NRW.INVEST organized and accompanied the visit of several representatives of the Japanese lower and upper houses to NRW.
The members of the Japanese lower house, Masazumi Gotoda and Shu Watanabe, as well as the members of the upper house, Kenji Nakanishi and Yasue Funayama, signed the guestbook of the State Parliament at the reception given by the NRW State Parliament President André Kuper. The Japanese Consul General in NRW, Ryuta Mizuuchi, MEP Jens Geier and representatives of NRW.INVEST accompanied the delegation.
Kuper emphasized: "Given the good relations between NRW and Japan, I am very pleased that they are in the state parliament today." He hoped that this visit would contribute to intensifying relations even further. With the state capital Düsseldorf, NRW is the most important location for the Japanese economy on the European continent. And with the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU, this role will become even more important.
The delegation also visited "Startplatz Düsseldorf", the startup incubator and meeting place of the Rhenish startup scene. Here the participants were informed about the digihub Düsseldorf-Rhineland and the digital strategy of the state capital.
Following the visit to Düsseldorf, the delegation toured the Japanese company Shimadzu in the Ruhr Metropolis. The analysis technology supplier maintains its European headquarters in Duisburg and in 1987 was the first Japanese company to settle in the city.