TOKYO (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a strengthening of economic and technological cooperation with Japan. “Good can still get better,” the CDU leader said Monday during an appearance before the foundation of the liberal daily newspaper “Asahi Shimbun” in Tokyo. There are many opportunities lacking in even closer cooperation between the third and fourth largest economy in the world, said the Chancellor.
At the same time Merkel called Japanese students and scientists on a research stay in Germany. A stay abroad should be considered on the part of the economy as positive, Merkel said in Tokyo. Japanese who study and work abroad, then often have difficulty reintegrating into Japanese society.
The German Chamber of Commerce in Japan (GCCIJ) supports German companies in establishing contacts with Japanese research institutions and research companies. Japan was as a center of innovation for the German economy and science of central importance, it said. / Ln / DP / zb