“Japan also agreed to make a new agreement with EU – Economic Partnership Agreement. Armenia and Japan could have better economic relations in future through EU. Armenia is the only country in the world to have both access to Eurasian Economic Union and signed agreement with EU. It is the privilege that will attract foreign companies including Japanese companies to put some producing area in the Armenian territory,” the Ambassador said.
During the press conference on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Armenian-Japanese diplomatic relations, Eiji Taguchisaid that there are many areas interesting for Japan to cooperate with Armenia.
Armenia-Japan Economic Relations
As it is known, mainly cars, electrical equipments, heavy machinery are imported from Japan to Armenia.
“I think there are possibilities to export more such as electronic parts and medical equipments from Japan to Armenia. It will be of interest to the Armenian market,” Taguchi said.
What concerns the exports from Armenia to Japan, the Ambassador says that Japan will be interested in wine, honey and dried fruit.
“Every year, we organize Food Expo in Japan. Next March 2018, some of the Armenian producers of wine, cognac and dried fruits will participate in this expo. It will be a good opportunity for the Armenian companies to export more to Japan,” the Ambassador said.
Armenian brandy “Ararat” is very famous in Japan from the Soviet period.
“Armenian wine is very rapidly developing in Japan but so far the Japanese people think Georgian wine is better than the Armenian wine,” the Ambassador mentioned.
IT, tourism and agriculture: these are the fields that will be interesting for the Japanese investors in Armenia.
“This year both governments of Armenia and Japan agreed to conclude a mutual investment agreement. This will promote the amount of investments from Japan. This is a guidance or regulation for the future investments about the rights and duties of both countries,” the Ambassador said.
Armenia-Japan Cultural Ties
Japanese Embassy is trying to organise as many cultural events in Armenia as possible and holds film festival every year. The 12 festival was held this year.
“Besides the film festivals, we held other cultural events such as Budo festival, Japanese folk art exhibition, two concerts of Japanese national music. We will continue the cultural events for promoting the mutual understanding between the two nations,” the Ambassador added.
In order to attract more tourists from Japan Armenia should pay attention to some important points.
“They are good roads, good hotels and good service and also interpreters who know Japanese. The average age of the Japanese tourist is 60 nowadays and infrastructural tourism is very importan for them. They want to have good roads, big buses, good hotels and interpreters and if Armenia improves these things, more Japanese tourists will come,” Taguchi said.
At the end of the press conference, the Ambassador mentioned that on September 6, the Armenian Government gave us the previlige of elimination the visa regime for the Japanese people and the Japanese Government simplified the visa procedure for the Armenian citizens.
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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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