Newly-launched urban and regional cooperation between Essen in Germany, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole in France, Toyota and Koriyama


    2022-02-01 09:00 - 10:10

    2022-02-1 17:00 - 18:10


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Essen in Germany, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole in France, Toyota and Koriyama were approved as cluster cites in the International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Programme 2021-2023 organised by the European Union (EU). In commemoration of this newly-launched urban and regional cooperation, a kick-off event and business seminar in the planned cooperation fields including “Hydrogen” and “Open Innovation” are held online with the presence of the German and French embassies in Japan.



Kickoff Event 9:00-9:20 (CET) / 17:00-17:20 (JST)

Opening & Speech

  • Masato Shinagawa, Mayor of Koriyama City
  • Mr. Toshihiko Ota, Mayor of Toyota City
  • Mr. Thomas Kufen, Lord Mayor of Essen City
  • Mr. Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (GAM)

Speech of Honored Guest

  • Ms. Susanne Welter, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tokyo
  • Mr. Rémy Cardinet, Counsellor, Embassy of the French Republic, Tokyo

Business Seminar 9:20-10:10 (CET) / 17:20-18:10 (JST)

  • Yohei Watanabe, Chief, Business Creation Division, Koriyama City
  • Mr. Go Theisen, Project Director for International Business, Essen Economic Development Agency (EWG)
  • Mr. Gabriel Voisin-Fradin, Project Manager for International Economic Relations, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (GAM)
  • Mr. Yusuke Kitagawa, Head, Next Generation Industry Division, Toyota City
  • Dr. Hirohide Furutani, Director, Fukushima Renewable Energy Research Center, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA)
  • Mr. Yasuhiro Hattori, Director, Energy. Agency Fukushima


Organized by: City of Koriyama

Co-organized by: City of Essen, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole (GAM) and City of Toyota

Supported by: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and French Embassy in Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture