Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler paid a three-day official visit to Japan, where he signed cooperation agreements in education, medical research, and sports, the minister told MTI by phone on Wednesday.
Kásler has held talks with the minister of health, labour and welfare, and that of education, culture, sports, science and technology. The ministers said that
bilateral ties have blossomed in recent years and pledged to widen cooperation further.
Hungary will continue to support the studies of Japanese students in Hungary through grants, Kásler said. The ministers agreed to boost the teaching of the Japanese and Hungarian languages in each other’s countries. They also pledged to conduct joint research of rare diseases, as well as genomics and proteomics, he said.
In sports, Hungary and Japan will prepare jointly for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo, and Hungarian athletes will have an opportunity to train there, Kásler said.
The two countries are holding a cultural year, mutually focusing on each other’s cultures, Kásler noted. Japanese star conductor and composer Ken’ichiro Kobayashi has composed a piece combining motifs of Hungarian and Japanese folk music and performed it with the Hungarian MÁV Symphonic Orchestra, Kásler noted. Crown Prince Akishino also attended the event, Kásler said.