Québec and Japan sign second nanotechnology agreement
Close to 100 people, including a number of representatives of Québec companies and research centres, attended the official signing of a cooperation agreement between NanoQuébec and Nagano Techno Foundation, in Nagano on February 16. The agreement is aimed at promoting nanotechnology development. The Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo (Québec government office in Tokyo) was also represented at the signing ceremony, held during Nanotechnology Week in Japan.
Nagano Techno Foundation combines expertise from Shinshu University and other research institutions and companies in the Nagano prefecture. With a budget of US$70 million, the foundation has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology to develop a nanotechnology centre of excellence in the Nagano region by nurturing collaboration between the nanotech industry, universities and government.
Québec’s Delegate General in Tokyo, Suzanne Éthier, who attended the signing, pointed out that nanotechnology development is one of the high-priority scientific sectors supported by the Government of Québec and stressed Japan’s leadership in this area. She said that was pleased by Québec’s strong presence and the collaboration of the Embassy of Canada in the 2009 edition of Nanotechnology Week in Japan, which drew 24 Québec researchers and company representatives.
The Québec government office in Tokyo has been working closely with NanoQuébec for over three years, and the signing of this second cooperation agreement is a fine illustration of the vitality of relations between Québec and Japan in this area. In 2007, NanoQuébec signed a partnership agreement with the Japan’s Nanotechnology Business Creation Initiative (NBCI), the world’s largest nanotechnology association.
Délégation générale du Québec à Tokyo