Justice minister Robert Cazanciuc and his Japanese counterpart Sadakazu Tanigaki yesterday signed a Joint Statement of cooperation between the two ministries, the Ministry of Justice (MJ) informs. “In the history of bilateral relations, in the justice sector, this is the first visit of a Japanese minister, which ranges within the general policies of the two countries aimed at boosting the cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The topics on the agenda of talks were: organising and reforming the judiciary, the administration of penitentiaries and organising the probation system in Romania,” MJ announced. The presence of the Japanese delegation in Romania also represented an opportunity for the two ministers to sign a Joint Statement of cooperation. During the visit, the Nippon delegation was also due to have talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also on agenda was visiting two penitentiaries and a workshop of labour for the community. The visit paid by the Japanese delegation to Romania ranges is part of a European tour that will also include the French Republic.