The Land of the Ever-Rising Sun: Japan and Israel
In January 2019, approximately 200 representatives from nearly 100 Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi and Toshiba, accompanied the Japanese Minster of the Economy, Hiroshige Seko to Israel. They attended meetings of the Japan Israel Innovation Network ("JIIN"), whose goal is to advance and strengthen economic cooperation between Japan and Israel and which has organized business networking for more than 1,000 companies through more than 50 events.
120-fold increase in Japanese investment in Israel
And certainly, there are strong grounds for optimism. When Japanese Prime Minister Abe visited Israel in May 2018, he announced that economic relations of the two countries was developing at an exponential level. Compared to the time the second Abe Administration started in 2012, the number of Japanese companies in Israel increased almost three-fold from 25 to 70, and Japanese investment in Israel increase from 1.1 billion yen to 130 billion yen, a 120-times increase.
Clear government support was a strong factor. In 2017, Israel and Japan signed and ratified a Bilateral Agreement for Liberalization, Promotion and Protection of Investments, offering protections from one country to the other. Other cooperation agreements were signed in 2017, promoting increase cooperation among government bodies, economic organizations and companies...