Sun said the event presents a significant opportunity

for the Bay Area to enhance its international reputation and influence because Tokyo Bay – one of th

e world’s top three bay areas – has been closely linked to Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta in business and trade.

In 2017, Japan was Hong Kong’s fourth-largest trading partner, accordi

ng to the SAR’s Trade and Industry Department, and Hong Kong was Japan’s eighth-largest tr

ading partner. Bilateral trade in goods between the two that year amounted to HK$381.9 billion ($48.7 billion).

Registration for the symposium was closed on March 29, because it was fully booked, according to its website.

A similar seminar was held in Paris in June, with Hong Kong, Gu

angdong and Macao jointly promoting Bay Area business opportunities.

Lam, according to the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Office, will mee

t with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

She also plans to meet with business leaders, as well as leaders of innovation and te

chnology-related organizations and institutions, and she will visit eldercare and medical facilities.