Reformation and appetite for investments is what characterizes Japan after the earthquake in 2011. The Japanese have great purchasing power, and looking for new solutions and new technologies . This is an ideal market for innovative Norwegian companies. Contact us, and we take a chat about the opportunities that exist in the world's third largest economy.
Hiroko Tominaga joined the organization in 2001, and has been assisting Norwegian companies/organizations across industry sectors with market research, partner search, visit assistance, and networking events. She has a broad intercultural and international experience from her previous works in US and in Japan and is an expert in assisting Norwegian and Japanese companies to establish a cooperative relationship. She is working closely with green initiatives such as hydrogen, ammonia and CCS, as well as health/welfare sectors. Hiroko is fluent in Japanese and in English.
Keisuke Nakayama is our marine sector expert. For more than 20 years he has served Norwegian companies working on seafood and fishery related projects. He also contributes to the marine area of the science and technology agreement between Norway and Japan.
Yoji Ishihara has been working for the Norwegian industry since 1989, assisting leading Norwegian technology companies identifying, directing and coordinating business opportunities. He has in-depth knowledge about the ICT and new media sector and also have a good experience and network within the energy and environment sector. He holds a master in Engineering from Kyoto University. Ishihara has proven experience in bridging the culture gap between Norway and Japan. He speaks fluent Japanese and English.
Svein Grandum has more than 20 years of experience from Asia; as a scientist and as a representative for a major Norwegian company. He has served as counsellor for science, technology and education in Japan for over 15 years. He has a Master degree from Norwegian Institute of Technology in energy technology and a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan within materials science. In addition to his roles in Innovation Norway, he has worked within the solar industry, both in Norway and in Asia.
Michal Louis Berg is our senior market advisor in Tokyo. He represents Invest in Norway and works to attract Japanese investments to Norway while promoting partnerships between Norwegian and Japanese companies. With over 10 years of experience supporting Norwegian businesses in Japan, Michal has extensive knowledge of the local market. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Exports Marketing from Ålesund University College in Norway and has studied Japanese at Sophia University. Michal is fluent in Norwegian, Japanese, and English.
Marianne Støren Berg serves as a counsellor for science, technology, and higher education in Japan. With 25 years of experience in research, innovation, and fostering partnerships across academia, public, and commercial sectors, Marianne promotes Norwegian science, technology cooperation, and business relations with Japanese partners. Her expertise spans industries such as maritime, digital health, and telecommunications. She holds a PhD in innovation processes from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Master's degree in mechanical engineering.
Yuko Yasuda has her background from the ICT sector with more than 10 years of experience at Japanese companies as a software engineer and a marketing specialist for ICT-related products. She has worked with Japanese, as well as Asian and European businesses. She has broad competence in project management, e-commerce platforms, data analysis and digital marketing. Yuko has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Studies from Osaka University with a major of Swedish language and Swedish literature.
Marie Nagakura is handling organizational matters related to business events, meetings, seminars and networking receptions. She has worked in both larger Japanese companies and start-ups and is supporting the Tokyo team in projects for Norwegian companies. Marie is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Masanori Momose is a Sr. Market Advisor currently focusing on Renewable Energy, mostly Offshore Wind Power Gen Projects currently boosted in Japan and other innovative field like CCUS and Energy Transformation. He has long worked for largest Japanese Trading House in Oil & Gas, Power Gen., and Infrastructure industry in Japan and overseas and then worked for an Offshore Wind Power Project Development company in Tokyo. He has stationed in India (New Delhi), Turkey (Istanbul) and Middle East (Dubai & Iraq) during the days of Trading House to have developed various projects together with stakeholders. He speaks English and Japanese.
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