John Swinney looks east for jobs

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FINANCE secretary John Swinney will be promoting opportunities for jobs and investment in Scotland when he visits Japan and South Korea next week.

Following a visit to the two countries last year, Swinney will meet firms in a number of key sectors during his latest five-day tour to drum up interest in trade and partnerships.

He said: “Collaboration between Scottish companies and their South Korean and Japanese counterparts already supports more than 4,000 jobs in Scotland and strengthens our business base.

“Scotland’s strengths in the fields of renewable energy, life sciences, food and drink and textiles are internationally recognised and there is a keen appetite in South Korea and Japan to learn from Scotland’s expertise and to share our world beating products and produce.”