Cooperation with Iran top priority for Japan

TEHRAN August 09 (Shana)–Japanese State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daishiro Yamagiwa says enhancing cooperation with Iran is a top priority for Japan in its international relations.

Addressing reporters following a Sunday meeting with Iranian Petroleum Minsiter Bijan Zangeneh in Tehran, Yamagiwa spoke about the highlights of the meeting.
Beside oil and gas industries, the two countries discussed cooperation in other areas like natural resources, energy, electricity and transfer of technology to Iran.

“Following the nuclear deal of Tehran with P5+1 countries in Vienna, Austria, the Japanese government together with 21 Japanese companies planned a visit from Iran to meet Iranian officials and discuss economics, industrial and energy matters and this [visit] heralds the promotion of mutual ties in the future,” said the Japanese official.

Japan’s state ministry of economy, trade and industry endorses all Japanese companies for their presence in Iran and formation of partnership with Iranian firms, the Japanese official said.

He said the two countries enjoy long-lasting relations in areas like oil, gas, electricity and energy, and called on expansion of mutual relations between them.
“Before our travel to Iran, more than 100 or maybe 1,000 Japanese companies had expressed willingness to join the delegation,” he added.

The Japanese delegation comprises trade officials and executives of major industries such as Mitsui & Co., Kansai Paint Co., Sanden Holdings, Nippon Steel, Sojitz, ITOCHU and Kamematu.

Their two-day visit to Iran is the first by a Japanese trade delegation in 14 years.

The delegation is the latest of a series of foreign delegations to flock to Iran in pursuit of normalizing ties by enhancing industrial and business cooperation with the country ever since it reached a historic nuclear deal with world powers in Vienna.