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[Title] Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of Japan on Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technology

[Place] Seoul
[Date] December 20, 1985
[Source] United Nations Treaty Collection
[Notes] Came into force on 20 December 1985 by signature, in accordance with article 8 (1).
[Full text]

The Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of Japan,

Believing that the cooperation between the two Governments in the field of science and technology for peaceful purposes will further consolidate the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries and contribute to the economic and social progress of their respective countries,

Reaffirming the desirability of the expansion of mutually beneficial industrial technology cooperation between the two countries which is undertaken by the initiative of private sector,

Noting the need to foster an environment conducive to the promotion of such cooperation by appropriate means, and

Aiming at further strengthening the cooperation between the two Governments in the field of science and technology,

Have agreed as follows:


1. The two Governments shall, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit, promote and facilitate cooperation in the field of science and technology between them.

2. Such cooperation may be undertaken in the following areas:

a) marine science;

b) resources and energy;

c) health and environment:

d) architecture and civil engineering:

e) agriculture, forestry and fisheries science:

f) material science:

g) electronics;

h) telecommunication;

i) aviation and space science:

j) mechanical and chemical engineering:

k) biotechnology:

l) computer and information science:

m) science and technology suitable to provide a basis for industrial development: and

n) other areas as may be mutually agreed upon.


Forms of the cooperative activities under this Agreement may include the following:

a) exchange of information and data on science and technology;

b) exchange of information on the major policy matters in the field of science and technology:

c) joint research and institutional research cooperation:

d) exchange of scientists, technical personnel and other experts;

e) meetings of various forms by scientists, technical personnel and other experts; and

f) other forms of cooperation as may be mutually agreed upon.


1. With a view to achieving the aim of this Agreement, the two Governments shall establish a Korea-Japan Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee") consisting of the representatives of the two Governments.

2. The Committee shall meet in Korea and in Japan alternately on the date to be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.

3. The Committee shall have the following functions:

a) to discuss major policy matters relating to the implementation of this Agreement;

b) to review the progress of the implementation of this Agreement: and

c) to propose to the two Governments as regards specific measures to ensure the enhancement of cooperation under this Agreement.

4. Contacts concerning the functions of the Committee when it is not in session shall be conducted through diplomatic channels.


Each Government shall accord to the nationals of the other country facilities necessary for the carrying out of the activities under this Agreement.


Implementing arrangements setting forth the details and procedures of the specific cooperative activities under this Agreement may be made between the two Governments or their agencies, whichever is appropriate.


This Agreement shall be implemented within the scope of laws and regulations in force in each country.


No provision in this Agreement shall be interpreted as to affect other arrangements for cooperation between the two Governments, existing at the date of signature of this Agreement or concluded thereafter.


1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of signature.

2. This Agreement shall remain valid for a period of two years. This Agreement shall be automatically extended for successive periods of two years unless either Government notifies the other Government in writing of its intention to terminate this Agreement at least six months prior to the expiry of any one period.

3. The termination of this Agreement shall not affect the carrying out of any project or program undertaken under this Agreement and not fully implemented at the time of the termination of this Agreement.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.

DONE in duplicate at Seoul on December 20, 1985 in the Korean, Japanese and English languages, all texts being equally authentic. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.

For the Government of the Republic of Korea:

(Signature in Korean Language)

Lee Won-Kyung

For the Government of Japan:

(Signature in Japanese Language)

Kiyohisa Mikanagi