About 150 Japanese businesspeople have expressed interest in investing in New Taipei City (新北市), a city official said yesterday, as a delegation led by New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) continued its trade mission to Japan.
The delegation hosted an investment conference in Tokyo yesterday seeking investors for a large-scale shopping outlet project set to open in the New Taipei City’s Linkou District (林口), Chu said.
Executives from Mitsubishi Corp, Sumitomo Corp and Mizuho Bank were among the firms that attended the conference.
More than 15 development projects and four free-trade zones or software technology parks in New Taipei City are expected to be completed within two years, Chu said.
Later in the day, Chu visited Yokohama and met with Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi. The two agreed to explore cooperation opportunities in education, the environment, transportation and industrial development.
The delegation is scheduled to return home today.
Meanwhile, Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), along with Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen (蘇治芬) and Chiayi County Commissioner Helen Chang (張花冠), are scheduled to leave for Japan tomorrow for a week-long visit to promote agricultural products from southern Taiwan.
The trio will show off their culinary skills using agricultural products from Kaohsiung, Chiayi and Yunlin at the opening of the Japan Food Service and Equipment Exhibition tomorrow.
Chen and her group will also look at Tokyo’s irrigation and water resources facilities and visit Hachioji, Tokyo, which is a sister city of Kaohsiung.
The group will then go to Osaka, where they will meet with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.