Polish PM meets his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo

According to the Japanese prime minister, the talks also concerned the situation in Europe and Asia, as well as further cooperation within the Visegrad Group-plus-Japan format. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, on Tuesday, the second day of his visit to Tokyo, discussed strategic aspects of bilateral cooperation with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.

At a joint press conference following the talks, the Polish prime minister said that Poland, "to enter a higher level of economic development will need such a good partner as Japan" in the area of nuclear, communication and 5G technologies.

He noted that the energy systems of both countries are dependent on coal to a larger extent than other countries.

These similarities also create 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 Morawiecki-Abe talks also included international issues regarding Russia, China, Brexit, unrest in the Middle East, and threats from North Korea. According to Morawiecki, Poland and Japan have a very similar view on these topics.

"In a turbulent world, I am glad that the EU, along with the United States and Japan, is a promoter of stability, peace, and the best international, economic and trade cooperation," Morawiecki said.

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.

"Today, together with Poland, which is becoming increasingly important in Europe with its solid economic growth, we agreed to further strengthen our cooperation," Abe said.

The Japanese prime minister also said that among the issues discussed with Morawiecki was cooperation in the implementation of Poland's major infrastructure project, the Central Transportation Port, 'clean coal' technology as well as nuclear and hydrogen-based energy. 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.

"Japanese technologies in Poland, which is the European base for automotive production, are opening new prospects for the future," Abe said.

He also said he was pleased with the signing of a memorandum on mutual recognition of seafarers' diplomas and the commencement of talks on the coordination of social security systems to promote economic cooperation.

"We agreed with Poland, which plays an extremely important role in the field of European security, to extend talks in this field, including further consultations of defence authorities and deepening scientific and technological cooperation," Abe said.

According to the Japanese prime minister, the talks also concerned the situation in Europe and Asia, as well as further cooperation within the Visegrad Group-plus-Japan format. He pointed out that both Poland and Japan had confirmed their uniform stance on the North Korea situation.

"Side by side, with Prime Minister Morawiecki, as strategic partners we will work towards the robust development of relations between the two countries, as well as for the stability and prosperity of international society," Abe said.

In the course of the visit, Morawiecki also met Crown Prince Akishino of Japan and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko.

Morawiecki's visit to Japan concluded with an official dinner given by Abe.

From Tokyo, the Polish prime minister will travel to Davos to attend the 50th World Economic Forum on Wednesday.