The “Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Fair” has been held every year since 2008 to promote exchanges between Japanese and Korean companies and build a business cooperation network. This year, which marks the 13th time, was held on November 5th in Seoul, South Korea.

Many of the Japanese participants were unable to travel to Korea due to restrictions on overseas travel due to the new coronavirus infection, so it seems that the event was held online.

At the fair, Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Korea, Mikio Sasaki, Chairman of the Japan-Korea Industrial Technology Cooperation Foundation, and Park Ki-young, Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Resources, Kim Yun, Korea-Japan Industry About 100 people, mainly the chairman of the Technical Cooperation Foundation and industry officials from both countries, participated, as well as 14 Japanese companies and 25 Korean companies.

  • Korea-Japan Industrial Technology Fair 2020
  • Korea-Japan Industrial Technology Fair 2020
  • Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Korea, attended the opening ceremony of the “Korea-Japan Industrial Technology Fair 2020” and the actual venue (Source: Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy website)

“Japan-South Korea relations are in a difficult time, but the economic exchanges and cooperation that form the basis of bilateral relations should be sustained,” said Park Ki-young. “New industrial fields and future energy He proposed three points: “cooperation in the field”, “conclusion of regional free trade agreements such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)”, and “joint entry into third-country markets”. In addition, events such as a Japan-Korea cooperation seminar, a Japan-Korea business counseling session, and a technical guidance matching counseling session for Korea were held by participants from both countries.

At the Japan-Korea Cooperation Seminar, under the theme of “Utilization of IoT and smart manufacturing technology innovation in the post-corona era,” Taro Shimada, president of Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, and Park Hang, head of the Smart Manufacturing Technology Innovation Promotion Team in South Korea, took the stage and smart manufacturing technology. He introduced strategies for innovation and examples of switching to digitalization.

According to the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, 37 engineers who have worked for major Japanese companies for many years and retired and 25 Korean companies who wish to receive technical guidance participated in the technical guidance matching consultation. Here, if a match between a Japanese engineer and a Korean company is established, it is said that a contract to provide technical guidance to the Korean company is established, but it has not been announced how many people have contracted with where.

In addition, at the Japan-Korea Business Council, discussions were held between Japanese and Korean companies on how to import and export products, joint R & D collaboration, and discovery of new businesses. Japan and South Korea are in a rigid state due to political issues, but many Japanese companies make South Korea the second largest exporter after the United States and China, especially for semiconductor manufacturing equipment and material manufacturers, Samsung Electronics, SK. The existence of two major semiconductor memory makers, Hynix, is large, and in addition to the collaboration of technology development and the establishment of joint ventures with private cooperation, efforts to develop new businesses are continuing.