Japan-Israel Joint Forum "The Mission: Innovation Friendly Country How Can Japan & Israel Cooperate?"

Japan-Israel Joint Forum
Time 13:20-18:00, Wednesday, 9th October, 2013 (17:00-18:00 Networking Party)
Venue Sokairou Hall, 1F, GRIPS (7-22-1, Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo)(Access)
Sponsor National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and Embassy of Israel in Japan
Language Japanese and English (Simultaneous translation avilable)
Fee Free (Preregistration required)

Presentation Overview

Science and technology (S&T) sectors, both in Japan and Israel, are highly developed sectors. Due to the limitation of natural resources, the two countries have been putting emphasis on S&T as a basis of economic development. Consequently, both countries share many features. The percentage of scientists and engineers per capita, the percentage of published scientific articles, the expenditure on research and development (R&D) in relation to gross domestic product (GDP), are notably very high in both countries.

It is well known that Israel produces a lot of start-up companies providing groundbreaking technological solutions. Israel is considered a hub on the global innovation map, offering excellent researchers, platforms (e.g. incubators and accelerators) for investors and entrepreneurs and many technological R&D centers. Israel has also proved high-ranking performance in high technology, especially in the fields of information and communication technologies, life sciences and clean technologies.

The development and the image of Israel as a "Start-up Nation" is based on various factors such as academia-industry synergy; a large investment on R&D; centers of excellence led by outstanding scientists; easy access to incubators and investors; immigration policy; and the utilization of the military service as a lab, think tank and catalyst for innovation. These factors enable Israel to develop its unique culture which encourages entrepreneurship even under severe conditions. Being attracted by its innovation friendly features, many global companies, such as Apple and Intel, open R&D centers in Israel. Samsung and other Korean and Chinese companies are also setting a foot in the country. Even though the presence of Japanese companies in Israel is still limited, there is a high expectation in Israel in deepening the collaboration with Japan and Japanese companies.

On the other hand, Japan recently reexamines its economic revitalization strategy under Prime Minister Abe's administration. In "Japan Revitalization Strategy-Japan is Back" and "Comprehensive Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy," which were approved by the Cabinet in June 2013, STI is regarded as one of the pillars for the revitalization of Japanese economy. Both papers portray ambitious cross-ministerial medium and long term goals toward realizing the Motto "Most Innovation Friendly Country." From now, Japan will have to examine various tools in order to achieve its grand goals as presented in these strategies, thus make its STI system sustainable and competitive in the global environment. The Israeli constant efforts and experience might give Japan some insights in order to address these challenges. In addition, cooperation with Israel, a global innovation hub, may contribute to the revitalization of Japan's innovation system.

In this forum, participants from government, academia and industry of Japan and Israel will discuss and share views on challenges towards achieving a sustainable STI system as well as future prospect for realizing it through the mutual cooperation between the two countries.


Master of Ceremony: Prof. Atsushi Sunami, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST) National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Time Sessions
Opening Remarks
Prof. Takashi Shiraishi, President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Speech Session
"Science, Technology and Innovation for Strengthening Industrial Competitiveness - Prospects for Future Collaboration between Japan and Israel"
Dr. Kazuo Kyuma, Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan
Presentation Slides(1.4MB)
"The Contribution of Basic Research in the Israeli Academia to Biotech, Hightech and to the Economy"
Prof. Ruth Arnon, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and the Humanities
Presentation Slides(1.0MB)
"The OCS and its Particular Role Shaping the Innovation EcoSystem in Israel"
Mr. Noam Bargal, Head of Multi-National Collaboration at Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS)
Presentation Slides(3.7MB)
Dr. Kazuo Kyuma, Prof. Ruth Arnon, and Mr. Noam Bargal


Panel Discussion
"How to Promote Innovation and International Industrial Cooperatiojn - Opportunities and Challenges - "
Ms. Deborah Schabes, M.Sc., Korea-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (KORIL-RDF)
Presentation Slides(1.2MB)
Mr. Takuji Tanaka, Co-Chief Operating Officer (Business Management & VC Investment) of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Presentation Slides(0.2MB)
Mr. Toshifumi Kokubun, Director of Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Co., Ltd., Growth Enterprise Services
Presentation Slides(1.0MB)
Mr. Noam Bargal, Head of Multi-National Collaboration at Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS)
Mr. Eitan Kuperstoch, Israeli Minister for Economy in the Israeli Embassy
Mr. Yasushi Yamamoto, Chief executive officer of Makhteshim-Agan Japan K.K.
Closing Speech
Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, Ambassador of Israel to Japan
17:00 - 18:00

Networking Party
Hosted by Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Co., Ltd.

Flyer & Biographies of Participants



Please register at the Registratiion Form operated by the Embassy of Israel in Japan by October 4th.
In case of over-registration, seats will be allocated by lottery

Embassy of Israel in Japan (Ms. Motoko Sugase)
TEL: 03-3264-0392 (Time in 10 a.m.-5 p.m. )

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