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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.

In March 2011, the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Japan on cooperation in science and technology (S&T) entered into force.

The first meeting of the Joint S&T Committee related to the S&T agreement 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.

At the EU-Japan Summit in May 2014, the leaders expressed the aim for a "new strategic partnership in research and innovation".

The roadmap for cooperation between the EU and Japan (attached to the Report on the Implementation of the Strategy for International Cooperation from September 2014) provides an overview of what are considered to be the medium term priorities for future cooperation, reflecting the current state of agreement in the EU-Japan policy dialogue. The following areas are considered to be priority areas for future cooperation with Japan:

  • Critical raw materials
  • Transport research including aviation
  • ICT

In addition to these three ‘flagship’ priorities, cooperation is also ongoing in a number of other areas, including energy (non-nuclear), space research and innovation, health, security research and Euratom. Ocean research and robotics are other areas with potential for increased cooperation.

 

Projects

  • In September 2013, a new BILAT project, Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology (JEUPISTE) was launched. For 3 years, JEUPISTE will further enhance the level of Europe-Japan cooperation with richer activities, including contribution to the EU-Japan STI policy dialogues, implementation of bilateral information services, active network building through academic/innovation workshops, operation of help desk and organisation of training courses. The JEUPISTE project aims at promoting EU-Japan cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) through supports to policy dialogues, deployment of bilateral information services, organisation of networking events focusing on specific technologies and/or societal challenges, operation of help desk services and contribution to the development of human resources for collaborative projects.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

Framework documents

Background documents

Contacts

European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Anne Haglund Morrissey
Policy Officer - R&I Relations with Japan
Unit RTD C1 - Policy Coordination, EFTA and Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia and Pacific
Tel: +32(0)2 229 80062
Email: Anne.HAGLUND-MORRISSEY@ec.europa.eu

Delegation of the European Union to 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
Email: Leonidas.karapiperis@eeas.europa.eu