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Nov 07, 2019

FM: Hungarian-Japanese diplomatic ties are thriving

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said relations with the world’s third largest economy in the areas of trade, politics, culture and education are better than ever.

The foreign minister has highlighted how Hungarian-Japanese diplomatic ties are thriving more now than at any other time over the past 150 years.

After meeting his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo on Wednesday, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said relations with the world’s third largest economy in the areas of trade, politics, culture and education are better than ever.

Minister Szijjártó told MTI that Japanese companies have brought advanced technologies to Hungary, contributing to the country’s economic growth. He added that the 170 Japanese companies operating in Hungary employ 33,000 people and highlighted their important role in the automotive industry. “Their developments and investments have boosted Hungary’s long-term growth rate at least two percentage points above the European Union average,” he said.

The minister also revealed that there are over 600 Japanese students studying in Hungarian universities, about 400 of them in medicine. He added that Hungary will open a cultural institute in Tokyo at the end of the year.

Finally, Minister Szijjártó announced that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will visit Tokyo on December 5 and 6 to discuss further opportunities to boost political, economic and trade cooperation.

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