HYOGO-Kobe Investment Promotion Seminar in Hong Kong

About the seminar

This seminar will share the expanding opportunities in the Kansai region as well as the investment environment of HYOGO-Kobe. Please don’t miss this opportunity to see the speakers in person from both Hong Kong and Japan, such as the co-founder of Mapxus, expanding its business in Japan via HYOGO-Kobe through collaboration with large Japanese companies, and the senior director of JR West Innovations, accelerating innovation in the Kansai region through collaboration with Hong Kong companies and others. They will share thought-provoking experiences to inspire your insights into your route to success in Japan face-to-face at the HKSTP.

Why HYOGO-Kobe

Located in the heart of Japan, HYOGO-Kobe has developed into the centre of the Kansai region with Osaka and Kyoto, which is the next key liaison after Tokyo between Japan and the world. As an example of a major future project, Osaka and the Kansai region will host the 2025 World Expo with the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. This will function as a venue of co-creation dedicated to contributing to the achievement of the U.N.’s SDGs. Moreover, redevelopment of the Sannomiya area surrounded by beautiful sea and mountains, which is the heart of HYOGO-Kobe, is now progressing toward envisioning a new form for the future, in cooperation and collaboration with JR West group. Since the fiscal year 2001, annually approximately 20 foreign/foreign-affiliated companies have utilized the “6 Bests” to establish businesses in HYOGO-Kobe.

What to expect

This seminar is a great chance for you to explore the business opportunities in Kansai and what the “6 Bests” are that HYOGO-Kobe proudly offers to foreign companies. Please feel free to join us.

Event Details

Date and time: 1st December 2022 (Thursday)  14:00 – 16:00 (HKT)
Venue: Inno2 Multi-function room 2-3, 2/F., 17W, Hong Kong Science & Technology Park
Target Audience: Companies and personnel interested in expanding the business into Japan
Language: English
Fee: Free
  Limited Seats (Capacity: 50ppl)    First Come First Served
Registration Deadline: 29th November 2022
Organizer: Hyogo Prefectural Government, Hyogo Economic Development Centre
Co-organizer: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Hong Kong
Strategic Partners: Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP),
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Osaka,
The Norinchukin Bank Hong Kong Representative Office
Supported by: Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong,
The Hong Kong Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry


(Subject to change without notice)

13:30-14:00 Registration
14:00-14:05 Opening remarks
YAMATANI Kimio, Director of Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre (HK)
14:05-14:10 Introduction and message from Hyogo (Video)
SAITO Motohiko, Governor of Hyogo
14:10-14:25 Business and Life in HYOGO-Kobe (Online)
Ricky Fong, Director of HKTDC Osaka Office
14:25-14:45 Investing Journey in Japan: Co-Founder of Hong Kong Startup shares
his successful stories working with Japanese companies
Ocean Ng, Co-Founder & COO of Mapxus
14:45-15:05 Innovation to Be Fulfilled as a Railway Company Supporting Japan
HARUNA Ryuji, Senior Director of JR West Innovations
15:05-15:20 Talk to JETRO first – Support for Foreign and Foreign Affiliates in Japan
WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki, Deputy Director General of JETRO Hong Kong
15:20-15:30 The “6 Bests” of doing business in Japan in and via HYOGO-Kobe
FUKUOKA Atsuhito, Deputy Director-General of HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center
15:30-15:45 MOJO’s services support Hong Kong start-ups doing business in Kansai, Japan
YAMAUCHI Takao, VP Business Consulting, Global Digital MOJO KK (Osaka)
15:45-16:00 Q & A
16:00 Closing (followed by Socializing in the Networking Area)


Mr. Ricky Fong, Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Osaka
Mr. Ricky Fong came to Japan in 1996, entered the Kobe University of Commerce (now University of Hyogo) in 1997, completed the Master’s course at the university in 2003, and joined the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in 2003. He had been in charge of various industries such as jewelry (pearls), construction & building materials, design and medical & environmental protection, and has been in his current position since April 2021.
https://www.hktdc.com/ (English)


Mr. Ocean Ng, Co-Founder & COO of Mapxus
Mr. Ocean Ng is the Co-founder and COO of Mapxus, a leading indoor map technology company. He is an experienced IoT Solution Consultant and Entrepreneur, especially in the field of indoor GIS, Positioning Technology, RFID Technology and Application, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mobile Commerce, Automation Control, etc.


Mr. HARUNA Ryuji, Senior Director of JR West Innovations
Mr. Harna Ryuji joined JR West in 1995. Until now, he has worked in the railway vehicle maintenance division, quality assurance, and investment-related medium-to long-term plans. Appointed current position in June 2021
http://www.jrw-inv.co.jp/ (Japanese)


Mr. WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki, Deputy Director General of JETRO Hong Kong
Mr. WAKABAYASHI Toshiaki joined JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) in 2000. He worked in the Cairo office, Overseas Research Department and Invest Japan Department etc. He has been serving as the Deputy Director General of the JETRO Hong Kong since May 2022.


Mr. FUKUOKA Atsuhito, Deputy Director-General of HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center
HYOGO-Kobe Investment Support Center provides various support services for companies planning to set up, develop and expand their businesses in HYOGO-Kobe. Mr. FUKUOKA Atsuhito directed its support services in Tokyo office and in Kobe head office consecutively. He also has many experiences in international programmes at Hyogo Prefectural Government, Foreign Ministry, University of Hyogo, Carnegie Mellon CyLab Japan and APN (an inter-governmental climate change research organization).



VP Business Consulting, Global Digital MOJO KK (Osaka)
Mr. YAMAUCHI Takao was born and grew up in Hyogo pref. He majored in Economics at Hyogo University, Japan. After he joined OMRON Corporation, he worked overseas for more than 15 years in the UK, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Especially, He started a new business and established a new regional headquarters in Hong Kong and South Korea. He managed several subsidiary companies in Japan and overseas as a managing director. He has a lot of networks in Japan and overseas. And when he became the managing director of OMRON Hong Kong ltd., he researched the startups in Hong Kong and Shenzhen and introduced them to Cooperate venture capital in Japan. Since 2022 AUG, he has been in charge of business consulting and new business development at Global Digital MOJO KK in Osaka and has been supporting Hong Kong and Taiwan startups to expand their business to Japan.



Director of Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre (HK)
Mr. YAMATANI Kimio has been serving as the Director of the Hyogo Business & Tourism Centre (HK) since April 2022, a role assigned by the Hyogo Prefectural Government. He was the group leader of the economic exchange group at the international economic development division of the Hyogo Prefectural Government and was formerly the senior deputy director of the Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, Singapore representative office.




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