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Prime Minister of Japan Visits Israel

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, arrived in Israel on Sunday for an official visit.

Aba brought with him an entourage of approximately 100 people to discuss economic investment opportunities in Israel.

Israel and Japan have been working to build, strengthen and expand their economic ties.

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Japanese Prime Minister Leads Delegation of 100 to Israel

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday with a delegation of more than 100 government officials and heads of leading Japanese global companies.

Representatives of major Japanese companies also will arrive in order to evaluate economic opportunities in Israel.

The two prime ministers will discuss advancing efforts to expand bilateral cooperation.

Israeli companies will exhibit technological developments, some of which are designed for use in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Other issues due to be discussed include encouraging the establishment of R&D centers in Israel and the exchange of industrialists’ delegations.




How Does One Say ‘Israeli Anime’ in Japanese?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

How does one say “Israeli anime” in Japanese? More than a few locals and most of the foreign service staff at Israel’s Embassy to Japan are going to find out very shortly.

For those readers familiar with Miyazaki, Israel’s newest and most novel effort at outreach to the Far East will entrance and amuse.

For those who have no idea what Miyazaki is, it is best to simply click on the video clip below – the first of seven to be produced — and watch. (Ed. – Turn on the closed captioning so you know what they’re saying.)

‘Shalom Chan’ hops in and out of the colorful, airbrushed animated series to provide quick facts about Israel for the viewers as the animated sisters, Saki and Noriko take their trip through the Holy Land.

Embassy spokesperson Ronen Mezdinni told Ynet the feedback from the project has been “unprecedented” and said the video has received “massive media attention all across Japan. The main goal is to showcase the lighter and original aspects of Israeli society all the while paying homage and respect to Japanese popular culture.”

Japanese pilgrims have been coming to Israel for many years. This is the first time, however, the foreign ministry has made a concerted effort to attract tourism from Japan, whose heritage is ancient, like that of Israel.

Japan Nuclear Plant Approved to Restart

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

For the first time since the catastrophic 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan has approved the restart of a nuclear power station.

The town of Satsuma Sendai, home to 100,000 residents, has approved the restart of the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Company plant.

The Sendai plant is central to the economy of the town, located 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo, providing jobs as well as government subsidies to the population.

The approval signals a rejuvenation in the Japanese nuclear power industry.

The meltdown of three of the plant’s six reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex resulted from a mammoth tsunami that struck the plant following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2011. Within less than 24 hours, the plant started releasing substantial amounts of radioactive material.

Israel was one of the first nations allowed by Japan to assist in the disaster. The IDF and other Israeli first responder aid specialists sent teams to Fukushima to provide medical and other assistance as needed.

Two planes carried 50 doctors, representatives of the IDF Home Front Command and Foreign Ministry, 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian supplies. Included were 10,000 coats, 6,000 blankets, 8,000 pairs of gloves and 150 portable toilets. Also included were medical instruments, fuel, oxygen, medication, food, water, hospital beds and other equipment for establishing a medical clinic.

More than 300,000 people were evacuated from the area, and at least 15,884 people died.

Since that time, Japan has not allowed any nuclear plant to resume operations.

Each nuclear reactor was slowly and carefully monitored as it wound down operations for its periodic maintenance, and then ordered to remain shut down until further notice.

The Kyushu Electric Power Company plant at Satsumu Sendai is the first to be allowed to restart since the disaster.

The cleanup process of continued spills of contaminated water at the Fukushima plant is expected to take decades, according to nuclear scientists. The disaster was the largest nuclear incident since the April 1986 Chernobyl accident, and the second to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Big in Israel

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

It’s not every day that a world champion sumo wrestler visits Israel’s capital. But on Tuesday, October 21, Israelis of all ages watched in fascination as the Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan former sumo star, Konishiki Yasokichi shared his moves during a special workshop for children in Jerusalem.

The sumo wrestling workshop was part of the first Japanese Culture Week, held in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Israel Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Center for the Advancement of Culture and Knowledge from October 19 – 25.

Today a popular celebrity in Japan, Konishiki, during the height of his career, reached ozeki, the second highest rank in sumo, a sport with origins that go back 2,000 years ago.

“It’s my first time in Jerusalem,” said Konishiki in an interview with Tazpit News Agency. “I’ve always wanted to visit and it’s been an exciting experience to be here in the Holy Land, teaching kids sumo wrestling.”

“It’s a lot calmer here than I thought it would be,” added the legendary sumo wrestler, who has been living in Japan for 32 years.

In addition to sumo wrestling, the new cultural festival also featured Sake tastings, Japanese music shows, tea ceremonies, Ikebana films, Japanese cooking and Origami workshops.

Israel has been growing increasingly close to Japan recently. Following a successful visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Japan earlier in May, Israel became the first country that Japan signed an Industrial R&D (Research and Development) Collaboration Agreement during a visit by the Japanese Economic Minister to Israel in July.

The relations are of particular importance given Japan’s advanced technology and strong economy, which is ranked third in the world in terms of GDP.

“We are building different levels of connections with Japan,” said Hagai Shagrir, Director of the North East Asia Department of the Israel Foreign Ministry. “Connections are being formed both on a government level with ministers and leaders and also between our people in the areas of technology, science and culture,” Shagrir told Tazpit.

“We hope to see increased tourism between both Japan and Israel as well,” said Shagrir, whose department oversees relations with Japan, China and South Korea.

“Although we are geographically very far apart, we share some similarities,” Shagrir told Tazpit. “Both countries do not have natural resources and consequently we have had to develop our human resources. Both Japan and Israel have invested greatly in education.”

“As an Israeli, I respect the ancient and beautiful elements of Japanese art and culture along with the modern elements,” commented Eyal Lavit, one of the organizers of the Japan Culture Week.

For Emy Osaka, who grew up in southwestern Japan but has been living in Israel for 20 years and speaks Hebrew fluently, Japan Culture Week has been an exciting event. “Seeing Konishiki here with my kids was amazing. This event makes Jerusalem feel more like home,” she told Tazpit.

“Through sumo wrestling and maybe other sports, we hope to strengthen the cultural exchange between Japan and Israel,” concluded Konishiki. “The kids here are definitely excited about it.”

Japanese Minister of Economy Signs First Ever Industrial Agreement with Israel

Monday, July 7th, 2014

JERUSALEM -Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, arrived in Israel yesterday (Jul. 6) with a delegation of Japanese industrialists and signed a first of its kind industrial research and development (R&D) collaboration agreement with Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. Israel is the first country with which Japan has signed such an agreement.

The delegation came to Israel following an invitation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Motegi met during Netanyahu’s recent visit to Japan. The Japanese minister is heading a delegation including top level representatives of Japanese industry as well as senior representatives of Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, which oversees Japanese industry, industrial R&D, and cyber technology. Minister Motegi and Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett signed a collaboration agreement for reciprocal support in joint industrial R&D projects between Israeli and Japanese companies and organizations. The agreement will be implemented by the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

The delegation will also participate in a seminar in which opportunities for commercial cooperation between the two states will be presented. The seminar, organized by the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will be presided over by Minister Motegi and the Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Economy Amit Lang. Participants include Israeli businesspeople and representatives of the Japanese companies in the delegation.

“We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen our economic ties throughout the world, as exemplified by this R&D agreement,” Minister Bennett said. “This is a breakthrough achievement. The agreement creates an excellent platform for joint initiatives, innovation and for Israeli companies to enter the Japanese market.”

“At a time when the largest Japanese companies are searching for new engines of growth via business and technological innovation, this is an excellent window of opportunity for Israeli companies in general, and specifically for those with groundbreaking technology,” said Israel’s Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Economy Avi Hasson, who oversees Israel’s international activity in industrial R&D.

“Over the past year, the Japanese business sector’s interest in Israel and in cooperation with Israeli businesses has grown, in particular in the homeland security sector, including cyber-security,” said Eitan Kuperstoch, Israel’s commercial attaché to Tokyo. “In the past year alone, more than 6,000 Japanese businesspeople have participated in events organized by the commercial attachés of the Israeli Ministry of Economy.”
In recent months, three Japanese business delegations arrived in Israel, most notably the Keidanren Japan Business Federation.

Teva’s Parkinson Drug Now Marketed in Japan

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company, Takeda, recently signed an agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to commercialize the Israeli company’s innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease, rasagiline, in Japan.

The rasagiline tablets, which are approved in over 40 countries for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, gained UK and EU-marketing authorization in 2005 and US FDA approval in 2006.

“It is estimated there are about 150,000-180,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in Japan, many of whom are waiting for a new treatment option,” said Nancy Joseph-Ridge, M.D., General Manager of Takeda’s Pharmaceutical Development Division located in Osaka, Japan in a press release on April 27.

“We will continue working on the development in cooperation with Teva so that we can bring this medicine to Japanese patients as quickly as possible,” Joseph-Ridge said.

“This agreement represents Teva’s continued commitment to introducing our innovative medicines to patients in Japan,” added Teva Global R&D president and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Michael Hayden.

Teva and Takeda entered an agreement in December 2013 to develop glatiramer acetate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Developed by Teva, rasagiline was initially discovered by two Haifa Technion professors, John Finberg and Moussa Youdim, who were instrumental in the early clinical development of the anti-Parkinson drug.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, whose symptoms include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficultly with walking as well as dementia in advanced stages. An estimated seven to 10 million people suffer from the disease across the world according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

According to Teva’s website, rasagiline is a monoaxmine oxidase B (MAO-B) inhibitor that increases available synaptic dopamine in the brain, which might improve the motor symptoms characteristic of Parkinson’s, slowing the progression of the disease.

“Rasagiline has an established safety and efficacy profile…[it] will be an important product for Japan, where the number of available treatment options for Parkinson’s disease remains limited,” said Dr. Hayden.

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