Meeting important to continue building and expanding relationships between Ireland and Japan
Senior Fujitsu Executives from Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories met today (2 December) with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Japan. The meeting was part of the Taoiseach’s week-long trade mission to Japan and focused on strengthening relationships between both countries.
During the high level meeting, Fujitsu and the Taoiseach discussed the importance of building strong economic, trade and cultural relations between the two nations and industry’s role in representing their home countries abroad and adding value to the countries in which it operates.
Speaking about the meeting, Regina Moran, Fujitsu CEO of Fujitsu Ireland said: “Fujitsu was honoured to meet with Taoiseach Kenny in Japan and to have the opportunity to showcase the exciting projects we are undertaking in Ireland and all over the world. Meetings such as these are critical to deepening Ireland’s relationship with Japan.
'Fujitsu is extremely proud of its Japanese heritage and Ireland is very open to engaging in collaborative projects in which we can learn from each other. Ireland has world class researchers and institutes that rival anywhere else in the world. It is for this reason that Fujitsu undertook a significant R&D investment programme in Ireland in 2010. We now have two unique research programmes underway in Ireland focusing on Big Data and eHealth.
“While our two countries are far apart we face the same problems in terms of economic recovery and an aging population. We look forward to progressing these projects even further with Irish researchers to bring Japanese innovation and Asian developments to Ireland.”
Speaking about the meeting, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: "Ireland's economy is recovering with a new focus on exports and enterprise. Strong trade relations with important markets such as Japan is a priority for the Government as we work to grow the economy further. Ireland's growing reputation as a location for research and development excellence is attracting more industry partners to seek out new growth opportunities. As a long standing investor in Ireland I was delighted to meet with Fujitsu representatives in Japan to discuss their projects in Ireland and learn about their activities across the world. I am confident that the research programmes underway in partnership with industry will help us address the common social challenges we face."