Message from Kanji Fujiki, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE

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Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE’s Minister of Economy with his counterpart Yoichi Miyazawa, and delegates discussing joint cooperation between the two countries in the economic and trade related fields and opportunities for future investment during a me
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE's Minister of Economy with his counterpart Yoichi Miyazawa, and delegates discussing joint cooperation between the two countries in the economic and trade related fields and opportunities for future investment during a meeting in Japan recently.

Hopeful for strong, diversified and multi-layered bilateral relations

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Published: Mon 19 Oct 2015, 1:29 PM

Last updated: Mon 19 Oct 2015, 3:34 PM

Assalamu alaikum (May peace be upon you). I am truly honoured to serve as the Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, and am impressed to witness the dynamism of this country as well as the leadership role it is taking in the region and the global scene. Japan has always enjoyed the most amicable relationship with the UAE. I feel immense responsibility to pull it up to the next stage.

Kanji Fujiki (left) with Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan and right, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre where he was briefed on some of the important projects, namely the Emirates Mars Mission - Hope Probe, KhalifaSat, DubaiSat-2 and DubaiSat-1.- Wam
Let me briefly introduce my career. In the Government of Japan, I have been mainly involved in the national policy making of research and development in space exploration, life science, and nuclear energy in the Science and Technology Agency, and then in the Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology. Although my career as an expert of science and technology policy might be unique among the successive Japanese ambassadors to the UAE, I believe that my appointment was timely. The UAE, whose remarkable development has largely been based on natural resources, finance, trading, and transportation under the wise guidance of Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is on the way to diversify its national economy, and increase investment in education and science sectors. These are the fields of my specialities, and I am sure that I can contribute to the further development of this country.
The relationship between Japan and the UAE is the best it has ever been. The visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the UAE in May 2013 followed by the visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Japan in February 2014, triggered the frequent exchange of ministers. The economic relation has deepened and diversified.
Starting with the development of oil fields back in 1960s, Japan is now the largest importer of crude oil from the UAE. In the field of industrial cooperation, Abu Dhabi Japan Economic Council, a high-level committee to discuss the promotion of mutual trading and investment, was established in 2012. Under the Council, active discussions are taking place in three working groups, namely energy and industry, education and human resource development, and infrastructure. The next council will be held in November in Abu Dhabi.
I would like to refer to two events that clearly showed that our bilateral relation reached one step higher. Last March, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) received an order for launch services for an observation satellite of the Dubai Government, KhalifaSat. The launching rocket called H-IIA, which was developed through the collaboration between MHI and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, is now one of the most reliable launching systems in the world. It has marked 22 consecutive successful launches since 2005. I am very proud that Japan can be a partner of the UAE to achieve its ambitions to make the space industry one of the key sectors of the UAE economy, and to become one of the global leaders in the field of peaceful use of outer space. Last April, INPEX/JODCO, a Japanese oil development company acquired a stake of the ADCO Onshore Concession in Abu Dhabi. Although Japan has been involved in the development of off-shore oil development for more than 40 years, its participation to on-shore oil development is highly significant because it extended bilateral relations to a field that we had never been in.
As Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, my biggest mission is to make this the best-ever bilateral relations a deepened, diversified and multi-layered one. During the exchange of visits by leaders of both countries in 2013 and 2014, Japan and the UAE issued joint statements that covered the cooperation in various sectors. I am going to devote myself to accomplish the commitments made by the national leaders. In addition, I would like to promote further collaborations in the fields of environment, medicine, education, science and technology. I am sure that collaboration in such fields can be mutually beneficial because it would not only contribute to the development of human resources and emergence of new businesses in the UAE, but also help Japan learn different perspectives and insights from the UAE.
I feel privileged to serve in the UAE, the country that shares common values and visions with us. Japan is now on the moderate recovery from its economic deflation through the new economic policy and structural reforms called Abenomics. Japan is now ready to contribute more to the peace and stability of the international community as the new legislation for peace and security was approved by the Diet (parliament) on September 19, 2015. I am confident that our two countries can walk together to bring brighter future to the world.

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