Delegation of the European Union to Japan held a reception party ‘Green EU Gateway to Japan Railway Mission Networking Event’ at the delegation office (Minato Ward, Tokyo) on November 30, 2017. The EU Delegation to Japan, together with the Governments of Austria and France, invited about 40 EU companies engaged in railways-related business to the International Trade Fair for Railways Technology held in Makuhari Messe (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2017) to exhibit in the EU zone of the Trade Fair (EU Pavilion, Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy, French Pavilion). The reception aimed at promoting exchange and collaboration among the EU companies and Japanese companies.
With this three-year plan, the EU Delegation to Japan has launched ‘EU Gateway to Japan’ programme in 2017 to strengthen business ties between EU and Japan. The programme supports expansion of EU companies in five sectors of the Japanese market – green energy, healthcare and medical devices, environment and water, railways technologies and services, construction and building; so far, meetings were arranged between 38 EU companies engaged in green energy business and Japanese companies. The business matching meetings and reception this time is a precedent event.
About 200 people attended the reception this time. EU Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Mr. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura’s address of welcome to the participants was followed by speeches by Mr. Pierre Mourlevat, Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs of the French Embassy, and Mr. Ingomar Lochschmidt, Commercial Counsellor of the Austrian Embassy. A toast was proposed by Mr. Noriyoshi Yamagami, Senior Deputy Director-General of Railway Bureau, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).