A Forum opening a new EU-Japan cooperation phase
March 5, 2008
The 2008 EU-Japan Cooperation Forum on ICT Research was successfully held yesterday and today at the Mita Kaigisho Conference Hall of the Japanese Government in Tokyo. It was co-organised by the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media), and four Japanese Ministries: the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
A total of 230 delegates attended this 2-day conference, among them 85 European delegates (either based in Japan or in Europe: 45 delegates coming from 15 European countries), representing the industry (around 40%), the academic world (30%) and institutions (30%).
The event opening session, chaired by Dr. Philippe de Taxis du Poet - First Counsellor - Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, included addresses from H.E. Miran Skender - Ambassador of Slovenia in Japan, Mr. Kiyoshi Mori - Vice Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), MIC, Mr. Hideichi Okada - Director-General for Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, H.E. Hugh Richardson - Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, and Mr. Fabio Colasanti - Director-General, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission.
During his speech, Mr. Colasanti underlined that the present level of cooperation on ICT research between Europe and Japan was too low, when considering the need and the will expressed by both sides. He shared his confidence that the present Forum could be a milestone in the reinforcement of this cooperation, and that a new phase would open, facilitated by the EU-Japan S&T agreement that should be signed in the near future.
The opening session was followed by a media briefing during which Mr. Colasanti and Mr. Mori had the opportunity to interact with Japanese journalists. A press article published on March 4 in the Kyodo News can be accessed here.
Then, another plenary session, chaired by Mr. Hiroya Izumi - Director of International Economic Affairs Division, MIC, was devoted to keynote addresses from representatives of the European and Japanese industry and academic world: Mr. Chiaki Ito - Corporate Senior Executive, Vice President and Representative Director Fujitsu, Ltd., Dr. Horst Melcher - President, Deutsche Telekom Japan, Prof. Yasuhiko Arakawa - Professor, The University of Tokyo, and Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar - Co-director of the AIST-CNRS Joint Japanese-French Robotics Laboratory.
Then, the event was structured into parallel sessions, each of them devoted to a specific theme: e-Transport, Nanoelectronics, Photonic Network Technology, Networked Electronic Media, Next Generation Information Retrieval and Analysis Technologies, Ubiquitous Network Technology, New Generation Network, and RFID.
These parallel sessions allowed participants to better understand the research status and perspectives on the different themes in Europe and in Japan, and to more precisely evaluate the potential for future cooperation in each area, in particular under the European 7th Research Programme (FP7), introduced in detail by Mr. Alvis Ancans - International Relations Unit - DG Information Society and Media - European Commission, during the specific information plenary session that took place at the end of the first day.
The closing session, chaired by Dr. Stephan Pascall, Adviser - Directorate Components & Systems - DG Information Society and Media - European Commission, and Mr. Atsushi Umino, Deputy Director of International Economic Affairs Division, MIC allowed the Chairmen of the parallel sessions to present overviews of the discussions and conclusions related to their sessions. The closing session led indeed to truly take stock of the two days and highlight an important potential for the future, which planned dialogues and events in the next months should contribute transforming into concrete projects.
The detailed conference agenda, allowing to download all presentations made during the two days is available here, while the attendee list can be downloaded here and a selection of pictures taken during the event can be accessed here.
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