February 7, 2024
The 8th Japan-Norway Joint Committee Meeting on Cooperation in Science and Technology took place in Tokyo on February 7, 2024.
- The Joint Committee Meeting was co-chaired by Ms. KAJI Misako, Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Ms. Anne Line WOLD, Director General of the Department for Higher Education, Research and International Affairs, Ministry of Education and Research of Norway. Attendees included H.E. Ms. Kristin IGULM, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway, and a range of representatives from the relevant ministries and agencies of both countries.
- During the meeting, both sides shared the recent developments of policies on national science, technology and innovation and green transformation, responsible international academic collaboration etc., and exchanged views on the current situation of collaborative activities. The committee also discussed the situation of bilateral cooperation and future directions in some of the priority areas identified at the previous committee meetings, including health, care, and welfare technology, polar research, and marine research, as well as emerging areas such as AI and disaster risk reduction.
- The Japan-Norway Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was signed in May 2003. Article 5 stipulates the establishment of a joint committee meeting as an intergovernmental framework to exchange views on scientific and technological policy issues related to the implementation of the agreement and to review the cooperative activities and accomplishments under the agreement.
- Based on this agreement, the joint committee meeting has been held alternately in Japan and Norway.