Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made public an agreement with Israël. The two states hope to develop their economic relations, particularly concerning military supplies and cyber-defence.

In May 2014, a first in-principle agreement was signed in Tokyo between Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Japanese opposite number (photo). This new agreement specifies the terms of the cooperation.

In July 2014, the Japanese Minister of the Economy, Yoichi Miyazawa, visited Tel-Aviv, while the Director of Mr. Netanyahu’s cabinet, Harel Locker, went to Tokyo.

Presently, the exchanges between the two countries are negligible. In 2013, Israël’s exports to Japan were worth 720 million dollars (0,1 % of all Japan’s imports). However, Shinzo Abe, breaking with his predecessors, wants to open his country to the Zionist régime.

Pete Kimberley