Agency Japan Alsace
A „Hotel for Japanese Companies“
In the 1980s, thanks to an initiative of André Klein and the support of Alsace's local authorities, Alsace and Japan intensified their economic relations. Alsace was one of the first French regions to create a representative office in Japan, in Tokyo and Nagoya. After the establishment of Sony Alsace and the Japanese school Lycée Seijô d'Alsace in 1986, many large companies came to settle in our region. At present they number 24.
This development of economic exchanges justified the creation of a special structure for to promote the Alsace-Japan relationship: the Centre Européen d' Etudes Japonaises d' Alsace (CEEJA), established in 2001. In 2016 its economic activities were merged and strengthened under the new name of Agence Japon Alsace (AJA). The AJA receives financial support by the Region Grand Est, the Pôle métropolitain (Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar), and the Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Kaysersberg.
In order to support the international development of Japanese SMEs, a “Hotel” for companies was created in 2015, entirely dedicated to Japanese companies, with offices and support in Japanese. In this “Hotel for Japanese Companies” the only one of its kind in Europe, several small and medium-sized businesses have already been set up.