As soon as he arrived in Japan, where he was attending the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Antonio Tajani, went to the Italian Embassy in Tokyo to meet with the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other State Administrations in Japan.
The Deputy Prime Minister later visited the exhibition “The Great Italian Vision. Farnesina Collection”, on display until 7 May at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo. On the occasion, he also met with Akira Amari, member of the House of Representatives and President of the Italian-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Group, and former Minister of Economic Reforms. While inviting him to Italy, Minister Tajani added that “parliamentary diplomacy is an important tool to further enhance cooperation between our two countries”.
Lastly, Deputy Prime Minister Tajani met with the Italian business and scientific community in Tokyo, in the wake of the systematic action of growth diplomacy promoted by the government to foster the internationalisation of the country and provide assistance and protection to the Italian production chains abroad. Deputy Prime Minister Tajani stated: “With Japan we want to strengthen and structure the strategic partnership launched in January by our Prime Ministers, particularly in the industrial and scientific sectors that can grow even more. By strengthening bilateral cooperation, Italy and Japan can ensure greater stability of supply chains.” Minister Tajani also recalled the importance of the new joint project with Japan and Great Britain in the defence sector, known as “Gcap”, which will be the first sixth-generation military fighter produced by Italy and Great Britain together with Japan.