The Washington Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of nine companies on a state trade mission to Japan this week.
The trade mission is taking place May 20-24 in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The primary focus of the trip is the growing artificial intelligence (AI) space, and the trip will consist of four days of corporate site visits, briefings, pitch sessions, and business development meetings organized by the department’s partner Innovation Finders Capital, according to a press release.
“Artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming every sector of the economy, and our region’s technology cluster is rapidly becoming a major U.S. hub for AI,” said Dr. Lisa Brown, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce, in a prepared statement. “Opportunities in everything from autonomous vehicles to health care promise to change lives and create jobs, strengthening communities throughout Washington, thanks to the cutting-edge technologies emerging here.”
The group will be hosted in Tokyo by Fujitsu, Orrick Tokyo, DNP (Dai Nippon Printing, which opened an office in Seattle this month), Deloitte Tohmatsu, and NTT Holdings, and will meet with top executives.
The second part of the trip is to the Kansai region at the invitation of the Osaka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (OCCI). The chamber brought a similar delegation from Japan to Seattle in November of last year. Minoru Furukawa, vice chairman of OCCI, will address the delegation. Guest speakers include American Consul General Karen Kelley, and Susumu Saito, executive director of the Osaka Business Development Agency.
About 200 representatives of other major Japanese companies are expected to participate during the course of the trip, including Daiwa House, Kaneka, Hitachi, Toshiba, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi Electric, Obayashi Corp., and many others.