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Prefecture Pitch - Exploring Business Opportunities in Japan
Free of charge
07.11.2023 · 16:00
07.11.2023 · 18:00

Introduction of the diverse business potential of Japan's regions


At this event, speakers from Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Osaka, Saitama, and Gunma will introduce their prefectures (= Japanese Bundesländer) and provide insights into the business environment and opportunities in their respective regions. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of doing business in different parts of Japan, connect with representatives, and discover potential partners, resources, and incentives.

The event will be accompanied by an introduction into the topic by AHK Japan as well as an input by LSI Bochum, a Germany-based intensive language training facility. A Q&A session will be held after the pitches.

Date & Venue

Tuesday, 7th November 2023, 16:00 - 18:00 (JST) | 8:00 - 10:00 (CET)

Online via Zoom


Time (JST) Time (CET) Agenda


Pitch Titel/
16:00 08:00 Greeting and Welcome AHK Japan Dr. Lucas Witoslawski
COO, AHK Japan / Deputy Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Japan
16:10 08:10 Guest Speech Landessprachen Institut (LSI) Bochum Christoph Schlüter
Head of Institute, LSI-Japonicum
16:20 08:20 Prefecture Pitch 1

Fukuoka Foreign, Investment Promotion Center

Fukuoka - a unique regional city jumping up to a global financial hub

Mr. Tatsuro Shirakawa
Director, Strategic Impact Unit, EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd.

16:35 08:35 Prefecture Pitch 2 Ibaraki Prefectural Government

Gateway to Innovation, Ibaraki

Mr. Tomoo Nishiguchi
Deputy Director, International Business Development Division, Department of Business Strategy

16:50 08:50 Prefecture Pitch 3 Osaka International Business Promotion Center (IBPC Osaka)


Mr. Pham Thanh Trung
International Affairs Department

17:05 09:05 Prefecture Pitch 4 City of Saitama

Attractive City, Saitama: Regarding Business Location

Ms. Yuko Kodera
Manager, Business Development Division

17:20 09:20 Prefecture Pitch 5 Gunma Prefectural Government

Regional Revitalization in GUNMA

Mr. Hirotaka Okaniwa
Division Director, Department of Industrial Economic Affairs Future Investment and Digital Industry

Mr. Joseph Chaplin
Coordinator for International Relations

17:35 09:35 Q&A    
17:55 09:55 Closing AHK Japan  

Programme content is subject to change without notice.

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Sayoko Iwata

Sayoko Iwata

Member Coordinator
Member Relations