Brussels, 16 June 2008
Today, the European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik, officially launched the network of European Researchers in Japan. Consulted through an on-line survey, the European researchers working in Japan have pronounced themselves very much in favour of this network (74% of the respondents) and expressed their specific needs: to develop their contacts and get access to information on career development, research funding and Europe-Japan cooperation opportunities. The tool set up for them by the European Commission will answer these needs with interactive tools of information and networking.
"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
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