Prime Minister's future visit to Japan


2018 10 05

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At the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  the delegation headed by the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis will pay a visit to Japan on 9-12 October.
'The aim of the visit is to strengthen political cooperation with the country which shares the same values and is respected worldwide. We aim at improving the conditions necessary to increase Lithuania's export to Japan as well as encourage the investments of Japan into the economy of Lithuania', said Saulius Skvernelis.
The Prime Minister will meet the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  to discuss bilateral relations. The plan of the visit also includes the meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, conclusion of the Agreement regarding a Working holiday scheme with Japan to become effective from 1 January 2019 and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of science and technologies by the Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technologies.
The Prime Minister will participate in the opening of the biggest biotechnology exhibition „BioJapan 2018“ in Japan, welcome the participants of the event and visit the stand of Lithuanian enterprises. This year 18 enterprises from Lithuania active in the field of life science will take part in the exhibition.
The visit will also include the Lithuania-Japan business forum during which the economy of Lithuania will be presented, which hopefully will help to increase the export of Lithuania's agricultural commodities and food. The EU and Japan  Economic Partnership Agreement that will soon enter into force will enable the exporters from Lithuania to export commodities to Japan free of custom duties and tariff barriers.
The delegation headed by the Prime Minister will also visit the city of Hiroshima and pay a tribute to the victims of atomic bombings at the Hiroshima memorial. The University of Hiroshima invited Saulius Skvernelis as an honoured guest to give a lecture on the topic 'Lithuania on the path to peace and modern state'.
During the visit a lot of attention will be paid to the memory of famous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara. The delegation will visit the school attended by the famous diplomat and put a wreath on his grave.
In addition, the delegation will visit the city of Hiratsuka which put itself forward as a place where the Lithuanian national team will prepare for the Olympic Games. This place will become a permanent centre for preparing for the Olympic Games. On the dates of the Prime Minister's visit a greater part of candidate members of the Lithuanian national team (LTeam) will also be visiting the centre. On the occasion of the visit of the Lithuanian athletes (Olympic and Paralympic teams) and the Prime Minister, a sport festival will be held in the stadium  „Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka“ which is expected to attract 500-600 participants.
The visit of the Prime Minister will also include the meeting with the Governor of Aichi Prefecture and the Governor of Gifu Prefecture. These cities maintain regular contacts with the districts and municipalities of Lithuania. The agenda of the delegation also includes the meeting with the members of the Parliament of Japan as well as members of the Japan-Lithuanian Friendship Association.