J-Bridge by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a business platform to facilitate collaboration or alliances between Japanese corporations and innovative Australian companies. JETRO supports cross-border open innovation for accelerating digital transformation (DX). This spans across six sectors – (i) Carbon Neutral, (ii) Mobility, (iii) Retail, (iv) Healthcare, (v) Agri, (vi) Smart Cities.

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The J-Bridge program in Australia is supported by Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. (IGPI)


J-Bridge Launch Event

J-Bridge Launch Event – Building a Bridge Between Japanese Corporations and Innovative Australian Companies


J-Bridge Launch Event –
Building a Bridge Between Japanese Corporations
and Innovative Australian Companies
JETRO held an online launch event to introduce J-Bridge in Australia and talk about cross-border open innovation and digital transformation (DX) practices. The event aims to touch upon the theme from the perspective of various stakeholders (e.g. Govt, Japanese corporations, innovative Australian companies etc.) to give more flavour to our diverse audience. The event was moderated by our supporter – IGPI Australia.
The Launch Event was held on October 6th, 2021


  • Agenda and Speakers:
  • • Welcome note by JETRO Sydney
    • An opening address by The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI)
  • • Business innovation and investment opportunities between Australia and Japan - Presentation by Austrade
  • • Introducing J-Bridge - Presentation by JETRO’s HQ
    • Japanese corporates’ take on open innovation with Australia - Panel discussion with ST Solutions Australia and Sojitz Australia Ltd. (moderated by IGPI Australia)
  • • Australian startup’s experience in the Japan market - Q&A session with icetana Ltd. and IGPI Australia
    • Q&A session by audience - all speakers
    • Wrap up and vote of thanks - JETRO Sydney

Masaki Takahara
Managing Director 
JETRO Sydney
Kenji Mihara
Director Investment Facilitation Division Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Matthew Terpstra
Manager for Investment (Asia Desk) and Japan Specialist 
Masahiro Miyao
Director, DX Promotion Team
Invest Japan Department
Takero Izuhara
ST Solutions Australia
Toshi Matsuo
Deputy General Manager 
Sojitz Australia Limited
Matt Macfarlane
CEO & Managing Director
icetana Ltd.
Rachit Khosla
Country Manager -  Australia
IGPI Australia