Extention of the Agreement between Japan and the US on Cooperation in Research and Development in Science and Technology
April 23, 2014
- On April 23, in Tokyo, “Protocol extending the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America on Cooperation in Research and Development in Science and Technology” was signed between Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Japanese side and Her Excellency Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, on the U.S. side.
- Since this Agreement was concluded on June 20, 1988 and successively extended, the cooperation in science and technology between both sides has been progressing smoothly. The effective period of this Agreement, which was extended in 2004 and expires this July 19, is to be extended for ten years from this July 20 by the signing of the Protocol.
- At the signing ceremony, Minister Kishida stated that cooperation between Japan and the U.S., both of which being leading countries in the field of science and technology, has a significant value because it had contributed to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance and further development of society, economy, and humankind in the whole world. Ambassador Kennedy stated that the both countries’ world class cooperation in the field of science and technology has the broadest scope on complicated issues, and many innovated technologies today which used to be mere sketches in labs 25 years ago when the U.S. and Japan first signed the Agreement have been developed in various fields ranging from deep ocean to space. Through these statements, they both expressed their hope for further development of science and technology cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in the future.