October 11 marked the start of the biggest Danish Business Delegation ever to visit Japan. 55 Danish companies, 3 ministers and the two Royal Highnesses were all welcomed in the morning on Hotel Gajoen in Tokyo, which was the setting for the commercial programme.
Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple went around visiting the companies’ promotion booths at the hotel before participating in various seminars. The Delegation covered three sectors – design, health care and agriculture and food. In the morning, HRH the Crown Prince sat in in the seminar Global Food Market Trends about free trade and consumers demands, while HRH the Crown Princess first visited the Design Lounge, a showroom for Danish design brands, and then sat in in a seminar discussing innovation in Danish design.
While the companies were getting ready for lunch at the hotel, the Crown Prince Couple went to The Imperial Palace for a private lunch with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
The Crown Prince Couple made it back to the hotel in time for HRH the Crown Prince to hand over Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honour to the chairman of Matsuya Foods, Toshio Kawarabuki. After the awarding of the medal, HRH the Crown Prince observed the signings of 6 MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) between Danish and Japanese companies. MoUs are meant to further the collaboration between partners and ensure that the Danish and Japanese industries will work closely together in the future.
The commercial programme continued after the lunch, where HRH the Crown Prince participated in an event to promote innovation in pharmaceuticals, and HRH the Crown Princess greeted more Danish companies together with Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen.
In the evening, the Crown Prince Couple joined the three Danish ministers and representatives from the Delegation at the Residence of Ambassador Freddy Svane for a business reception before leaving for a private dinner hosted by Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan.
While the Crown Prince Couple were busy all day, the three Danish ministers certainly were, too. Joining the Business Delegation were Minister for Foreign Affairs Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby and Minister for Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen. By the end of their visit, all three had had bilateral meetings with their Japanese counterparts to ensure that the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Denmark and Japan signed in 2014, will continue to be relevant and up-to-date for both countries.
During the bilateral meeting with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, Anders Samuelsen and his counterpart signed a revised tax treaty between the two countries – the Double Taxation Convention.
Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby signed a MoC (Memorandum of Cooperation) with parliamentary vice-minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Mizuho Oonuma to ensure cooperation between the two ministries in the future. Minister Nørby further spoke at the Business Delegation’s seminar on Sustainable Health on how both Denmark and Japan should face the coming challenges within healthcare.
Minister for Environment and Food Esben Lunde Larsen met with his counterpart Minister for Environment Masaharu Nakagawa to discuss how the two countries can further the Strategic Partnership within environmental issues, especially in water issues. Minister Larsen also participated in the Business Delegation’s roundtable discussion about ingredients import.
The Crown Prince Couple visited Japan from October 8th to October 13th, the first three days with a cultural programme and the latter two days as part of the Danish Business delegation’s visit to Japan to promote Danish export.