The 5th Meeting of the Advisory Board for Promoting Science and Technology Diplomacy
On August 31st, the 5th Meeting of the Advisory Board for Promoting Science and Technology Diplomacy was held in a hybrid format (online and in person), with the participation of Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof. MATSUMOTO Yoichiro, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Dr. KOTANI Motoko, Science and Technology Co-Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- At the beginning, Mr. HAYASHI emphasized the importance of promoting Science and Technology Diplomacy in a time where science, technology and innovations (STI) is further increasing its volume from viewpoints such as solving global issues and ensuring economic security. In this context, he expressed his appreciation for the active discussions held by the Advisory Board for Promoting Science and Technology Diplomacy. Also, Mr. HAYASHI referred to the recommendations submitted by the Board in June 2022 (“Strengthening the Foundation of Science and Technology Capabilities”) and stated that taking into consideration of the report, the Foreign Ministry will advance cooperation with relevant ministries and agencies and will strive to reinforce the structure and functions of diplomatic missions abroad in order to further promote the utilization and its capabilities to gather credible information.
- Prof. MATSUMOTO and Dr. KOTANI reported on their recent activities, such as networking activities through official trips to the United States and the EU, advisory activities on the promotion of international brain circulation based on interviews with Japanese researchers overseas, as well as public outreach activities such as lectures at various forums and TICAD 8 side events.
- The Advisory Board members had active discussions about the current state of Science and Technology diplomacy and its challenges and future directions to pursue, along with themes such as economic security, international brain circulation, and ODA. The Advisory Board is expected to continue to advise and exchange opinions with STI experts and related agencies at various international meetings and diplomatic occasions.