The Japan Times – Norway Report 2020

Japan and Norway celebrate their 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and the two countries are now closer than ever politically, economically and culturally. “Norway is an old friend of ours that shares the fundamental values of peace, democracy, freedom and so much more,” said Masahiro Tauchi, ambassador of Japan to Norway. “The government of Norway, as well as the king, have been close friends of ours.” Commercially, there are strong bonds in shipping, seafood, energy and technology between the two countries.
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NORWAY

January 31, 2020

Japan and Norway — strengthening cooperation and trade

Japan and Norway celebrate their 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and the two countries are now closer than ever politically, economically and culturally. “Norway is an old friend of ours that shares the fundamental values of peace, democracy, freedom and so much more,” said Masahiro Tauchi, ambassador of Japan to Norway. “The government of Norway, as well as the king, have been close friends of ours.”

Commercially, there are strong bonds in shipping, seafood, energy and technology between the two countries. “Norway is very technologically advanced when it comes to renewable energy and hydrogen for example, and we are now looking upon Norway’s innovative technology and clean energy with admiration and inspiration,” Tauchi said.

More specifically, there is an increasing interest from Japan in Norway’s hydrogen technology. The Nordic country has been a leader in this field and is looking to share the knowledge with the rest of the world. “Norway should be the first 100 percent green nation with zero emission solutions in all sectors. To achieve this, green hydrogen is an important piece of the puzzle,” Vegard Frihammer, manager and founder of Greenstat AS noted.

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Japan and Norway celebrate their 115th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year and the two countries are now closer than ever politically, economically and culturally. “Norway is an old friend of ours that shares the fundamental values of peace, democracy, freedom and so much more,” said Masahiro Tauchi, ambassador of Japan to Norway. “The government of Norway, as well as the king, have been close friends of ours.”
Commercially, there are strong bonds in shipping, seafood, energy and technology between the two countries.