Courtesy Visit to State Minister Ishihara from Mr. Stefan Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary to the BMBF

Exchange of Information (Second from left: Secretary Müller)

Commemorative Photograph

 On Tuesday, May 23, 2016, State Minister of the Cabinet Office, Mr. Hirotaka Ishihara, received a courtesy visit from Mr. Stefan Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), during his visit to Japan.

 Mr. Ishihara explained the follow-up progress on the “Joint Declaration of Intent on Japanese – German Cooperation on the Promotion of Research and Development on Automated Driving Technologies” and the latest information on a national R&D project on Automated Driving Systems under the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP).

 In response, Mr. Müller reaffirmed the promotion of German participation on the following:

  • a large-scale Field Operational Test on public roads and at test sites in Japan starting from September 2017
  • an international workshop to be held in Tokyo in November.

 Mr. Ishihara reiterated the importance of automated diving technologies in the context of Germany’s “Industry 4.0” and Japan’s “Society 5.0”, and the two agreed to further enhance collaboration between the two countries.