Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has convened the inaugural meeting of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Japan at the Scottish Parliament.
The CPG on Japan has a stated aim to promote relations between Scotland and Japan, which is third largest economy in world and one of largest investors in Scotland.
Speakers at the meeting included the Consul General of Japan Mr Nozomu Takaoka, Kerry Bryson from the University of Stirling and Colin Loveday from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce who all spoke about the business, cultural, diplomatic and educational links which exist between the two countries and the challenges and opportunities for the relationship moving forward.
The meeting was also attended by representatives from many organisations with links to Japan including Scottish Life Sciences Association, Scotland Food and Drink, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Aberdeen Standard Life, Institute of Directors, British-Japanese Parliamentary Group, Diageo, Asia Scotland Institute, University of Edinburgh and many more.
Attendees also included representatives from the Bank of Japan, who spoke in depth to the group about asset management and the financial sector and the group also heard first hand from two Saltire Scholars about their experiences of studying in Japan.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’It was a great pleasure to convene the first meeting of the Cross Party Group on Japan here at the Scottish Parliament.
‘’Links between Scotland and Japan are going from strength to strength, and I would like to say a particular thank you to the Consul General for taking the time to outline some of the opportunities and challenges for these business, cultural, educational and other links going forward.
‘’The group very much looks forward to the next meeting and hopes to build on the momentum of this evening to build stronger links across several areas between Scotland and Japan.’’