Denmark – Japan

Both the private and public sectors in Japan invest heavily in research and innovation.
Anette Birna Muus Day
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Japan, which is the world's third largest economy, is a strong nation within the area of research and development. Especially in terms of private investment in R&D, Japan is among the leading countries in the world. Japan also stands out significantly in an international context when it comes to the number of patents in which the Tokyo region is particularly strong.

Japan is characterized by a high level of education and has the second highest proportion of people with higher education within the OECD. This is despite the fact that a smaller proportion of GDP is spent on higher education than in Denmark.

Japan is also one of the world's most high-tech countries as well as one of the countries in the world that produces the most scientific publications and has many talented top researchers.

Japan is an attractive partner country

Over the past 20 years, there has been a steady increase in Danish-Japanese research collaboration, measured by the number of co-publications. It is especially in areas such as physics, astronomy, biology, information science and medicine that Danish and Japanese scientists collaborate.

On April 12, 2018, a new cooperation agreement (framework agreement) was signed between the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Japan is an attractive partner country for the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and especially for the Danish universities, as the level of education is high and there are excellent research institutions. Therefore, the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has focus on maintaining a good collaboration with Japan, among other things by supporting the bilateral agreement from 2018.

last modified Jan 09, 2020