H.E. Ambassador Satoshi Suzuki of Japan arrived in Rome in November, following overseas assignments in South Korea, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Austria, and India. The veteran diplomat got his bachelor’s degree in foreign studies from University of Tokyo and his master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Suzuki spoke to GMI POST about the importance of Japan’s relationship with Italy and how the two countries can increase collaboration in different fields and industries.
On the relationship between Japan and Italy:
“The Japan-EU economic partnership agreement, which came into force in February 2019, has created a huge economic zone that comprises more than 600 million people and accounts for around 30% of the world’s GDP. It has contributed to the economic growth of both countries by stimulating trade and investment, creating jobs and strengthening the competitiveness of companies.”
On Japanese companies investing in Italy:
“As COVID infections decrease, new business opportunities are expected to be created, including investment and personnel exchange, in addition to wider bilateral trade.
“Like Japan, Italy is a renowned monozukuri (manufacturing) country that possesses superior technology and high quality, making it an attractive investment destination for Japanese companies. I believe that there will be opportunities for companies from both countries, particularly in the IT/digital, green, and health care industries, to work together by leveraging their strengths and expanding investment in the future. In addition, at the IJBG (Italy-Japan Business Group) meeting held in Venice last December, ICE (Italian Trade Agency) and JETRO agreed to cooperate in supporting the start-up companies from their countries.”
His message to the readers of The Japan Times:
“Italy is an important strategic partner for Japan because we share the same fundamental values. Cooperation between Italy and Japan is crucial not only bilaterally, but also for the resolution of various challenges facing the international community, including the response to Russia’s aggression of Ukraine. I sincerely hope that we continue to further deepen the already solid bond between Italy and Japan over 150 years through all possible occasions.”