Greetings were given by Dr. Philipp Nimmermann, State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Economics, the Japanese Consul General Shinichi Asazuma, Ulrich Caspar, President of the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chairman of the Association's Board of Directors Katsuya Goto, who is the head of ANA Airline in his main job. The surprise guest of the evening was the Japanese national player Makoto Hasebe from Eintracht Frankfurt. The reception was organised by FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region (FRM GmbH) in cooperation with Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI).
Dr Philipp Nimmermann, State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Transport and Housing: "We are very proud to be able to celebrate this special anniversary together with Hojinkai. However, Japanese companies are not only at home in Frankfurt, but throughout Hessen. They have been an active part of our location for many years and provide economic dynamism, prosperity and secure jobs."
Eric Menges, President & CEO of FRM GmbH: "Footballers like Makoto Hasebe contribute to the sporting success of our region and numerous Japanese companies have been an important part of Frankfurt RheinMain as a business location for many years. More than 250 Japanese companies, including firms such as Canon, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Panasonic, have a branch here and employ around 10,000 people - many of them also in production, research and development on site in Frankfurt RheinMain. For the more than 4,500 Japanese citizens living here, there is an excellent infrastructure with Japanese schools, kindergartens, doctors and the "Hojinkai" business association, which has been an active and essential part of Frankfurt RheinMain as a business location for 50 years after all."
Hojinkai, the Association of Japanese Companies Frankfurt, was founded in 1971 and has been registered as an association under German law since 1995. Around 170 members of Hojinkai are representatives of Japanese companies, plus a few private members and German institutions with a connection to Japan, such as FRM GmbH. Prominent member companies are Bridgestone, Brother, Canon, Falken Tyre, Fujitsu Electronics, Hitachi, Honda, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mizuho Bank, Nikon, Nintendo, Nomura, Panasonic, SMBC Bank, Sumitomo or Suzuki. Japanese companies can be found throughout the region.
From Japan to Frankfurt RheinMain
Excellent connections to customers and suppliers all over the world, Japanese-speaking lawyers, business consultants and bankers on site as well as Japanese supermarkets, restaurants, doctors and schools - these are factors with which the business location Frankfurt RheinMain has been scoring points with Japanese investors for years. In addition to the advantages of an international business region, Frankfurt RheinMain also offers a piece of home. Japanese influence is noticeable economically, architecturally and culturally - for example through the Japan Tower or the "Nippon Connection" film festival. The reasons for the commitment of Japanese entrepreneurs are clear. Thanks to its central location, the region is a European transport and internet hub. Japanese companies use Frankfurt Airport to service their Europe-wide corporate branches from here. In the wake of Brexit, many of the Japanese banks have also decided to relocate their European headquarters to Frankfurt. This has once again put the FrankfurtRheinMain region in the focus of Japanese companies.