices
and essential for boosting the adoption of renewable energy.