Prime Minister Ratas calls for closer business contacts in Japan

12.02.2020 | 00:00

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Kobe, Japan, 12 February 2020 – Today, at the business seminar held in Osaka, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas called on entrepreneurs from Estonia and Western-Japan to strengthen business contacts. The Prime Minister emphasised that countries such as Estonia and Japan must offer solutions that simplify daily life, develop smart cities and methods of sustainable energy, and promote inclusive economic growth.

Prime Minister Ratas, Minister of Education and Science Mailis Reps, and Estonian entrepreneurs also met today with Kizo Hisamoto, the Mayor of Kobe, to discuss opportunities for cooperation in adopting environmentally friendly technology, as well as in education and research, to discuss opportunities for cooperation in adopting environmentally friendly technology, as well as in education and research. They also discussed early warning systems for natural disasters, e-health and robotic package terminal solutions.

At the business forum, held at the campus of Ritsumeikani University and organised by Kansai Keidanreni and Sansani, Japan’s leading smart business contact solutions, Prime Minister Ratas stated that Estonia is referred to as an e-country because of all the IT solutions used by the government, businesses and residents every day. ‘For entrepreneurs, this means saving time and money, allowing them to focus instead on building their own successful business’, said the Prime Minister.

Ratas added that it is based on an innovative and open way of thinking that a successful IT industry and a dynamic start-up sector have developed in Estonia. ‘When it comes to building e-solutions and e-government, there is a strong partnership between our public and private sector. The result is around 5000 e-services which are available today to citizens and businesses’, said the Prime Minister.

‘Five years ago, we opened our digital services to the rest of the world. E-residency provides a digital identity for everyone in the world and allows for business to take place on the web and access to the EU market, regardless of location’, said Prime Minister Ratas.

January marked the 25th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake, one of the worst in the history of Japan, in which more than 6400 were killed and more than 300,000 were left homeless. After rebuilding the city, Kobe’s mayors want to make public services even more accessible and convenient for residents. Crisis relief applications and early warning systems also play an important role for the city. The city of Kobe has 1.5 million residents.

Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will begin the last day of his visit to Japan in Kyoto, where he will open a business seminar and meet with Governor Takatoshi Nishiwaki. From there, Ratas will travel to Osaka, in order to meet with Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura and Deputy Mayor Takahashi. In addition, the Prime Minister will meet with Toshizō Ido, the Governor of Hyogo.


Government Communication Unit