Scotland to strengthen Japan trade links

The Scottish government’s external affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop will visit Japan next month to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

Hyslop will meet business and political leaders and hold discussions that will focus on areas of economic growth including renewable energy, education, science and research and trade and investment.

Ahead of her trip, Hyslop visited Mitsubishi Electric, a leading supplier of energy efficient air conditioning equipment, based in Livingston, West Lothian.

The Mitsubishi Electric plant has created 420 jobs over the last four years and employs 920 people in total.

“Japan is ‎an important international partner for Scotland,” said Hyslop.

“We have a long and positive relationship which is built on many strong economic, social and cultural connections.

“Mitsubishi Electric with their world class facilities here in Livingston is a fantastic example of a Japanese company operating in Scotland, employing over 900 people with huge potential for future growth.

“I want to develop these economic links and plan to meet with Mitsubishi Electric next month in Japan to reiterate our commitment to supporting their long term growth in Scotland.

“It is important that we continue to develop our relationship with countries across the world.

“Japan is one of the world’s largest economies, a global leader in science and engineering, and home to a unique and vibrant culture.

“Scotland enjoys many strong partnerships with Japan in business, education, culture and the arts that bring many benefits for both our countries.

“I look forward to supporting the growth of such partnerships and to reassuring businesses and investors in Japan that despite the Brexit vote, Scotland remains an open and attractive place to do business.”