International Cooperation


29 November 2018

EU–Japan high level meeting on research and innovation cooperation

From left to right: Mr Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN; Mr Yoshio Yamawaki, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology (MEXT), Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Director-General Jean-Eric Paquet

On 29 November 2018, Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, met with Yoshio Yamawaki, Japanese Deputy Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN (Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research). They exchanged information on new science, technology and innovation policies in Europe and in Japan, and discussed closer cooperation in view of the next European Union framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon Europe - and the next Japanese Science and Technology Basic Plan - both of which will start in 2021.

10 October 2018

New cooperation arrangement signed between the European Commission and the Japan Science and Technology Agency to strengthen researchers cooperation

Head of EU Delegation P Flor, ERC President J-P Bourguignon, DG J-E Paquet, Minister M Shibayama of MEXT and JST President M Hamaguchi

On 7 October, Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, together with Mr Michinari Hamaguchi, President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), signed a cooperation arrangement promoting researchers' cooperation between Japan and the European Union (EU). The arrangement was signed in the presence of Ms Patricia Flor, Head of the EU Delegation to Japan, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council (ERC) and Minister Masahiko Shibayama of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology (MEXT).

The arrangement will provide opportunities for Japan-based researchers supported by active JST projects to pursue research collaboration with European researchers already supported through active EU-funded ERC grants. Either single and long-term (3-12 months) or multiple short-term research visits are envisaged. The two sides also intend to explore the possibility of attracting and encouraging European researchers to visit Japanese research teams.

The implementing arrangement will be the second such arrangement signed with a Japanese research funding agency. There is already such an arrangement with the agency Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (from 2015).

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Policy Background

Japan is a key strategic partner for Europe and research and innovation relations between the EU and Japan have developed steadily over the past two decades. The main intention is to promote research excellence, and to increase growth and industrial competitiveness.


  • March 2011: Agreement on cooperation in Science and Technology (S&T) between the European Community and the Government of Japan enters into force.
  • June 2011, Tokyo: 1st meeting of the Joint S&T Committee provides a new impetus to the S&T policy dialogue. It allows 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.
  • June 2013, Tokyo: 2nd meeting of the Joint S&T Committee discusses strategic areas of common interest. The focus is on three jointly defined "flagship" priorities - critical raw materials, aeronautics and ICTs - and to assess cooperation in these three fields and in energy.
  • Since September 2014: A roadmap for the cooperation between the EU and Japan provides medium term priorities for the future cooperation. It reflects the current state of agreement in the EU-Japan policy dialogue. (The roadmap is part of the "Report on the Implementation of the Strategy for International Cooperation" from September 2014).
  • May 2014, the aim for a new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation is expressed by the leaders of the 22nd EU-Japan Summit.
  • May 2015, Brussels: 3rd meeting of the Joint S&T Committee assesses the progress achieved and adopts a joint vision on a new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation. The new strategic partnership aims at deepening the strategic cooperation and foresees frequent consultations at multiple levels. Main topics are:
    • promoting joint research activities in key thematic areas which includes:
      • continuing the cooperation in ICT, aeronautics and materials (including critical raw materials), and
      • increasing the cooperation in health/medical research, environment, energy and high-energy physics
    • establishing a mechanism for joint funding of research projects
    • developing measures enhancing the mobility of researchers such as the ERC-JSPS cooperation arrangement
    • closer consultation and collaboration on Science, Technology and Innovation policies such as Open Science
    • promoting public engagement to give further visibility to the EU-Japan cooperation in research and innovation
  • 29 May 2015, endorsement of the joint vision for the new EU-Japan strategic partnership in Research and Innovation at the 23rd Japan-EU Summit Projects.



JEUPISTE (2013-2016)

In September 2013, a new BILAT project, Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology (JEUPISTE) was launched. 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.


EUJO-LIMMS (2011-2016)

EUrope-Japan opening of LIMMS (EUJO-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. LIMMS is a Joint Unit between the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. The scientific challenge of EUJO-LIMMS is to push the frontiers of micro and nano systems technology in capitalising the complementary expertise of the University of Tokyo and European partners.

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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) 229 80062
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