On October 28, Embassy of Japan in Estonia held a reception at the Ambassador’s residence for the purpose of inviting Estonia to participate in the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, as well as to build momentum in Estonia for the exposition.
Considering the current situation of COVID-19 in Estonia, thorough measures were taken at the reception to minimize the risk of infection. The number of participants were limited only to major stakeholders, the presentation of COVID-19 certificate were required at the reception desk, secured hand disinfection of participants by installing disinfectant solution, used multiple rooms in the residence to avoid overcrowding, and avoided usage of common tongs by serving canapés.
MP Mr. Kaido Höövelson (former Sumo wrestler Baruto, Chairman of the Estonia-Japan Parliamentary Group), Ms. Sille Kraam (Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications), and Mr. Peeter Raudsepp (Chairman of the board of Enterprise Estonia), as well as participants from related ministries and organizations attended the reception. In addition to exchanging opinions on the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, the participants also discussed ways to promote business between Estonia and Japan. Also, a PR video for the Expo was played, posters for the Expo were exhibited, and badges commemorating the Expo were distributed to participants.
In addition, Enterprise Estonia, which has been contributing to the promotion of business relations and is expected to make further contributions in the future, especially by taking advantage of the EXPO, was awarded “Ambassador’s Commendation”.
Moreover, we took advantage of this opportunity to offer Japanese sake (including those produced in Fukushima Prefecture) to promote its appeal, and to promote understanding on their appeal and safety by playing a video featuring Fukushima Prefecture's agricultural products.
The reception was a great success, with participants enthusiastically discussing and exchanging various opinions.