The President of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, visited Japan from 18 to 22 April, accompanied by an economic and scientific delegation. His trip took place in three stages. First he went to Tokyo, then to Osaka and finally to Kyoto.
In Tokyo, the President of the Confederation met with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi. While the discussions focused on Ukraine and the resulting challenges for security policy in Europe and Asia, the talks also addressed the role of Switzerland and Japan in international organisations and cooperation in the fields of trade and science. President Ignazio Cassis and his interlocutors praised the good bilateral relations between the two countries, based on shared values.
President Cassis discusses global security and bilateral issues with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Foreign Minister Hayashi, Press release, 18.04.22
After participating in an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, the President of the Confederation visited Osaka. The Swiss delegation attended the launch of the construction of the new Swiss Consulate. The consulate will also serve as an additional Swissnex location. The programme also included an exchange with the organisers of the Osaka 2025 World Expo, a visit to the Fugaku supercomputer and a meeting with the Swiss community in the Kansai metropolitan area.
President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis concluded his presidential trip with a speech on the relationship between science and diplomacy, which he delivered to students at Kyoto University on 21 April. In his speech, Ignazio Cassis spoke about how science diplomacy can help meet the challenges of the 21st century.
President Cassis rounds off visit to Japan with an address at Kyoto University, Press release, 21.04.22