US to boost healthcare, eco-friendly exports to Japan

* U.S. trying to double exports

* U.S. firms see demand in healthcare, energy in Japan

By Stanley White

TOKYO, May 14 (BestGrowthStock) – The United States will seek to
increase exports of environment-friendly technology, medical and
agricultural goods to Japan as part of its goal to double overall
exports, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Health care and pharmaceuticals will be a focus, with demand
expected to increase as Japan’s population rapidly grows older,
said Jose Fernandez, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for
economics.

U.S. President Barack Obama has set a goal of doubling
exports to more than $3 trillion in 2014 to support or create 2
million jobs with increased U.S. government advocacy and
financing for exporters.

“U.S. companies are telling us they see opportunities not
just in healthcare, but they see opportunities in clean energy
and consumer products,” Fernandez told reporters.

Fernandez, who visited Tokyo to meet with Japanese government
officials and U.S. firms, said the United States did not have
numerical targets for how much it expects to increase exports to
Japan or other countries.

Fernandez also said he hopes the Japanese government’s plan
to scale back the privatisation of Japan Post, a state-owned
conglomerate with insurance, banking and postal units, would not
lead to unfair competition.

Japan Post is the country’s largest financial institution,
with financial assets of about 300 trillion yen ($3.2 trillion),
more than France’s gross domestic product.

Investing Research
(Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

US to boost healthcare, eco-friendly exports to Japan