Japan, the third world economy and one of the most industrially and technologically advanced countries in the world, is a very interesting market for Basque industry.
Within the framework of the ‘Euskadi – Japan 2023’ initiative, which this year aims to give visibility and intensify relations between the two countries and, in particular, to promote ‘Euskadi – Basque Country’ in Japan, the knowledge and understanding of both Peoples is being strengthened day by day with the development of all kinds of activities: institutional, business, social, cultural, educational, gastronomic and tourist activities.
These relations open up to the development of close collaborations that facilitate the start-up and consolidation of new socio-economic projects of great interest to the business world, which are promoted and accompanied by the professional teams of the SPRI Group and Basque Trade & Investment.
As an example of this, we have recently received the visit of a new Japanese delegation; on this occasion, representatives of the Assembly in the Prefecture of Aichi with an interest in deepening their knowledge and contact with institutions and companies related to Urban Regeneration and Public Transport.
Among other visits, the group held meetings with the heads of Bilbao Udala, Fomento San Sebastián and Donostia Futura, where they learned about the experience of the capitals in their transformation and management; the contribution of IDOM engineering-architecture in specific cases such as the Guggenheim Museum, Bizkaia Tower, Euskalduna Palace, San Mamés, Miribilla, etc.; the Guggenheim Museum itself as a reference for the artistic, architectural and social renaissance of Bilbao; Tecnalia and Basque solutions for the urban transport sector.
Japan, a priority country for the Basque Country
Japan is a priority country in the ‘Euskadi Basque Country 2025’ Strategy. Relations between the Basque Country and Japan have intensified in recent years; in addition to trade flows, there is the growing positioning of Basque gastronomy in Japan and the interest aroused by Japanese culture in the Basque Country and Basque culture in Japan. At the institutional level, the Basque Country has signed ‘Memorandums of Understanding’ with the Fukushima and Mie Prefectures.
Japan, the world’s third largest economy and one of the most industrially and technologically advanced countries in the world, is a very interesting market for Basque industry. Proof of this is the growing activity, both institutional and private, that has been developed with this country in the last decade, especially in strategic sectors such as the automotive industry and renewable energies.