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Past event: Estonia – naturally innovative. Webinar for Japan

On April 14th, naturally innovative Estonia will introduce its cooperation possibilities to Japanese entrepreneurs at a webinar, focusing on e-Residency, trade, investments and tourism. Opening speeches will be held by Japan's Minister for Digital Transformation, Takuya Hirai and Estonia's Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Andres Sutt.

Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation Takuya Hirai hopes that this webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about Estonia. “Ten years can make a lot of changes, now Estonia has become widely known in Japan, but there are many things still we don’t know,” Hirai says.

Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, Estonia encourages to use digital solutions to continue building the trust and business relations between the countries that already have many shared values in terms of untouched nature, digital innovation and honesty-based business culture. As proof of this, several Japanese companies have made significant investments in Estonia, to name some recent one’s – Marubeni Corporations’s investment in Skeleton, Mistletoe’s investment in Funderbeam, Rakuten’s investment in Lingvist. Furthermore, a number of promising cooperation agreements have recently been concluded between Japanese and Estonian companies: Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and Cybernetica, Itochu Corporation and Cleveron, Shionogi and Helmes.


Opening words by moderator Mr. Vahur Lepik
Welcoming speech by Mr. Takuya Hirai, Japan’s Minister for Digital Transformation
Welcoming speech by Mr. Andres Sutt, Estonia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT
Enter e-Estonia, Mr. Allan Dobrõš, Business Development Manager at e-Estonia Briefing Centre

Trade theme-room:

Food industry by Ms. Kadi Raudsepp, Head of Export and Market Development Bureau at Ministry of Rural Affairs
Organic industry by Ms. Krista Kulderknup, Chief Executive Officer of Organic Estonia
Electronics industry by Mr. Arno Kolk, Managing Director of Estonian Electronics Industries Association
Creative industry by Ms. Ilona Gurjanova, President of Estonian Association of Designers
Woodhouse industry by Mr. Lauri Kivil, Managing director at Estonian Woodhouse Association

Invest Estonia & e-Residency theme-room:

Estonia at a glance by Mr. Tsubasa Yoshito, Project Manager of Asia Trade Agency at Enterprise Estonia
e-Residency – business without borders by Mr. Jaan Heinsoo, Head of New Markets at e-Residency
Mr. Arne Ansper, Head of Development at Cybernetica
Mr. Andrus Oks, Founding partner at Tera Ventures

Tourism theme-room:

Sustainable Estonia by Mr. Shigeyoshi Noto, Official representative of Visit Estonia in Japan
Why visit Estonia? by Mrs. Agnia Nast, Project Manager of Estonian Tourist Board
Moderator’s wrap-up

The event is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

To find out why Estonia could be your next travel or investment destination, you are most welcome to register for our webinar here. The webinar is equipped with both English and Japanese translation.

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What is it like to run a business in Estonia? How to benefit from the e-solutions and the efficiency of our business culture? What are the opportunities in specific sectors? Who to partner up with?

The Estonian Investment Agency’s team is happy to help you via its complimentary e-Consulting service, organize online or offline follow-up events such as virtual investment visits and guide you through the fairly simple process of investing in Estonia.

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