20 March 2019 - 14 Adar II 5779 - י"ד אדר ב' ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes official visit to Israel E-mail

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, together with his wife and a delegation of senior Japanese business leaders, made an official second visit to Israel in May.

Prime Minister Abe met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 2 May for talks and an extended working meeting chaired by the two prime ministers.

In the evening, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife Sara hosted Prime Minister Abe and his wife for an intimate dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

Israel and Japan maintain a very good bilateral relationship and co-operate extensively on issues of economy and trade, cyber, science, academia, health and more. Subsequent to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s previous visit to Japan in 2014 and Prime Minister Abe’s previous visit to Israel in 2015, the bilateral relationship has been significantly enhanced in terms of reciprocal trade volume and investment by Japanese companies in Israeli technology

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “This is your second visit to Israel. My most recent visit to Japan was spectacular. We see the tremendous growth in Japanese investments of Israel, Israeli investments in Japan, the technology opportunities. This is a great partnership and we’ll make it even better.”

Japanese Prime Minister Abe said: “I do hope that Mr Prime Minister will come back to Japan in the near future. And also I am very happy to note that there has been the dramatic increase in Japanese investment to Israel under my administration. And also this time around, I brought a business delegation from Japan to Israel, which includes so many of the CEOs from Japan, so I do hope that you’ll have a productive discussion with the business leaders in the summit meetings that we are planning to have. And also I do hope that we’ll further investment development between the two sides.”

The two agreed to move forward on the issue of direct flights from Japan to Israel, which would increase tourism, investments and business.

In January 2015, the Cabinet decided to strengthen economic ties with Japan; there has since been a clear trend of increased economic co-operation in a variety of fields.

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