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Israeli Ambassador to Japan: “Infinite possibilities for bilateral cooperation in cyber”

  • March 29, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

Israel’s high-tech sector, including cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced medical treatment, raised $25 billion (about 3 trillion yen) in 2021. This is 2.5 times the previous year’s figure. While the global economy has labored under the COVID-19 pandemic, Israeli startup companies are leading the world with their new technologies. Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen contributed the following piece to the Sankei Shimbun. (lead paragraph by Sakamoto Kazuyuki)

 

Fifty years ago, Israel attempted to manufacture cars domestically. The result was a noisy fiberglass-shelled vehicle that fell apart soon after purchase. We abandoned manufacturing our own car and noticed the merit of focusing on producing the automobile’s “brains” (e.g., computer parts). This is the sector where Israel is aiming to cultivate an advantage. Investment in our high-tech sector reached a record high of more than $25 billion in 2021, equivalent to a quarter of the figure for all of Europe.

 

Japanese investment in Israel’s high-tech sector reached a record high of about $3 billion in 2021, triple that of the previous year. In recent years, many Japanese companies have identified innovative Israeli startups and set up bases to establish strategic partnerships with them. Today more than 90 Japanese companies have offices in Israel.

 

The synergy that arises from bringing together Israel’s technological innovation and high-tech know-how with Japan’s production capacity, precision, and discipline is producing excellent results as our two nations complement each other in economic activities.

 

The main areas of cooperation between Israel and Japan are cybersecurity, the life sciences, and smart mobility (new technologies for transportation and mobility). These three areas are also directly related to global issues. In the energy sector, many Israeli companies create cutting-edge solutions to combat climate change, such as waste-to-energy power plants and wireless charging systems for electric vehicles. I am convinced that there are endless possibilities for economic collaboration between the companies of our two nations.

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