In the framework of the 23rd Japan-EU Summit held in Tokyo (29 May 2015), the European Commission and Japan have agreed to deepen their co-operation on research and innovation based on a new strategic partnership.The agreement will build on the strong research ties in areas like ICT and aeronautics and strengthen collaboration in health and medical research, environment, energy and physics. The partners will also set up a joint funding mechanism that will make it easier to finance common R&I projects and collaborate more closely on policy aspects, for example open science.
Commenting, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Europe and Japan must tackle many of the same challenges such as energy security, ageing populations or access to critical materials. So it’s only natural that we also work together closely to find solutions to these challenges. The joint vision endorsed today will take our co-operation to the next level.”