DEADLINE EXTENDED: EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation – APPLY NOW!

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5 Regions from different Member States of the EU and 5 Prefectures from Japan will soon be selected to exchange best practices and knowledge to improve and to internationalise their respective regional innovation strategies while promoting international value chains.

The EU-Japan Region-to-Region Innovation Cooperation is a project of the European Union managed by the Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission, and implemented in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Its overall aim is to contribute to sustainable urban development and innovation cooperation between the EU and Japan in line with the external dimension of “Europe 2020.” The project will be implemented until November 2023.

Learn more about the programme through this leaflet!

Selected EU regions and Japanese prefectures will be divided into two groups according to their topics of interest. For each group, there will be study visits of EU regions to Japan and Japanese prefectures to the EU, in which senior officials and experts from each region / prefecture will participate.

Apply here!

Regional authorities from the different European States and from Japan are invited to apply. It is desirable that the participants have a working level of English. English-Japanese interpretation will be provided for the main activities. If you are representing an EU region interested in participating in the project, please fill the above online questionnaire and submit your candidature before 07/06/2022. If you represent a Japanese prefecture, please contact the IURC Japan Helpdesk: or visit this page for more information and for any questions in Japanese.

By Ivana Rae Almora