Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó paid one day working visit to Japan

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó met Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and other government officials, as well the leaders of Japanese companies already active in Hungary during his one day working visit to Japan on Wendesday.

Relations between Japan and Central Europe are getting stronger by the day due to close cooperation between Japan and the Visegrad-Four block said Szijjártó.

Talks on security issues in East Asia were also on the agenda. For Hungary it is particularly important that the region remain peaceful and stable as Asia is a very strong trading partner of our country said Szijjártó.

"Japan is about to restart its closed nuclear power plants, so we discussed the possibility to start expert negotiations on nuclear plant security as our country has highly successful nuclear safety and security training program," said the Hungarian foreign minister.

The two sides also overviewed the ongoing free trade negotiations between Japan and the European Union. Hungary's interest is that these negotiations to be completed successfully so that we can increase our exports to Japan Szijjártó added.

Hungarian exports to Japan totaled $ 600 million last year, and the first eight months of this year increased by 6.5 percent.

Japan already the largest Asian investor in Hungary: 149 Japanese companies have created a total of 25 thousand jobs by investing 3.5 billion dollars in the Hungarian economy, which is the second largest investment after Germany.

Szijjártó praised Japanese agriculture minister's announcement by authorizing Japanese imports of Hungarian pork products. This is extremely important decision because Japan is the largest non-European market for the Hungarian agriculture products; the first eight months of this year Hungarian food exports to Japan amounted to $ 100 million, representing a 65 percent increase over last year said Szijjártó.

Mangalica is the flagship of Hungarian pork exports to Japan, which opens up new possibilities for exporting other Hungarian agricultural products to the Asian country. The Japanese market is very important for us, because we lost export opportunities to Russia due to EU sanctions; we can compensate for the loss by increasing agricultural exports to Japan Szijjártó added.

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