SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, First Lady Akie Abe and Japanese government officials Thursday night in San Francisco and later joined them at a dinner hosted by entrepreneur Ari Horie.
The governor and prime minister discussed a variety of subjects, including climate change, high-speed rail and further strengthening California’s long-standing ties with Japan.
Last September, Brown signed an agreement with Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae to further cooperation between Japan and California on climate change, renewable energy, trade and investment, zero-emission vehicles, high-speed rail and water.
The agreement calls for the two entities to collaborate on technologies that will support California’s goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, as well as innovation related to high-speed rail, water conservation and renewable energy.
In 2013, Brown met with Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui and signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation between California and its sister-state in Japan on clean energy, environmental protection, tourism and other areas.
Photos by Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol