Published: 2022-03-02 10:44 | Updated: 2022-03-02 10:44

The Ambassador of Japan to Sweden visits Karolinska Institutet to explore world-leading research

His excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Sweden, Masaki Noke, visited KI on 24th November, 2022, to explore the institution and world leading research ongoing at KI.

The Ambassador visited the laboratory of Professor Camilla Björkegren at Biomedicum.
The Ambassador visited the laboratory of Professor Camilla Björkegren at Biomedicum. Photo: N/A

The Ambassador was accompanied by Shinya Tatematsu, First secretary (Science and Technology) at the embassy of Japan, and by Tadaharu Tsumoto PhD, and Shinji Ide, Director and Deputy Director of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Stockholm Office accordingly.

Visiting Biomedicum

The delegation was warmly welcomed by the international relations office and Professor Robert Harris, who demonstrated an overview of Karolinska Institutet. After a tour of Aula Medica, the ambassador visited the laboratory of Professor Camilla Björkegren at Biomedicum. Professor Camilla Björkegren and researchers kindly presented their respective work at the laboratory and proceeding research.

From left to right: Dr. Tadaharu Tsumoto, H.E. Mr. Masaki Noke, Rektor Ole Petter Ottersen.
From left to right: Dr. Tadaharu Tsumoto, H.E. Mr. Masaki Noke, Rektor Ole Petter Ottersen. Photo: N/A

A long-standing friendship

Following the visit at Biomedicum, KI’s president Ole Petter Ottersen greeted the ambassador. They discussed the importance of academic collaboration between Japan and KI. The Ambassador was impressed by the excellent system and quality of research at KI, and stressed, “We should further strengthen the partnership between Japan and KI.” Thanking also for the opportunity to meet the Japanese researchers, he said, “Direct talks with them were very useful to understand how much they are working hard. I will continue to be interested and engaged.”

President Ottersen stressed the important of further collaboration and intensification of KI’s partnership with Japan. “We have a long-standing friendship with Japan, and it can be substantially expanded into an even more flourishing collaboration in time to come,” said President Ottersen.