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Tokyo, London to collaborate on latest tech

Jiji Press LONDON (Jiji Press) — Japan and Britain will invest £30 million (¥ 4.13 billion)together on a new program to develop cutting-edge technologies as part of an effort to forge a new alliance to shape the 21st century, the British government said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart, Theresa May, will agree on the program at their meeting in London on Thursday, the British government said.

“Our relationship with Japan is stronger than ever, and this visit will enhance cooperation in a wide range of areas,” May said in a statement.

The program calls on researchers and industry experts from both countries to work together on projects including designing robotic systems, creating new drugs and developing environmentally friendly transport and energy storing systems.

At their meeting, Abe and May will discuss the possibility of the two countries concluding a bilateral trade deal, based on the economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union, after Britain’s planned exit from the EU, according to the British government.

In the field of national security, the two countries will agree to collaborate on new defense technologies, including future combat aircraft. Britain will send a warship to Japan early this year to enforce sanctions against North Korea.

The two countries will share Britain’s experience of hosting large international events ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To strengthen cultural ties, Britain’s National Gallery will send a major exhibition of its masterpieces to Japan, including “Sunflowers” by Vincent Van Gogh.Speech

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