In December 2013, Governor Deval Patrick led a coalition with Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore to strengthen the state's partnership and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and this region for economic development and job creation in the cleantech, innovation, life sciences, financial services and transportation sectors.

From December 7-17, the Innovation Economy Mission made stops in Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong, where the Governor and members of the delegation visited companies in the innovation sector, spoke with various business organizations and associations, and met with top business and government leaders to highlight all that Massachusetts has to offer. These visits and meetings focused on expanding opportunities for job creation in the life sciences, IT, water technology, clean energy and transportation sectors and solidifying the growing connection between Massachusetts, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

“In order for Massachusetts to create lasting growth and opportunity for our residents, we must compete for jobs on the global playing field,” said Governor Patrick. “This mission offers us a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our relationships with Asia’s fastest growing economies.” 

During the course of the mission, the Governor and delegation members met with top Asian government officials and business leaders, as well as their American counterparts. The Governor also participated in a series of sessions focused on the Commonwealth’s innovation economy sectors, as well as the financial services and entrepreneurship sectors. Governor Patrick also visited with top transportation leaders in Japan and throughout Asia to learn more about new global technologies being pursued in transportation and how some of those technologies may be applied in Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative also met with Japanese industry and policy leaders in health information technology in Tokyo to discuss collaborations and partnerships between the emerging health IT industry sectors in each region and public policies spurring health technology adoption in each region. The Governor and members of the delegation visited the Future Urban Mobility Project in Singapore, a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which develops innovative pilot projects using big data analytics to address urban transportation challenges.

Trip Highlights

EnerNOC and Marubeni Clean Energy Announcement
  • Governor Patrick Announces Global Partnership Between Massachusetts’ Desalitech and Japan’s Toyo Enginerring Corporation

    TOKYO - Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today joined representatives from Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation and Massachusetts-based Desalitech in Tokyo to announce a global partnership that will introduce environmentally responsible and highly economical water and wastewater treatment solutions to Japanese, East Asian and international markets, and keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the global water innovation economy. The announcement was part of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts - Asia Innovation Partnership Mission, aimed at strengthening the Commonwealth's relationships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore in order to create growth and opportunity throughout Massachusetts.
Water Innovation Sector Announcement
  • Governor Patrick Meets With Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

    TOKYO - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today met with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to discuss the potential for continued collaboration between Massachusetts and Japan and new ways to strengthen the economic and cultural relationship between the two entities. Governor Patrick was joined in the meeting by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
  • Governor Patrick Promotes the Commonwealth’s Growing Financial Services Industry With Sector Leaders in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG - Monday, December 16, 2013 – As part of his Massachusetts-Asia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Deval Patrick on Friday met with top officials and business leaders in Hong Kong to discuss ways to strengthen the connection between the Massachusetts and Hong Kong financial services sectors. The financial services roundtable, hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, included representatives from the Commonwealth’s delegation, Natixis Global Asset Management and State Street Corporation.
  • Governor Patrick Meets With Leaders of the Singapore Innovation Economy

    SINGAPORE - Monday, December 16, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today met with several leaders of Singapore's innovation economy to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Singapore in the areas of Big Data, transportation, cleantech, life sciences and information technology, among other sectors. The Commonwealth is a leader in several key innovation economy sectors and today’s events presented another opportunity for the Governor and members of the delegation to collaborate with leaders in Singapore to cultivate and grow these industries, as well as promote all Massachusetts has to offer for companies and nations looking to expand these industries.