By Harry Tamrazian in Prague
The governments of Japan and Armenia held a one-day conference in Tokyo on Thursday on ways of promoting bilateral economic ties which are currently on a low scale.
An official Armenian delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and Minister of Trade and Industry Karen Chshmaritian. The Japanese side was represented by Toshimitsu Mori, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Shuya Tase, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The conference took place on the sidelines of the ongoing exhibition in the Japanese capital of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian products. A senior official from JETRO, a government agency that promotes oversees Japanese investments, said over 1200 Japanese business people have already visited the exhibition to consider the possibility of establishing commercial links with regional companies.
“This is the first opportunity for Japan to learn from the first hand about the business opportunities in South Caucasus, to taste the wine and to see the prodcuts,” the official told RFE/RL on the line from Tokyo. “Japanese companies are always looking for new opportunities and they are interested in investing in South Caucasus.”