Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a bid to attract more investment to the North. Mr McGuniness met the Japanese premier with First Minister Peter Robinson on their first trade visit to the country.
The four day visit follows an invitation from the prime minister during the G8 summit in Fermanagh earlier this year.
Mr McGuinness said he hoped the visit would strengthen ties with Japan.
“We had a very positive meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discussed Japan’s significant contribution to our economy. Japanese companies employ over 2,500 people here and their growth and longevity is testimony to the Japanese culture and commitment to long-term sustainable investments.
“Forging further links with the Japanese business community, attracting new inward investment and realising greater growth and two-way business development exchanges between our two countries is an important priority to help grow our global competitiveness.
“The meeting gave us the opportunity to talk about the development of investment, cultural and educational links,” he said.