Japans premiärminister Shinzō Abe anlände Israel under söndagen tillsammans med en delegation bestående av över 100 regeringstjänstemän och höga chefer från det japanska näringslivet för att utöka det bilaterala ekonomiska samarbetet. Japan är världens tredje största ekonomi med en BNP på 4,73 miljarder dollar (2013). Senast en japansk premiärminister besökte Israel var 2006.
Det var glada miner när premiärminister Netanyahu tog emot sin japanske dito:
”Jag är väldigt glad över att kunna välkomna er. Det ger oss en historisk möjlighet att föra samman den fantastiska förmågan som finns hos det japanska och israeliska folket. Jag tror att det finns många ekonomiska, teknologiska och andra områden där vi kan samarbeta och jag ser fram emot att göra just detta då kommer att gagna våra folk.”
Vid ett efterföljande möte tillsammans med 26 japanska företagsrepresentanter och chefer sa den japanske premiärministern:
”Vi söker nu efter en stadig utveckling av vår bilaterala relation på ett övergripande plan. Av alla de olika områden där vi har ett nära samarbete är det inom det ekonomiska området störst potential finns. Därför har jag denna gång med mig en företagsdelegation bestående av framstående företagsledare och vd:ar som har stor erfarenhet av handel med Israel och som alla delar den goda relationen med Israel.”
Premiärminister Netanyahu och Abe besökte en särskild utställning med innovativa israeliska teknologierna där israeliska företag fick möjlighet att visa upp sin produkter för den japanske premiärminister.
Phinergy – en ledande utvecklare inom nollutsläpp och system med hög energitäthet.
RealView – introducerar världens första holografiska 3D-display and gränssnittssystem för medicinska bildprogram.
ReWalk – ett bärbart exoskelett som driver höft- och knärörelser vilket gör det möjligt för personer med ryggmärgskada att stå och gå.
ConsumerPhysics – med sin lilla SCiO-spektrometer kan du få omedelbar information om den kemiska sammansättningen av allt du har runt dig – direkt till din smartphone.
ElMindA – dess BNA™-teknologi gör att du för första gången kan visualisera och utvärdera de komplexa neurofysiologiska sammankopplingarna av en hjärna i arbete.
Här kan du läsa Netanyahus och Abes tal vid Israel-Japan Business Forum.
Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Abe later addressed the Japan-Israel Business Forum:
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Prime Minister Abe, it is a pleasure to be with you here in Jerusalem with your distinguished delegation, and I’ll be happy in the next days to reciprocate the warm reception you gave me and my delegation in Japan.
I said then, I said now in a meeting with some of the leaders here, with Prime Minister Abe: The future belongs to those who innovate. Japan is a country of innovation; Israel is a country of innovation. Together we can do a lot more and gain a lot more.
Your visit here, Prime Minster, clearly demonstrates your commitment to this idea and your commitment to strengthening the partnership between Israel and japan in so many areas.
I believe that Israel, in turn, must diversify its markets to include Japan and the other great economies of Asia. That’s why your visit here, which I believe is historic, is important for both our countries.
We have with us business leaders from Japan and Israel. They are here for the same reason that we are here. We all understand that there is great untapped potential in our relations. Our bilateral trade can grow rapidly. So can investments, joint ventures and exchanges of technology.
The Prime Minister and I just saw a demonstration of Israeli technology. It covers all fields. There’s a lot of synthesis; there’s a lot of creativity. And I believe that if we enhance your creativity and our creativity by joining forces, we can exploit the proven capabilities of our two economies and the genius of our two peoples. Japan has outstanding industry, advanced science, renowned quality control, remarkable ideas and massive global reach. Israel has had a record of innovative and creative thinking, which has led to countless original ideas and products.
I spoke to the Prime Minister about one area that is reshaping our world: cyber security. It’s a subject that’s been in the news recently, and for good reason. As the internet economy grows, the need for cyber security grows. Despite the fact that we’re only a country of a few million people, Israel receives almost 10% of the investment in cyber security start-ups. This is a vast multiple over our relative proportion in the world’s population.
We welcome you in this field; we welcome you in any field to cooperate for the betterment of mankind and also for the profitability of your companies and ours and for the prosperity of the people of Japan and the people of Israel.
I think we can agree that even though I was delighted to hear about the activity of Japanese companies here in Israel, I think we can agree, Prime Minister, that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the potential for cooperation in our relationship.
The government of Israel understands this and this is why a few weeks ago we approved a plan to strengthen our economic ties with Japan. This plan outlines a roadmap for enhancing cooperation between our two countries. We’re investing tens of millions of shekels over the next three years to strengthen the Israeli-Japanese partnership.
Among the steps that were approved by the Cabinet was opening a trade office in Osaka, in addition to the existing offices in Tokyo; and also increasing the number of commercial attachés in Japan; broadening Israeli companies’ exposure to Japanese firms and vice-versa. We want to advance negotiations on bilateral agreements to encourage and protect investment, and to increase research grants by 50% this year, in 2015.
There are many things that we can do, many more things available to us. The sky’s the limit, and we don’t need to stop in the sky. We can go higher, into higher and higher plains of cooperation.
I think, Prime Minister, that we all understand this: we live in a knowledge century. The way to succeed is through constant innovation. It never stops. You can never rest on your laurels.
Innovation creates competitive advantage, and the lack of innovation creates competitive disadvantage. We have to consistently turn the wheel of creativity. It’s the only way to consistently add value to our products and services.
Once again, the future belongs to those companies and those countries that are on the cutting edge of technological innovation. Israel is on that cutting edge; Japan is on that cutting edge. And I think that some countries have realized this and are tapping in to this creativity. That’s why I think, Prime Minister Abe that your wise decision to make sure that leading Japanese companies are represented here, that Japan and it technological prowess is represented here. I think this is a very, very good decision for Japan and it’s a very, very good decision for Israel. This is why I’m so happy, Prime Minister, to welcome you here with your colleagues. We welcome you with open arms.
Welcome to Israel.
Prime Minister Abe: His Excellency Prime Minister Netanyahu, distinguished members of business communities of both Japan and Israel, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity to share my views with you all here, the business leaders of both Japan and Israel today.
Japan and Israel, both of the countries don’t have that much of the natural resources. But what we have is the human resources and also the key word that we share is innovation. This has been the key for us to open up the future.
Bilateral ties between Japan and Israel are now deepening in every field. Most recently, the government of Israel just made a cabinet decision on the plan to strengthen economic ties with Japan. These developments in our economic relations are eye opening and also attract so much attention.
It is said that hundreds of world leading global firms featuring cutting edge technologies now have their R&D bases in Israel. If those companies are asked a question why they invest in Israel, then they will ask you, why not invest in Israel. And it is fair to say that without Israel, we cannot have innovation.
We just had the opportunity to look at the cutting edge technology as well as the innovation that Israel is proud of, with Prime Minister Netanyahu…
Israel is a country where hundreds of new corporations start up their business every year in areas such as ICT, medical services and agriculture, and also produce innovative technologies. And for Japan, innovation is the engine of our economy. Taking both into account there is every reason for Japan to cooperate with this great nation.
The government of Japan dispatched the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry to Israel last summer when we concluded a memorandum of understanding to promote industrial R&D cooperation. Based on this arrangement, corporations of both Japan and Israel are now entitled to receive support from the government when they implement R&D cooperation. If this is of interest to you, please contact NEDO, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
I would also like to draw your attention to today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Israeli Ministry of Science, technology and Space. Based on the new agreement and arrangement they will initiate ICT cooperation.
We are now positioning ourselves in the major trend of marking a turning point in our economic relations, and I sincerely hope that today’s forum will serve as a useful venue for the business leaders of both countries to exchange their views and also to get to know more about each other. And I also hope that this venue would contribute to the further development of the economies of Japan and Israel.
Thank you very much.