Estonian PM embarks on working visit to Japan
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, accompanied by Minister of Entrepreneurship Liisa Oviir and a 25-member Estonian business delegation, is embarking on a working visit to Japan today.
Rõivas is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and members of the National Diet, or Japanese Parliament.
The prime minister noted that the purpose of the visit was to introduce Estonia and its businesses to Japan.
"Japan is the third-biggest economy globally,” said Rõivas. “Business in Asia as a whole is growing and becoming increasingly important, which is why introducing Estonia and supporting businesses in establishing contacts in Japan is very important.”
The Estonian prime minister is to deliver several speeches in Japan, the most important of which will be introducing the Estonian e-society in the opening remarks at the New Economy Summit “NEST” 2016, Japan’s biggest conference on new economy.
Rõivas will also be conducting a roundtable discussion on economy and security at Waseda University, one of the country’s most reputable universities, before meeting with the university’s president, Kaoru Kamata.
On Wednesday, Rõivas is scheduled to meet with Hiroshi Mikitani, chairman, president and CEO of Japan’s biggest e-commerce platform and investment company Rakuten, as well as the company’s heads of foreign investment, Senior Executive Officer Tomotaka Torin and Executive Officer SaeMin Ahn. Rakuten has made significant investments in a number of Estonian companies including Lingvist and Fits.Me.
Following the meeting, Lingvist, an Estonian provider of a language learning platform, will be opening its new office in Tokyo.
Other events scheduled to take place during the working visit include the presentation of a Japanese-language e-book by Raul Allikivi and Yogi Maeda, and a concert by Estonian pianist Rein Rannap.
The business delegation accompanying the Estonian prime minister is comprised of representatives of 24 Estonian companies. The delegation’s visit to Japan has been coordinated in collaboration with Enterprise Estonia.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to return to Estonia on April 10.