Message from the Chairman
JETRO has been working in wide-ranging fields to connect Japanese business to the world throughout its 60-year history. Our focus has shifted as necessary in line with the times. However, our permanent mission has been to contribute to the development and competitiveness of Japan's economy. We do this by supporting companies and regional authorities seeking vitalization through global business.
Looking at Japan today, the country faces significant changes in economic and social structure, such as population decline due to a falling birthrate and aging society. At the same time, we see population growth and rising income levels around the world, notably in emerging economies. In this light, it is clear that there is an increasing need to incorporate the vibrancy of other countries into Japan for our mutual economic growth.
JETRO’s role continues to include helping Japan’s large corporations. However, we have been increasingly assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and producers of agricultural, forestry, fishery and food products in developing overseas markets. Simultaneously, we have been attracting more investment into Japan from international organizations.
The expansion of the digital economy has been of particular focus in recent years. The cutting-edge technologies of the fourth industrial revolution—exemplified by artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and new business models like sharing services—are thriving. Therefore, connecting Japanese companies to overseas ecosystems in these areas is another critical JETRO role.
Of course, we also remain dedicated to enhancing the quality of our collection and analysis of information and provision of insight regarding markets, economies and political environments across the globe. This has been a primary mission of JETRO since its establishment.
JETRO's strength also lies in its global network of more than 120 offices, including 49 in Japan and 76 in 55 other countries. Maximizing the capacity of this network, we are fully committed to being a reliable ally for business people and stakeholders as they contribute to the continued prosperity of Japan’s economy and society. Through this, we help to ensure that Japan remains a trusted economic partner worldwide.
Chairman & CEO