Japanese Minister of Economy to Visit Israel
Minister Hiroshige Sekō will lead the largest delegation of Japanese businessmen to Israel to date, including executives from Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Hitachi
This will be Sekō’s second visit to the country since assuming his role in 2016. This time around Sekō will lead the largest delegation of Japanese businessmen to Israel to date. The delegation numbers 150 individuals from 90 companies, including executives from Mitsubishi Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Hitachi Ltd.
Japanese companies have been increasingly interested in the Israeli market. In 2014, Japanese e-commerce mogul Rakuten Inc. acquired Israeli messaging app company Viber Inc. for $900 million. In 2017, Japanese drugmaker Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation acquired Israel-based pharmaceutical company NeuroDerm Ltd. for $1.1 billion. Tokyo-listed Canon Inc. acquired Israel-based video analysis company BriefCam Ltd. in July for an undisclosed amount, according to Pitchbook data.
From 2013 to 2018, Japanese investors were responsible for 3% of the total capital raised by Israeli companies, according to a November report by Tel Aviv-based market research firm IVC Research Center Ltd.