Message from the President

Dear Members and Friends of the Chamber,

It is a great honour for me to have been appointed the first woman and the first Japanese President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

I was five years old when my father left his Japanese government job and relocated the family to Rome, where he joined the U.N. He did this because he recognized that the future of Japan rested on joining the international community and he wanted his daughters to become a bridge between East and West.

The 13 years I spent in Rome formed my multicultural persona. Italy has been very good to me and this appointment gives me the opportunity to return something of what I owe to a wonderful country.

Working in close cooperation with the Italian Embassy in Japan, the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Tourist Board and the Italian Institute of Culture, the ICCJ today plays a critical role in promoting and developing economic and trade relationships between Italy and Japan. Specifically:

  • The ICCJ’s resources make it the ideal partner for companies large and small wishing to strengthen their presence in the Japanese and in the Italian marketplace. These resources include a Board that features the heads of a range of leading Italian companies, plus a full-time staff of 9, dedicated to providing support to members.
  •  Our partnership with the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) gives us and our  Members a vital voice in EU-Japan trade policy issues, and particularly in the negotiations for completion of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
  • Our programme of events provides important insights into doing business in Japan, plus valuable opportunities for networking among Members.

This year is undoubtedly an important year, especially with the 150th anniversary of relations between Italy and Japan. There are many events planned throughout the year to celebrate this occasion; one of these include the May 28-29 "Italia, amore mio" event at Roppongi Hills, organised by the ICCJ in collaboration with many Italian companies throughout Japan. ICCJ is strongly focusing on this very important event, and we hope that it will become a spectacular PR opportunity for the best of "Made in Italy" products.

I encourage you to support and participate in the Chamber’s activities, and look forward to the opportunity to meet you at forthcoming events.

Kuniko Fujinami Weeks

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