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Japan, EU to cooperate in coronavirus countermeasures

  • May 28, 2020
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
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Japan and the European Union (EU) have decided to strengthen cooperation in each other’s major research projects with an eye to applying technological innovation to overcome the new coronavirus outbreak and other global issues.  


The Japanese government and the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, exchanged a written agreement stating that the two parties will enhance collaboration and cooperation to resolve problems they both face, such as new infectious diseases, climate change, and the graying of society. Specifically, the two sides will accelerate the development of a coronavirus vaccine by sharing research data to overcome the new outbreak.


They will also link Japan’s major research projects in the “Moonshot Research and Development Program” with the EU’s ongoing major research plans and seek additional research projects on the common themes. Japan’s Moonshot Research and Development Program aims to achieve results that will transform society.


On May 26, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Naokazu Takemoto held a teleconference with Mariya Gabriel, who is in charge of science and technology policy at the European Commission. When Takemoto told Gabriel, “Japan and the EU need to lead the world,” she replied, “We’d like to cooperate [with Japan] to address the new coronavirus.”

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