European office

About us

WOKobe is the official representative of Kobe city and contact point in Europe.

We are a non-profit organization. We encourage cross-border partnerships between Europe and Kobe city. Our goal is to inspire companies, from start-ups to corporations, to think big. We support them in finding new business activities and help making informed decisions about their step forward – towards Kobe. Diversity in businesses and industries makes up Kobe’s charm.

What we do

Rapid developments in the economic climate have led to an increased awareness of globalisation and innovation. The COVID-19 outbreak is characterised by unpredictable and uncontrollable demands that required us to react speedy and team up internationally. We want to gather entrepreneurs, companies, stakeholders and interested groups around one table to seek solutions to the challenges of our time. We believe that intensive cross-border cooperation can foster innovation and strengthen the international markets to facilitate the development of cutting-edge technologies and social, political, and economic change. We emphasize on the need to work together to improve our lives around the world.

  • Cross-border Partnerships and
    Business Matchaing
    Our main activity is “Minori”, a series of online networking and information events including small-scale business matching opportunities. We want to introduce European startups and corporations to counterparts and potential business partners in Kobe and facilitate expanding.
  • Collaborations and joint Activities
    Together with our partners in Germany and abroad we organize regular corporate events. Our previous collaborations with the International Startup Campus middle Germany (university alliance Leipzig, Halle, Jena), Japamburg/NIHHON, AsiaBerlin and the international Chamber of Commerce show our endeavor and versatile action fields.
  • Mediation and Bridgebuilding
    Due to daily contact with the staff of Kobe city hall and our network in the city, we can refer you to suitable contact persons, subordinate institutions and partners. We are available throughout the entire process – from exploring your options to settling down in Kobe.


Our vision is to build a thriving economic ecosystem in Kobe by fostering collaboration and business ties between Europe and Kobe. Expediting internationally shared efforts to achieve great results is what we stand for. We believe that bundling expertise will encourage innovation and business development for a globalised world worthwhile living in.


We aim to encourage companies to consider Kobe as a business location by highlighting chances and challenges for both business and private life. With individualised solutions and regular contact, you will find the right solution for your business.
Network and collaboration
Our network consists of partners inside and outside of Kobe. We are the bridge between Europe and Kobe as we connect governing bodies, Kobe residing companies and foreign affiliates.
Advisory and support
Familiarize yourself with opportunities in Kobe – subsidies, acceleration programmes, investment and financial support, housing and accommodation, visa. Prepare your next steps with us!


Minori 4 secret to success - ecology movement

We would like to invite you to Minori 4 on 28 September 2022 9:00 am CET. Three reputable and successful enterprises showcase their strategy.

  • 1. *Pasona Agri-Partners Inc*. is currently building a resort on_Kobe’s neighbouring island Awaji with a holistic sustainable concept where you can learn about maintainable agriculture in workshops - to allow harmony with mankind and nature.
  • 2. *ASICS Corporation, *the worldwide famous sporting goods manufacturer, offers running shoes made from more than 90% recycled polyester*.*
  • 3. *Hans Weber Maschinenfabrik GmbH,*the German machinery and plant manufacturer in Kronach, uses natural fibers and leftover printing materials for the additive manufacturing process.

Allow yourself to be amazed by how they all focused on ecology and sustainability from their early days and consistently put their ideas into practice.

They demonstrate that nature and technique are not opposing. Quite the opposite, through creative ideas it is perfectly combinable and can be successfully applied in the market.

We are looking forward to your participation.


Our Team

Akiko Takahashi

Project Lead

Julia Häfner

Executive Assistance & Innovation Adviceäfner

Christian Ploetz

Project Support


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