The Cybertech Tokyo Conference which was held yesterday (Thursday) was attended by thousands. More than 50 companies, including 25 Israeli companies, have taken part in the Conference, held in Japan for the first time. The exhibition held at the same time as the conference included a pavilion of the Israel Export Institute, where 11 Israeli cyber startup companies presented the latest developments and solutions they had developed. The international conference welcomed delegations from some 17 countries, as well as representatives from the US Embassy and the French Embassy to Japan.
Eli Cohen, Israel's Minister of Economy and Industry, who heads the Israeli economy delegation currently visiting Japan, announced at the conference the establishment of an accelerator for Israeli companies in Tokyo. As part of his visit to Japan, Minister Cohen met with his Japanese counterpart, Hiroshige Seko. The two ministers signed an agreement for the establishment of a joint Japanese-Israeli innovation-promoting organization. Among other things, the agreement will promote the establishment of an accelerator for Israeli companies in Tokyo, in cooperation with Japan's leading organizations. The accelerator is intended to focus on cyber, a field in which Israel excels, as evidenced by the number of active companies and the technological capabilities being developed in Israel.
[Photo courtesy Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry]
In his opening address at the conference, Minister Cohen said that "In 2016, about 25% of all global investments in the field of cyber were made in Israeli companies. We invite you to share with us the extensive knowledge and experience we have gained. Israeli companies are ready to tackle any challenge and assist any country."
Minister Cohen said further that "Tightening the diplomatic relations with Japan and the historic visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Israel are beginning to make their mark and we can see that in the recent increase in transactions in commerce and services, too. The meetings held this past year will help us utilize the huge potential vis-à-vis Japan, which is the world's third-largest economy."
As stated, some 25 Israeli companies took part in the exhibition. The Israeli pavilion showcased the following companies: BGProject, CyberX, Cyiot, Cronus Cyber Technologies, Intezer, Ironscales, Karamba Security, Kryon, Nubo Software, ReSec Technologies & SaferVPN.
Other Israeli companies, which participated as exhibitors outside of the Israeli pavilion, included Cybereason, Check Point, CyberArk, Indegy, Votiro, MER, Cobwebs, Cyberbit, SASA, ThinkCyber, See Security and ThetaRay.
Keynote speakers at Cybertech Tokyo included Yasuhiko Taniwaki, Director General for Policy Planning, Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communication; Peter Hallett, Country Manager, Check Point Software Technologies; Tsukasa Iseki, CEO, Representative Director, Intelligent Wav; Yigal Unna, Chief Executive Director of the New Cyber Technologies Unit, Israel National Cyber Directorate; Ari Davies, Director, Deloitte Cyber Risk Services; Takashi Shimada, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japanese Ministry of Economy; Toshio Iwamoto, President and CEO, NTT Data Corporation; Shai Horovitz, CEO, Cybereason Japan Corp; Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yiftach Ron Tal, Chairman, Israel Electric Company; Oren Aspir, CTO, Cyberbit; and many more.