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26 May 2020

EU and Japan sign Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Naokazu Takemoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, agreed to step up EU-Japan cooperation in the context of the Japan-EU Leaders Videoconference Meeting. They signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation, and to enhance the synergies between the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, and Moonshot, Japan’s research and development programme.

European and Japanese researchers and innovators will be able to cooperate more easily on global challenges such as health, climate change, digital transition and ageing societies, and to coordinate their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including through open access to research data and results.

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12 December 2019

The 5th Joint Committee Meeting on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the EU and Japan

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At the centre from the left: Ambassador Takeshi Nakane, Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for DG RTD and Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in DG RTD

Research and Innovation are among the key areas of cooperation between the European Union and Japan. Over the years a number of excellent projects have been carried out under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme with the support of Japanese Ministries and Research Funding Agencies in the areas of renewable energy, disaster risk reduction, power electronics, arctic research, health, space, etc. The European Commission and the Government of Japan are seeking to enhance this cooperation at a time of increasing global challenges.

The conditions to cooperate more closely are very favourable with the 6th Science and Technology Basic Plan and the "Moonshot" Research and Development Programme in Japan and the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme "Horizon Europe" being currently under the preparation. During the 5th Joint Committee Meeting the EU and Japan decided to work on concrete steps to strengthen the collaboration in view of the EU – Japan Summit 2020. They expressed their commitment to bring the level of the collaboration between Japan and EU closer to its potential that characterises the world's leading research and innovation powerhouses.

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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.

Timeline:

  • 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.

 

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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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) 229 80062
Email:
Anne.HAGLUND-MORRISSEY@ec.europa.eu
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Gediminas Ramanauskas
Head of Science & Technology
Europa House, 4-6-28 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0047, Japan
Telephone: (+81) 3 5422 6050
Fax: (+81) 3 5420 5544
Email:
Gediminas Ramanauskas