Digital Cluster/SME Mission

March 12 2024 -> March 15 2024

Join our Digital mission during the Smart Manufacturing Summit 2024 in Aichi prefecture, the industrial capital of Japan!


Through this 4-day mission, you will have the opportunity to:

  • promote your technology at a new event dedicated to Japanese & European innovations for Industry 5.0, targeting smart manufacturing and smart mobility meet potential business partners
  • create new business opportunities
  • develop partnerships and business cooperation in global markets
  • attend match-making events
  • increase your innovation capacity and become more competitive on a global scale (as an SME)
  • prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation on markets outside Europe in areas of strategic interest (as a cluster)

For more info about Smart Manufacturing Summit 2024: 


Clusters (*) and SMEs (**) from European Union and COSME partnering countries (***).


We are looking for EU SMEs specialized in digital technologies (i.e. technologies encompassing digital devices, systems, and resources that help create, store, and process data) interested in doing business with Japan, in particular with applications in smart manufacturing and smart mobility.


The candidate must:

- work for an organization that is a juridical person based in:

  • the European Union, or
  • a SMP COSME partnering country(***), or
  • Ukraine

- be supported by his/her employer
- be able to participate in the entire programme
- have a good command of English
- have proven experience in the industry


The main criteria for selection are:

  • strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan ;
  • innovative aspects of the product/technology/service offered by the company.
  • the professional & educational background of the candidate

In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in this mission is limited.


The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission (i.e. exhibition booth at the fair, printing service to give participants more visibility, interpretation at the fair...)

The participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other living costs.

NB: Selected participants will be requested pay a 100% refundable deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the mission. Failure to transfer the deposit by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn. The deposit will be refunded within 8 weeks after the mission only if the participant submit the mission report the Centre asks him/her to make.

On top of this refunding, participants will also benefit from a €600 grant. However, absences during the mission may lead to deductions amounting to 120 EUR/day.

(*): Clusters are those who are registered in the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (
Registration on that platform is free of charge.

(**): SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are companies meeting the standard European Commission criteria for an SME
Other companies are not eligible.

(***)  Please check the status of your country at, Please only refer to the sub-paragraph: "COSME strand (SMP COSME)".

SMP-COSME: Stands for “Countries Participating in the COSME strand of the Single Market Programme". The Single Market Programme is the Commission programme that funds the EU-Japan Centre.



Looking for information about the digital sector in Japan?

Visit the dedicated pages in our EU Business in Japan related content:

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