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Sheikha Moza seeks scientific collaboration during visit to Japan

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Former first lady of Qatar Sheikha Moza bint Nasser is nearing the end of a five-day tour of Japan, a visit which is aimed at increasing collaboration between the east Asian nation and Qatar Foundation (QF), of which she is chairperson.

Sheikha Moza’s tour has included visits to Sony’s Headquarters, Kyoto University’s Stem Cell Research Center, and a number of other high-profile scientific research centers including Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, the University of Tokyo and Keio University.

Speaking after a reception with the governor of Kyoto, she said she hoped the visit would spark increased collaboration between scientists in the two countries:

“I am confident that the discussions the Qatar Foundation has held this week with Japanese institutes will launch the next phase in our relationship. A phase that will result in collaborations in a wide range of innovative research and technology fields that will be of tremendous benefit to both our countries,” she said.

Sheikha Moza has also met with Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, during the visit – a meeting dominated by talks about cooperation “in the fields of science, technology and medical care,” according to a statement from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

QF’s president of Research and Development, Faisal Alsuwaidi, and a delegation from the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) have also traveled to Japan – a further sign of the country’s ambitions to develop its relationship with the country, which Sheikha Moza described as “a friendship based on mutual respect and trust.”

A special relationship

As a reflection of this friendship, the former first lady was also invited to take tea with the Emperor and his wife during her visit.

Efforts to develop strong business and cultural ties between the two countries have continued for many years.

Already major trade partners, Japan imports a significant amount of its liquid natural gas (LNG) from Qatar.

The two nations have also forged strong cultural links, holding Qatar-Japan 2012, the inaugural year of a special cultural exchange project spearheaded by the Qatar Museums Authority.

Qatar also stepped in to offer support to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country in March 2011, by establishing the Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF).

Sheikha Moza told Japanese officials this week that the fund had “supported thousands of victims across the most affected areas, through a range of sustainable projects in education, health care and fisheries.”

The Sheikha’s tour comes less than a year after a visit to Qatar by the Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, during which he spoke of a partnership “for stability and prosperity” between the two countries.

He also signed a memorandum of understanding during his visit, promising to expand cooperation on energy, education, technology, and culture exchange.

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MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

This is a great idea, especially in the area of stem cell research. The Japanese dedication to scientific research, unencumbered by unjustifable religious restraints is something many countries could learn from. Their dedication and attention to detail is impressive as well. This would be a great partnership for Qatar and a great long term benefit.

Guest
Guest
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I think every culture has its positive and negative attributes and I respect all of them. Japan is a dedicated country and I like their view on unemployed people, but it does spawn some of the craziest things one could imagine, like “Unit 731″…

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Unit 731, emmm. You can blame the children for the sins are their fathers

Guest
Guest
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I blame thousands of years of heritage and culture. They people in charge thought they were doing the right thing, they weren’t inherently evil.

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Are you talking about the Japanese or the thousands of years of religious abuse inflicted on mankind?

Guest
Guest
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Obviously.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

I swear she has a wardrobe that every girl dreams of having… Love her clothes <3!!!

K Abdulghani
K Abdulghani
7 years ago

What does cultural exchange means here? Japanese people work very hard and typically long hours…

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