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Policy Dialogue

Recognising science, technology and innovation as key drivers for economic competitiveness, growth and employment, EU-Japan cooperation in this field has a huge potential for finding solutions to meet societal challenges such as secure energy supply, sustainable development and rapidly ageing populations.

The EU-Japan Summit from 2001 enshrined the importance of bilateral cooperation in science and technology as a way to increase industrial competitiveness and ensure sustainable social development.

In March 2011 entered into force the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Japan on cooperation in science and technology.

The first meeting of the Joint S&T Committee in June 2011 in Tokyo, provided a new impetus to S&T policy dialogue. It allowed both sides to take stock of the state of cooperation, identify roadblocks, and agree on a first joint EU-Japan S&T Road Map for 2011-2013. This road map identified three areas of priority cooperation in areas of mutual interest:

  • active and healthy ageing,
  • low carbon technologies,
  • critical raw materials.



  • Connecting and Coordinating European Research and Technology Development with Japan (CONCERT-Japan) is an ERA-NET initiative to coordinate, network and enhance S&T cooperation of the European countries with Japan through developing a concerted cooperation approach. To that end, specific features of this ERA-NET action include the definition of common elements in present cooperation, identification of priorities and models for future cooperation, implementation of a pilot joint funding activity and development of a durable programmatic approach for the future.
  • BILAT in Japan (J-BILAT) has as main objective to explore this potential and enhance EU-Japan cooperation in research and innovation by effectively informing the S&T research community in Japan about the EU programmes and funding instruments, thus promoting participation of EU-Japan joint projects in the FP 7
  • EUrope-Japan opening of LIMMS aims to reinforce research collaboration between Europe and Japan to tackle new challenges in micro and nano technologies. The strategy consists in opening the activity of an international laboratory, the Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems (LIMMS), located in Tokyo, to European partners. The scientific challenge of EUJO-LIMMS is to push the frontiers of micro and nano systems technology in capitalising the complementary expertise of UT and European partners. The hosted European researchers will develop joint projects for new applications in flexible electronics, optics, nanotechnology, molecular and cellular bio-engineering. At mid-project a call will be organised to expend the collaboration to European researchers from other Member States or Associated Countries. The proposals will be stimulated by an open workshop in Europe and the new partner will be selected by the EUJO-LIMMS consortium.



Framework documents

Background documents


European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Patrick Vittet-Philippe
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with Japan
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
Tel: +32(0)2.299.69056

Delegation of the European Union in Japan
Leonidas Karapiperis
Minister-Counsellor, Head of Science & Technology
Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0047, Japan
Telephone: (81) 3 5422 6001
Fax: (81) 3 5420 5544
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