Japanese trade agency optimistic about Chinese market

A Toden Arakawa Line tram, also known as Tokyo Sakura Tram (R) waits for the traffic near Asukayama Park with blooming cherry blossom, at evening hour in Tokyo on March 31, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

SHANGHAI, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Although some parts of China have been hit by a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) said it remains optimistic about the Chinese market and Japan-China economic cooperation.

Kenji Mizuta, president of JETRO's Shanghai representative office, said that JETRO has always had firm confidence in China's enormous market.

The agency will work concertedly to combat the epidemic and hopes that Japanese companies will be able to resume offline operations soon, he said.

He added that JETRO will continue to organize Japanese enterprises to participate in the China International Import Expo in Shanghai this year.

Shanghai reported 358 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 4,144 asymptomatic carriers on Thursday.

The megacity in east China on Monday began its two-phase enforcement of temporary closed-off management to track possible infections and curb the spread of the virus.