Seminar & Forum Trilateral Business Seminar & Networking Reception 2018, Tokyo Japan 2018.07.03


The TCS organized the 6th Trilateral Business Seminar & Networking Reception on July 3, 2018 in Roppongi academyhills, Tokyo Japan, under the theme of “Public-Private-Private Networking for CJK Cross-country Startup”. The Seminar & Reception was sponsored by the China Chamber of International Commerce, the Keidanren, the Federation of Korean Industries, the SME Support Japan and the SME Business Corporation of the Republic of Korea (ROK).


The TCS has hold this event annually since 2013 to bring together business sectors from the three countries and to share national strategy for promoting trilateral business cooperation in the three countries. This year, the event invited business associations, public sectors, large companies and startups who are interested in sharing information on cross-country startup business among the three countries. About 100 people participated in the event.

In the Opening Session, Mr. LEE Jong-heon, Secretary-General of the TCS expressed three commonalities between the trilateral cooperation and startup: First, they have a great potential in the future. Second, they face internal and external challenges, but can overcome challenges by establishing a concrete business model and strategy. Third, each of the three countries and individual startup can create a huge synergy if they seek for complementary cooperation. He emphasized that a new motivation will be given also to startup sectors in the three countries if a new positive momentum of the trilateral cooperation can be created by establishing the Korean peninsula peace process in the near future.

In the Session 1, speakers from the public sector introduced the national policy for inbound and outbound startup business, and provided suggestions for the further cooperation to stimulate cross-country startup among the three countries. Speakers from CJK startup business sector shared barriers and obstacles to enter to the other markets in the three countries and suggested opinions on the role of public sector to promote cross-country business for startup.

In the Session 2, speakers from large companies and startups shared opinions on co-work between large and startup companies. Speakers suggested to establish a trilateral platform to promote co-work between large and startup companies among the three countries.

In the Seminar, Mr. ZHONG Siyao, the speaker representing China’s startup, highlighted that the government support is crucial to promote cross-border business especially for people who just establish their business. Mr. YAMAMOTO Keiichi, the speaker representing Japan’s startup, expressed the importance of co-work with large companies when the startup wants a speedy process to get official accreditation. Mr. KIM Jeongyun, the speaker representing Korean startup, stressed that the three countries need to set up a platform to promote CJK manufacturing startup since the three countries already have their strength in manufacturing sector.

All participants and event sponsor organizations emphasized that the promotion of entrepreneurship in the three countries should be sustained by establishing a trilateral platform to stimulate cross-country startup cooperation.

After the Seminar, the TCS organized the Trilateral Business Networking Reception, and TCS, CCOIC, Keidanren and FKI delivered toast remarks to encourage cross-country business cooperation among the three countries.