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Strengthening ties with Japan

Published: 20 Jan 2017 10:35

Trade links on agenda.

External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop is to visit Japan next month to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

During the visit she will meet with business and political leaders with discussions set to focus on areas of economic growth including renewable energy, education, science and research and trade and investment.

Ahead of her visit to Japan, Ms Hyslop met with Mitsubishi Electric, a world leading supplier of energy efficient air conditioning equipment, based in Livingston.

This plant makes a significant contribution to the Scottish economy and has created 420 jobs over the last four years with around 920 people employed at their premises in Livingston.

Speaking at the Mitsubishi Air Conditioning Systems Europe factory, Ms Hyslop said:

“Japan is ‎an important international partner for Scotland. We have a long and positive relationship which is built on many strong economic, social and cultural connections. Mitsubishi Electric with their world class facilities here in Livingston is a fantastic example of a Japanese company operating in Scotland, employing over 900 people with huge potential for future growth.

“I want to develop these economic links and plan to meet with Mitsubishi Electric next month in Japan to reiterate our commitment to supporting their long term growth in Scotland.

“It is important that we continue to develop our relationship with countries across the world.  Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, a global leader in science and engineering, and home to a unique and vibrant culture.  Scotland enjoys many strong partnerships with Japan in business, education, culture and the arts that bring many benefits for both our countries.  I look forward to supporting the growth of such partnerships and to reassuring businesses and investors in Japan that despite the Brexit vote, Scotland remains an open and attractive place to do business.”