The 1st plenary meeting of Japan-Israel Innovation Network (JIIN) and business forum held by welcoming both economic ministers

November 2017

On November 29, with the aim of strengthening the future economic relationship between Israel and Japan, three events were held at the Tokyo American Club: the first plenary meeting of the Japan-Israel Innovation Network (JIIN), a business forum and the Japan-Israel Economic and Innovation Policy Dialogue. The business forum JETRO organized was joined by approximately 330 people from governments, government-affiliated organizations and companies and saw lively exchange toward reinforcing future relationships between two countries.

Terms of reference (TOR) for cooperation signed by related organizations

The first plenary meeting of JIIN, where JETRO acted as a secretariat, was joined by Japan's Economic Minister Hiroshige Seko and Israel's Economic Minister Eli Cohen as well as representatives from JETRO, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japan Association of New Economy (JANE), Israel Innovation Authority, Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI), Israel Export Institute (IEI), and Israel-Japan Friendship Society and Chamber of Commerce.

In his opening remarks, JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige introduced its activities such as support for Japanese companies in Israel and assistance of investment into Japan by Israeli companies, and made clear that the organization has taken an active stance in facilitating business exchange between both countries as a core member of JIIN. After that, each organization sighed the TOR, through which they committed to conduct activities such as organizing seminars and workshops in which Israeli and Japanese companies will be able to participate, business-matching, international joint research, support for technical demonstrations and dispatching of company missions.

Opening remarks by JETRO Chairman and CEO Ishige

1st plenary meeting of JIIN

Business forum joined by public and private sectors

The business forum, an event held concurrently with the plenary meeting of JIIN, received over 330 applications. JETRO President Yasushi Akahoshi stated in his opening remarks the attractiveness of Israel in terms of its business environment, while touching on that Israel and Japan have been forging ever closer relations since state visits between the two countries in 2014 and 2015. In the ceremony session following the keynote speech and panel discussion, six agreements were signed, including a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) between JETRO and the IEI in the presence of both economic ministers.

As a pivotal member, JETRO will contribute to JIIN including through dispatching Japanese start-ups to have them experience Israel's eco-system, helping Israeli companies to invest in Japan and conducting business-matching in various fields.

Exchange of MOC between IEI and JETRO

Outline of business forum

Date and time Wednesday, November 29, 17:30–19:15
Venue Tokyo American Club, ManhattanⅠandⅡ
Organizers Embassy of Israel to Japan, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Opening Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization(NEDO), Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan Association of Cooperate Executives, Japan Association of New Economy, Ministry of Economy and Industry in the State of Israel, Israel Export Institute (IEI)
Participants Approx. 330 people including Japanese companies, Israeli and Japanese-affiliated organizations and media outlets
Opening Remarks
Yasushi Akahoshi, President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Future Collaboration between Japan and Israel
  1. “Introducing the Japan-Israel Innovation Network (JIIN)”
    Yasuhiko Yoshida, Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  2. “Introducing the R&D Co-Fund Program and More”
    Aharon Aharon, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority
Challenges and Opportunities for Japan/Israel Business Collaboration
  1. Keynote speech
    Nobuyuki Idei, Founder and CEO, Quantum Leaps Corporation
  2. Panel Discussion
    Shumon Mori, Global Innovation Team Leader, Incubation Business Division, Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support Co., Ltd.
    Yigal Unna, Chief Executive Director of New Cyber Technologies Unit in the Israel National Cyber Directorate
    Shai Arbel, Vice President for Intelligence Research in Verint Systems
    Sanai Hattori, Director, Manufacturing Division, TDK-Lambda Corporation
    Takeshi Hiraiwa, Deputy General Manager, Business Innovation Dept., Corporate Planning & Strategy Div., Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
    Kenji Takeda, Co-Founder & CTO, Corundum Innovation Co., Ltd.
Guest speeches
  1. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  2. Eli Cohen, Minister of Economy and Industry
Ceremony session
  1. Signing of Japan-Israel Innovation Network (JIIN) TOR
  2. Exchange of “Business Partners” Booklet between MOEI and METI
  3. Signing of MOI between JOIN and MOEI
  4. Exchange of MOC between IEI and JETRO
  5. Exchange of MOU between TURNOWSKY and SunM Color Co., Ltd.
  6. Exchange of Press Release for Cashless Payment Systems between OTI and AEON Delight
Closing remarks
Yaffa Ben-Ari, Israeli Ambassador to Japan