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Japan business conference to attract Israel investment E-mail

Two major business conferences were held in March in Japan by the Economy Ministry’s Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority, along with Industry and the Economic Trade Mission in Japan.

The conferences, held in Osaka and Tokyo, focused on investment opportunities that can enhance areas of advanced manufacturing and life sciences in Israel. They were held in cooperation with Nikkei Business, a leading business magazine in Japan, and hosted senior officials from Japanese industry.

Japan is an important trading partner for Israel – Israeli exports to Japan reached about US$770 million in 2015, while imports from Japan were about US$1.3 billion for the year. According to Ohad Cohen, Head of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, life sciences is a key sector for Japan’s economy. Japanese families have an average of 1.4 children per family, making for a negative birth rate, as well as one of the highest life-expectancy rates in the world. As a result, the population is aging rapidly, and the government has embarked on an ambitious campaign to increase investments in the healthcare sector.

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2017 UIA Dinner in Hong Kong E-mail

On 8 March, The United Israel Appeal (UIA) of Hong Kong held its Annual Dinner at the local Jewish Community Centre. Close to 200 guests attended.

Director of Keren HayesodUIA Israel, Irit Barash graced the occasion with her presence and giving a short address and reciting the prayer for the wellbeing of the State of Israel.

This year’s acclaimed guest speaker, Hillel Neuer, the highly influential Canadian diplomat, international lawyer, writer and advocate of human rights gave an inspiring address. Neuer is also the Executive Director of UN Watch, which was established to ensure that the UN is acting on its own principles. A widely known advocate of Israel, Neuer has presented these views in testimonies before the UN and US Congress. It has been said that Neuer is “helping to shape history”, and as such has been recognised by the city of Chicago for his role “as one of the world’s more foremost human rights advocates” with a “Hillel Neuer Day”.

During his speech, Neuer discussed the turmoil that ensues when there is a confrontation at the UN about matters relating to Israel, as well as the great and seemingly constant state of hostility towards himself and his actions for the country.

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Asian countries well represented at IMTM tourism event E-mail

Representatives from well over 50 countries attended the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv, which ran from 7 to 9 February.

IMTM is the largest annual professional tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean, and around 25,000 tourism and travel executives attended. It serves to promote inbound, domestic and outbound tourism, as well as to strengthen co-operation among tourism bodies in Israel and elsewhere in the world.

Dozens of ministers and senior officials from around the world attended. Among those were tourism ministers from Turkey, the Philippines, Kenya, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Ethiopia.

A special tourism promotion programme was organised by the Embassy of Nepal in Israel, in a joint collaboration with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on 6 February. The programme was intended to bring together travel and tour operators from Nepal which can promote Nepal amongst Israeli travellers. The programme was inaugurated by former ambassadors of Israel to Nepal Dan Ben-Eliezer and Hanan Godar, and acting ambassador of the Embassy of Nepal in Israel, Rameswor Poudel.

First Israeli mountaineer to climb Mount Annapurna 1 and Honorary Public Relations Representative of NTB, Nadav Ben Yehuda made a visual presentation about his journey of climbing Mount Annapurna 1 along with his future plans of working in collaboration with his Nepalese partners to reach out to more Israeli people. Senior officer at Nepal Tourism Board, Surya Thapaliya said that Nepal is undoubtedly a very beautiful country to visit and its people are even more special.

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NTU Singapore and BGU Israel to team up on cyber project E-mail

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced in February that they are teaming up to find new ways to fight advanced cyberthreats, using the human body’s fight against bacteria as a model.

The aim of this joint research project, called the Bio-Inspired Agile Cyber Security Assurance Framework (BICSAF), is to develop innovative technologies for tackling Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).

APTs are stealthy and continuous computer-hacking processes run by individuals who target specific entities, such as private organisations and state agencies. Their long periods of covertness make it dif cult to detect such threats with current technology.

NTU chief of staff and vice president (Research) Prof. Lam Khin Yong and BGU vice president and dean (Research & Development) Prof. Dan Blumberg signed the joint research agreement at the CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv.

Led by the Cyber Security Research Centre at NTU, faculty and researchers from both universities will be involved. In developing new technologies to counter cyberthreats, the two partners aim to take inspiration from the human body: just as the human body’s immune system adapts to and fights everevolving bacteria and viruses, so the teams will seek similar cybersecurity solutions.

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Israel and Japan sign investment agreement E-mail

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, together with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, signed an historic agreement for the liberalisation, promotion and protection of investment between Israel and Japan. The signing ceremony was held in Tokyo on 1 February.

Intending to further create stable, equitable, favourable and transparent conditions for mutual investments, negotiations toward the agreement started in May 2015, and in the wake of substantive consensus reached in December 2016, the signing ceremony was realised.

Minister Kahlon said: “This agreement represents the warm relations between Israel and Japan and is another step in promoting business and trade between the two countries. I would like to invite Japanese investors to invest in Israel.”

A host of Japanese companies recently exhibited at the Japan zone at Cybertech 2017 in Tel Aviv on 31 January. With demand for cybersecurity rising in Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the nation is looking for help from cyber-technology-related entities in Israel. The two countries are expanding co-operation to safeguard against cyber threats. Eight Japanese companies set up booths at Cybertech 2017, a major international trade fair featuring cybersecurity and cyber defence technologies. It was the second time that Japanese businesses had participated in the event.

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