Last week Nissan announced that they will produce their LEAF electric car at their plant in Sunderland. This is good for the car industry, and a further sign of how central low-carbon technologies are to future economic growth. It's another great UK-Japan success story and a chance to reflect on the depth and breadth of our work together.
On climate change there was good news last week that Japan is preparing to debate a new bill which will put its ambitious targets - to cut emissions 25% by 2020, and 80% by 2050 - into law.
In Afghanistan, Japan has made a huge financial commitment – pledging to spend $5bn over the next five years, and we worked closely with Japan in the run-up to the London Conference.
And we'll be in close touch as we approach the NPT RevCon in May. Nuclear disarmament and counter proliferation have a high public profile in Japan. With memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and with North Korea not far away, that is no surprise.
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