JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE ARRIVES IN ISRAEL WITH DELEGATION OF LEADING JAPANESE COMPANIES TO EXPLORE ISRAELI INNOVATIONS
Japanese PM Tours “Israeli Innovation Exhibition” Showcasing Breakthrough Israeli Technologies
Jan. 19th, 2015. Jerusalem, Israel –Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Israel yesterday at the head of a delegation of leading Japanese companies. The delegation is aimed at strengthening economic ties between the two countries.
At the behest of Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli Ministry of Economy hosted a unique “Israeli Innovation Exhibition” showcasing breakthrough technologies developed by five Israeli companies, most of which obtained support from the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy. The “Israeli Innovation Exhibition” took place at the Japanese-Israel Business Forum at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem on Sunday in the presence of Prime Minister Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Israel must diversify its markets to include Japan and the other great economies of Asia,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu at the event. “The Prime Minister and I just saw a demonstration of Israeli technology. It covers all fields. There’s a lot of synthesis; there’s a lot of creativity. And I believe that if we enhance your creativity and our creativity by joining forces, we can exploit the proven capabilities of our two economies and the genius of our two peoples.”
“Japan and Israel don't have natural resources; they have human resources. They share this and they share innovation,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a tour of the exhibition. “It’s fair to say that without Israel, we cannot even talk about innovation. We just saw firsthand cutting-edge Israeli technological innovation.”
The companies exhibiting at the event included:
, an innovative cleantech company that has developed an aluminum-air battery – a revolutionary way to generate electricity using aluminum as an energy source. Phinergy's energy systems provide clean energy solutions for long-range electric vehicles and resilient back-up energy generation for household electricity consumption.
which has developed the world’s first 3D holographic display and interface system, initially for medical imaging applications. The company’s proprietary technology projects hyper-realistic, dynamic 3D holographic images “floating in the air” without the need for any type of eyewear or a conventional 2D screen.
, which has developed wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury.
developed its first product, SciO, an affordable and sleek molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. SciO scans just about anything – including food and medicines – and sends the relevant information directly to your smartphone.
has developed the BNA™ technology platform, which for the first time allows high resolution visualization and evaluation of the complex neuro-physiological interconnections of the human brain at work, capturing information on the composition, connectivity, synchronization and operation of brain networks.
Japan, which has identified Israel as a national source of innovation, signed for the first time in July a joint industrial R&D agreement with Israel to bolster cooperation between Japanese and Israeli companies.
"The positive developments between the governments of Israel and Japan – especially in the economic arena – pave the way to a whole new world of collaborative opportunities,” said Israel’s Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Economy Avi Hasson. “This will be reflected in large part in commercial ties between Israeli and Japanese companies, through support of programs at the Office of the Chief Scientist and through exposure of Israeli companies to the leading corporations that characterize Japanese industry. The breakthrough in Israeli-Japanese relations, cemented by the recent R&D agreement, usher in a real and important opportunity for Israeli companies seeking to open up new markets.”
Deborah Danan, International Communications Advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Economy.