Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Silicon Valley in April 2015 was both symbolic and substantive as it ushered in a new era of partnership between his country and California’s center of innovation. During the visit, Abe unveiled his new initiative called “Bridge of Innovation Between Silicon Valley and Japan,” which has sparked eagerness among Japanese companies to adopt Silicon Valley’s ways of modernization and digitization. The initiative eventually led to the creation of several incubators and accelerators, as well as further collaborations in the fields of technology and research.
Now with more than 900 Japanese-affiliated companies in the Bay Area alone, Northern California has once again proven itself to be the hothouse for collaboration and innovation between U.S. and Japanese business.
GMI Post returns to Northern California following the success of its last special business report back in 2014. This planned report will identify organizations across the Bay Area that want closer ties with Japan across various industries, such as technology, financial services, retail, manufacturing and agriculture.
To commemorate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the first official Japanese delegation in San Francisco, the Northern California 2020 report will provide a platform for local and Japanese organizations to send a strong message of commitment and openness back to Japan.