Japan and Bahrain have agreed to work together in combating marine pollution.
They took the first step Monday, with a lecture by Tokyo's Tokai University professor Kisaburo Nakata, reported the Manama-based Gulf Daily News.
Nakata presented a lecture on Japan's experience in protecting the marine environment, at the Arabian Gulf University.
More than 30 marine pollution and environment experts participated in the event, said the paper.
Nakata said that the event was part of the implementation of the Kono Initiative, which was proposed by Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Yohei Kono during his visit to the GCC earlier this year.
"The Kono Initiative was based on three pillars, to establish multi-layered relations with GCC countries and Japan in many fields," he said.
"One of the three pillars stresses on environmental issues as a field of long-term co-operation between us."
Professor Nakata said: "After we are acquainted the next step will be to come up with joint projects," he told a Press conference following the event.
Nakata has already visited the UAE during a previous visit to the Gulf.
While in Bahrain he will also visit Bahrain University and the Bahrain Center for Studies and Research, said the paper – Albawaba.com
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