To expand its international partnership with Japan, a delegation of Fraunhofer representatives travelled to Tokyo in October, 2019. In addition to a meeting between Fraunhofer President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, the fourth Fraunhofer Symposium "Digital Photonics made in Germany" with around 130 participants from Japanese companies and a workshop on the challenges and potential of future applications of quantum technologies took place as part of the delegation trip.
Representatives of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft visited Tokyo for several days to strengthen German-Japanese economic relations. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft intends to work even more closely with Japanese companies in the future, particularly in the fields of digital photonics and quantum technologies. The highlight of the trip was a personal meeting between Fraunhofer President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.
The occasion for the trip was the 4th Fraunhofer Symposium "Digital Photonics made in Germany" in Tokyo, which was jointly organized by the Representative Office Japan and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF as well as the Center of Excellence in Photonics in Jena. A total of six Fraunhofer institutes presented themselves to 130 Japanese business representatives and discussed the possibilities and opportunities for cooperation in the field of digital photonics.
The workshop "Quantum Technologies - Challenge and Potential for real world applications" on the following day brought together experts from both countries in the field of quantum technologies. Around 50 participants discussed the challenge, ways and potentials to transfer basic research into quantum technology applications as quickly as possible.