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Delegation trip brings Thuringia and Japan closer together

A delegation trip to Japan at the end of April led by Thuringia’s Minister of Economics, Wolfgang Tiefensee, offered a wide range of contacts and the best conditions for opening up new markets. From April 20 to 27, 25 companies and research institutions from Thuringia explored the great potential of the Tokyo metropolitan area, the industrial diversity of Osaka, the port industry in Kobe, and innovative trends in Kyoto. At the same time, they visited the Optics and Photonics International Exhibition (OPIE), where Thuringian companies were also present as exhibitors.

Japan has traditionally been an attractive cooperation partner for Thuringia. The Land of the Rising Sun is strong in sectors and technologies in which Thuringian companies and researchers are also very successful – optics/optoelectronics, sensor technology, micro/nanotechnology, medical technology, environmental technology and renewable energy. In addition, at a time when supply chains are becoming more fragile, Japan is gaining importance as a strategic sourcing location as it provides reliable access to innovative and highly specialized suppliers. Organized by LEG’s Thuringia International team, the trip included visits to companies and research institutions such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Horiba, Nidec, Kyocera, Haneda Innovation City, and Kyoto University. The visit to the OPIE included participating in an industry-specific workshop, followed by a networking dinner with Japanese companies from the optics and photonics industry. (hw)

Among numerous business appointments, there was also time for exploring Japanese culture.

Among numerous business appointments, there was also time for exploring Japanese culture. Photo: LEG Thüringen