Dr. Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs meets with Minister of Science of Canada
May 18, 2016
On May 18th 2016, Dr. Teruo Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science of Canada who is visiting Japan.
1. Minister Duncan expressed her condolence on those affected by the recent Kumamoto Earthquake, and thanked the Japanese side for organizing the G7 Science & Technology Ministers’ meeting in Tsukuba, whose organization and substance she praised . The Japanese side noted the importance of science and technology in the G7-related meetings being held in Japan this year, including the Science and Technology Ministers’ meeting.
2. Dr. Kishi and Minister Duncan exchanged views on how to provide scientific advice on policy issues. Dr. Kishi, responding to questions from Minister Duncan, answered that, in order to provide meaningful advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs as his Science and Technology Advisor, he has been making efforts to build networks within and without of Japan, considering matters in individual areas with support of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy, comprising 17 experts, and advising on the choice of agendas of major international conferences on which Japan takes initiative. While Minister Duncan expressed her appreciation, both concurred on the importance to continue dialog on how to utilize science and technology for diplomacy and other policy issues.