Prime Minister Kishida attends a Japan-ROK event at Stanford University (Summary)

November 17, 2023
[Provisional translation]

In the afternoon of November 17 (local time), Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan visited Stanford University during his visit to San Francisco for the APEC Leaders' Week and attended a Summit discussion on advanced science and technology as well as a roundtable with Japanese and Korean starup companies, together with H.E. Mr. YOON Suk Yeol, the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK). Prime Minister Kishida also took the opportunity to meet students from Japan studying at the University for a brief conversation.

In the Summit discussion, Prime Minister Kishida stated in his opening remarks that partnership in science and technology would become a symbolic area of the changing Japan-ROK relations, and that Japan and the ROK ought to work together bilaterally and trilaterally with the United States to change the world, expressing his hope that today’s discussion will kickstart such developments. The following conversation included decarbonation, clean energy, quantum technology and startups as topics, in which Prime Minister Kishida stressed that innovation in cutting-edge technologies and greater resilience in supply chains could not be achieved by a single country alone and partnering with allies and like-minded countries would be essential.

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