The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, and Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery of Japan, Kotaro Nogami, have met to agree a deal to strengthen European and Japanese ties in the field of agriculture and rural development. They jointly recognized the importance of the questions raised by the United Nations in the preparation for the upcoming Food System Summit – in particular, in relation to the challenges posed to agriculture and rural areas as backbones of food systems. Commissioner Wojciechowski and Minister Nogami recalled the important role of innovation for the transition to sustainable agriculture and food systems and that research and development should be encouraged. They encouraged multilateral cooperation at global level, which would aim to lead towards innovation to achieve a real transition towards increased sustainability. We affirmed that we would promote actions to support the necessary transition towards more sustainable agricultural production and food systems.” We will work together on robust solutions and pathways based on the diversity of our natural and societal circumstances as well as dietary cultures, acknowledging that agricultural innovation is key. We reaffirmed our existing bilateral agricultural and now multilateral cooperation stimulating innovation in areas of soil health and climate change.