Tak Adachi

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Japan, Tak Adachi

How is the festive season celebrated in Japan?
Christmas is still not widely seen as a religious holiday in Japan but more as a time to get together with friends, family and partners. Christmas lights and illuminations are all over Japan and the Japanese love to go and see these in the period leading up to Christmas.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Japan in 2019?
There were many. To name a few – successful missions involving the Premier and Minister Cameron Dick, 2 successful education missions with Study Gold Coast and Study Queensland, and supporting Team Queensland to attract a direct Virgin Australian flight between Haneda Airport and Brisbane. The Rugby World Cup saw a record number of Queensland clients visiting our market, and we also contributed to the first exports of green hydrogen from Queensland to Japan.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
TIQ Japan’s goal in 2020 is to become a ‘high impact’ team (like the Japanese rugby team). Watch out for our performance next year!

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
From all of us here in Tokyo, we wish you a happy holiday season and all the best for the coming year. Thank you for working with us over the past year, contact TIQ Japan if we can be of any help – and book your Tokyo accommodation early for 2020!