Prof. Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) together with the executives officially welcomed H.E. Mr. HAGIUDA Koichi, Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and delegation on the occasion of first visit and discussion on Thailand\'s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economy cooperation, Japan\'s Green Growth Strategy (GGS), and other related matters. Minister HAGIUDA proposed economic cooperation in Asian countries called the Asia-Japan Investing for the Future Initiative (AJIF), aiming to encourage future investment that leads to the foundation of a sustainable economic society through innovation. The initiative focused on the co-creation to grow together for a better future with Asian countries. Japan recognized the significant issues in the manufacturing industry, supply chain, middle-income trap, and aging society that the Thai government has attempted to solve with the drive of Thailand 4.0 policy and BCG Economic Model. Japan aimed to promote cooperation through human capital by developing human resources for higher value creation, increasing production capacity using innovation, and utilization of digital and AI technology. Moreover, Japan expected the initiative to be supported by the Japanese public and private sectors through the promotion of investment in Thailand. On this occasion, Dr. Chutima Eamchotchawalit, Governor of TISTR and Mr. Sayan Tanpanich, Deputy Governor of R&D for Bio-industries were honoured to join the welcome on 13 January 2022 at the Office of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.