Japan plans to substantially increase its defence budget. There are ambitions to even double the budget and most of the increase is intended for defence equipment as well as for research and development. Foreign-made defence equipment is expected to be introduced to the Japanese defence market in a larger scale.
Japan promotes cooperation in defence equipment and technology with other countries in order to contribute to the national security of Japan, and the promotion of peace and international cooperation. One of the aims for cooperation is to maintain and enhance the Japanese defence production and technological base. The Japanese defence industry has started to look for international partners rather recently and there is an interest towards Finnish innovations and solutions.
To further boost its defence capability, Japan is also looking into game-changing technologies. Achieving the vision of a multi-domain defence force requires active development also in the space domain. This requires the involvement of the rapidly progressing commercial space sector, in developing dual-use technologies, and offers opportunities for international co-operation.
The Team Finland network together with the Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries (AFDA) is organizing a Business Delegation visit to Tokyo on 25 - 27 October, 2022. Participating in the Team Finland visit will give an unique opportunity to meet relevant Japanese companies and officials. The visit is led by Mr. Antti Kaikkonen, Minister of Defence.
The visit is aimed for Finnish companies already present in Japan, those actively pursuing Japan as strategic market or partner, and those representing Finnish flagship solutions and technologies in defense, aerospace and security industries.
Finnish companies engaged in space technologies in areas such as: situational awareness, satellite constellations and technologies, sensors, sensor fusion, AI and big data analytics, critical communication.
To cover the expenses of arranging the business delegation program, Business Finland will charge a participation fee.
Business Finland will invoice the participation fee after the visit based on the actual costs. The invoiced fee will not exceed the amounts mentioned above. Kindly note that the participation fee does not include flights or accommodation of the delegate nor meals outside the delegation program.
We are closely following the Covid-19 travel restrictions and upcoming changes related to them. The business delegation may be postponed if restrictions are tightened in Japan. Kindly note that all delegates are required to have proof of three vaccinations to be able to take part in the visit program.