Japan and Korea (Visit)
§ 21. Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what matters were discussed on his recent visit to Japan and Korea.
§ Mr. David Hunt
I led an inward investment mission to Japan from 13 to 21 November accompanied by the chairman of the Welsh Development Agency.36W
During my visit I was delighted to be able to announce major new projects in Wales by Yuasa Battery and Gooding Sanken. I also had high-level discussions with other major Japanese companies and I am confident that further investment by Japanese companies will follow and enhance the excellent relationship between Wales and Japan.
I had meetings with senior representatives of the Japanese Government. I also addressed a seminar in Hiroshima organised by the Invest in Britain Bureau.
While in Tokyo I acted as host for a number of senior Japanese business people attending the final performance of the Welsh National Opera. I attended a meeting of the business leaders forum hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales.
I also visited the Oita prefecture of Japan where I discussed ways of developing the close links between Wales and Oita with Governor Hiramatsu.
I very much regret that parliamentary business obliged me to return before conducting my planned engagements in Korea.