• Building economic ties with Japan

    18th February 2017 by

    This week I have been in Japan to strengthen cultural and economic ties and the special relationship that exists between our two countries. Scotland is an outward looking society and Japan is an important international ally. This trip underlined the Scottish Government’s determination to maintain our reputation on the global stage. One message that I...

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  • Japan’s growing market for Scotch

    15th February 2017 by

    During my visit to Japan, I visited the Isetan Shinjuku Store, which boasts the highest sales of any department store in Japan. I had the pleasure to take part in the first ever Scottish food and drink Fair and highlight the quality and provenance of authentic Scottish produce. Scotland has a fantastic larder of some of the world’s...

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  • Our flourishing relationship with Japan

    11th February 2017 by

    Economic facts about Scotland and Japan

    Our long history with Japan dates back to the 19th century – shortly after Japan decided to open its doors to the world. The Scottish merchant Thomas Glover’s relationship with Japan has been widely publicised and celebrated in both countries, and I had the pleasure of visiting Glover Garden in Nagasaki in 2015.

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  • Burns’ values relevant to EU question

    26th January 2016 by

    The people of Scotland and the rest of the UK will soon decide whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said his referendum on EU membership will happen before the end of 2017. The smart money is that it will take place this year...

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  • Book Week Scotland

    3rd December 2015 by

    The importance of reading for pleasure cannot be underestimated. It broadens the mind and nourishes the soul, while providing a range of mental health and wellbeing benefits that cannot be ignored. However, finding the time to read or feeling confident reading can be challenging. The Scottish Government is committed to increasing learning through the arts...

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  • Family Portrait: The Scots Italians 1890-1940

    11th November 2015 by

    This December, National Records of Scotland, with the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Edinburgh, will host an exhibition exploring the history of the Italian community in Scotland. The exhibition, featuring rare photographs and restored documents, provides new fascinating insights into the life of Italian families who moved to Scotland in the early twentieth...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

    22nd October 2015 by

    Scottish Diaspora Tapestry by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. One of the foundations on which a modern Scotland is built is the enduring relationship with France which dates back to 1295. The long standing treaty, Vielle Alliance, began when King John Balliol’s relationship with England started to deteriorate. This period...

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  • Humza Yousaf: Refugees are coming to Scotland – here’s how you can make them welcome.

    5th October 2015 by

    The Scottish Government has made it clear to the UK Government that Scotland will take its proportionate share of refugees coming to Britain. As Minister for Europe and International Development, I chair a task force which is designed to help smooth the transition for the adults and children preparing to come to Scotland. We’re holding...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: BBC Charter review stakeholder event

    30th September 2015 by

    Last week I joined a cross-section of Scotland’s broadcasting sector to consider the question `What does Scotland want from the BBC Charter Renewal process?` at the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow. The Scottish Government has – for the first time – secured a formal role during the process of BBC Charter renewal. This offers us...

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  • Scotland at the Milan Expo

    27th August 2015 by

    Scottish food, drink, tourism and sustainability will be the focus of a four-day Scottish showcase at the World Expo in Milan next month. ‘Scotland at the Expo’, a programme of events to be held at the Milan Expo 2015, was announced this week at the Italian Consulate (25 August) by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture,...

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