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May 25, 2022
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs

2022 Inter-regional Economic Exchange Program (Support for Collaboration with NRW SMEs)
The TOKYO x NRW SME Partnership Program An online seminar will be held as part of this program!

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has been running the Inter-regional Economic Exchange Program in order to help Tokyo SMEs expand overseas, based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it has signed with cities overseas regarding this support.
Within this program, it is working with the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to support SMEs, based on the MOU concerning closer collaboration in the support of SMEs between Tokyo and North Rhine-Westphalia.
An online seminar will be held as part of this program to showcase the appeal of market in Tokyo to NRW SMEs and others.
Note: SME is an acronym for "Small and Medium-sized Enterprise"


Invest Tokyo: The Global Asian Powerhouse is Open for Business for Companies from NRW

Date and Time

Jun. 20 (Mon.), 2022
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CEST), 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (JST)


Part 1: Attractiveness of the Tokyo / Japan Market and Opportunities for Business Cooperations

"Innovations from Tokyo"


Mr. Korehiro Odate, Executive Officer, Energy Company CEO Euglena Co., Ltd.

Note: TMG will introduce its support measures for foreign companies.

Part 2: German Companies’ Access to the Tokyo / Japan Market: their Experience and Success doing Business in Tokyo

"Case studies from NRW companies in Tokyo and panel discussion"


  1. Dr. Niklas Reinke, Director DLR Tokyo Office
  2. Ms. Akiko Tomita, Managing Director Miele Japan Corp.
  3. Mr. Shuji Shiraki, CEO B-ON K.K.

Note: NRW.Global Business GmbH and NRW.Global Business Japan will explain their support activities for NRW Companies.

Speaker Profiles(PDF:578KB)


Online seminar (Zoom)

Target / Capacity

NRW SMEs and others (around 100 people)

Participation fee



Japanese English Simultaneous Interpretation

Application period

May 25 (Wed.) to Jun. 16 (Thu.), 2022

Application method

Please apply via the application form(External link)

* Please click here for the original Japanese article.

Management Support Section, Commerce and Industry Division, Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Phone: 03-5320-4798