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June 8-9, 2015, roadshow of Russian regions took place in Tokyo. The event was organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), supported by the Embassy and the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Japan.
The Russian delegation included the heads and representatives of Tomsk, Kaluga, Tula, Ulyanovsk, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod regions, Khabarovsk Territory and Chuvash Republic.
In the framework of the event, 8th of June the delegates visited Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and JETRO.
Representatives of Japanese companies were able to personally talk about problems encountered in entering the Russian market and working with Russian suppliers.
Jetro President Satoshi Miyamoto said that Japanese business continues to operate in Russia, despite the sanctions: "It's nice that regional administrations are meeting us halfway, coming to Japan. Such meetings can become a serious impetus for the development of business relations and the launch of new projects."
June 9, on the main day of the roadshow, the delegates presented the investment potential of the regions, and Japanese entrepreneurs interested in cooperation got a chance to participate in a series of G2B meetings. From the Japanese side, the event was attended by over 100 participants - representatives of the government, diplomatic corps, business associations and business leaders.
ASI Corporate Director Svetlana Chupsheva stressed the importance of informal contacts between officials and entrepreneurs: "Personal meetings between business and regional governments are always efficient in removing emerging issues and establishing trustful relations. This is an important aspect of activity of regional management teams, which can not be ignored. This is our third roadshow organized for Russian regions, and the events always get positive feedback from both parties. In some cases we can already see tangible results."