Delegates flock to Invest in Denmark Life Sciences conference in Japan  

The Life Sciences conference held during the current royal visit, attracted more than twice as many participants as expected

In connection with the current state and export promotion visit to Japan, headed by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, Invest in Denmark and Copenhagen Capacity jointly held a Life Science conference yesterday at Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. According to the head of the Danish Trade Council, Ambassador Birger Riis-Jørgensen, more than twice as many participants as expected attended the conference that was opened by Prince Henrik. The interest was focused on Danish biotechnology in particular.


Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik also participated in a lunch given by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce with more than 500 Japanese and Danish business delegates, the majority of whom were Japanese. Birger Riis-Jørgensen says Danish companies had the opportunity to give their Japanese customers and collaboration partners the special treat of attending an event in the presence of the Danish Royal Couple, the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The news is reported by national newspaper Berlingske Tidende.


Japan is Denmark's 10th largest export market. In 2004, total exports are expected to amount to DKK 15 bn (USD 2.6 bn), almost double what it was 10 years ago. Denmark is the only EU country which has a surplus on the trade balance with Japan, partly due to the large exports of pork which are forecast to reach DKK 6.5 bn (USD 1.1 bn) in 2004.

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