His Excellency Keiichi Hayashi, Japanese Ambassador is in Cardiff as part of a two day visit to Wales.
The First Minister said:
"It is a pleasure to welcome the Ambassador to Wales as the Welsh Government values greatly the longstanding and deep rooted business and cultural links between Wales and Japan.
"Wales is the location for so many successful Japanese companies and we will continue to do all we can to help them grow and prosper, especially in difficult economic times such as these.
"Only last week I officially opened Toyoda Gosei’s new site in south Wales that will eventually employ more than 500 people and I am keen to encourage further investment in Wales by Japanese companies."
The Welsh Government will be leading a trade mission to Japan this coming November. Wales is home to 50 Japanese owned companies employing around 8000 people. Examples include Toyota, Sony, Panasonic and Calsonic Kansei.
The Welsh Government has an office in Tokyo that helps Welsh companies looking to enter the Japanese market or expand their existing business. In March this year they helped a number of Welsh food companies who exhibited at Foodex Tokyo.
Economic ties with Japan are matched by strong social and cultural links. Wales has a Japan Club and Japan has Clwb Hiraeth.