Dean Lockhart MSP has established a parliamentary group focused on Scotland’s relationship with Japan.
The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group (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.
The Group seeks to work with organisations and authorities to increase cultural, educational and economic exchange between the two countries, to engage with the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh and the Japanese community in Scotland.
Aside from representatives from three political parties, members of the CPG include organisations such as the Asia Scotland Institute, Scottish Life Sciences Association and Chambers of Commerce.
Mr Lockhart hopes to expand the membership of the group to include representatives from Scotland’s universities, cultural organisations and members of relevant trade bodies.
The Scottish Parliament's Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee formally approved the establishment of the group at a meeting on Thursday 8th November 2018.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’The cross-party group on Japan will make an important contribution to the Scottish Parliament.
‘’Scotland has increasing links with Japan in a number of areas, including trade, foreign direct investment, education, culture on sport.
‘’On trade, Japan is a major export market for Scotland and is the fourth-largest investor in Scotland.
‘’In education, an increasing number of Japanese students are coming to educational establishments in Scotland.
‘’In culture and sport, ties are increasing between the countries. The rugby world cup will be held in Japan, which will also host the next Olympics.
‘’The group is actively seeking members from external organisations with an interest in Japan and I would encourage all interested parties to get in touch.’’
You can view the meeting of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee on Thursday 8th November 2018, which formally approved the group, can be seen below: