Brussels, 16 June 2008
"European researchers working in Japan represent a patrimony of knowledge and experience. They are the Ambassadors of European research in Japan and this network will be an important tool for reinforcing research collaboration between Europe and Japan", stated Commissioner Potočnik.
Japan and the EU together accounts for about 40% of the world's GDP and are amongst each other's main trade and investment partners. Both partners are convinced that research and innovation are at the heart of a successful strategy to address the challenges of industrial competitiveness and sustainable development. As part of this strategy, researchers represent a golden resource that should benefit from specific facilities to network and identify professional opportunities.
With several thousands European researchers living in Japan and the strategic position of this country in worldwide R&D, Japan was an early target for the European Researchers Abroad initiative.
The network that is launched today will provide the following services:
The very large number of European researchers working
abroad represents a strong asset for the European Research Area, regardless
whether they return to Europe or chose to remain abroad. Getting them connected
is an important part of the strategy to develop an open, competitive and
attractive European labour market for researchers in support of the concept of
Japan is the second country, after the US, where such a network is launched. In the US, more than 3500 European Researchers have joined the initiative officially launched by Commissioner Potočnik in June 2006.
More information on the survey of European researchers in Japan:
More information on the European Researchers Abroad network: http://cordis.europa.eu/euraxess-links/japan/
 The Network will be named EURAXESS-LINKS as of 24/06