Polish, Japanese Prime Ministers discuss bilateral cooperation

During the second day of his visit to Tokyo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to discuss strategic aspects of bilateral cooperation between both states.

At a joint press conference that followed the talks, PM Morawiecki said that Poland "will need a good partner, such as Japan to elevate the country’s economic development to a higher level" in the areas of nuclear energy, communication and 5G technologies.

He stated that the energy systems of both countries were dependent on coal to a larger extent than other countries, which creates a space for cooperation, including in coal gasification technologies, but also in the use of state-of-the-art nuclear solutions, so that the energy mix is associated with the lowest possible carbon dioxide emissions.

The topics of the Morawiecki-Abe talks included international issues regarding Russia, China, Brexit, tensions in the Middle East, and threats from North Korea. Both politicians also touched on matters concerning cooperation in the implementation of Poland's major infrastructure project, the Solidarity Transport Hub, 'clean coal' technology as well as nuclear and hydrogen-based energy.

Mr Abe noted that in 2019 Poland and Japan celebrated the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, adding that one of the topics of Tuesday's talks was to raise the strategic partnership to a higher level. He also expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of Poland's gas monopolist PGNiG and petroleum company Lotos and Japan's auto producer Toyota in the use of hydrogen technology.

In the course of the visit, PM Morawiecki also met Crown Prince Akishino of Japan and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko. His visit to Japan concluded with an official dinner with Shinzo Abe. The Polish PM will travel directly to Davos to attend the 50th World Economic Forum on Wednesday.