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  • Latest News

    • February 23, 2018 Switzerland judged most de facto globalized country

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – According to the renowned KOF Globalization Index of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland is the most globalized country when looking at de facto globalization. Japan was ranked at #44 in this measurement. Switzerland is the global number 2 after The Netherlands and before Sweden, when de jure and de facto globalization are considered together. Japan is ranked at #36. While the de facto globalization covers the actual cross-border flows and activities, de jure globalization includes activities and policies that favor these flows and activities in principle. Another finding of the KOF is that globalization has started to decrease for the first time since 1975.[more]

    • February 20, 2018 Straumann “extends leadership” in Japan

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In 2017, the Straumann Group from Basel, Switzerland, a global leader in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry, reported its strongest growth since 2007, as revenue climbed more than one fifth in Swiss francs to CHF 1112 million. Fueled by double-digit increases across all businesses, organic growth rose 16 percent, driven by Asia/Pacific (+24 percent) and North America (+19 percent). Its leadership in Japan was extended, the Straumann Group said, posting double-digit growth there as well as in South Korea and Australia. [more]

    • February 16, 2018 Two Swiss designers, 58 Yamanote Line posters

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The two Tokyo-based Swiss designers Julien Mercier and Julien Wulff are about to complete half of their ambitious art project to present two individual posters for each of the 29 Yamanote Line train stations. After starting in July 2016 with Akihabara station on the Eastern side of the JR East ring railroad, they are now already working on posters for Harajuku station. Each art piece is supposed to present the designers’ vision of the neighborhood of one Yamanote station. Accordingly, one-time exhibitions are held in a venue in close vicinity of the station. [more]

    • February 13, 2018 Japan’s insatiable appetite for a Swiss toy

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The children’s toys of the Swiss company cuboro have become so popular in Japan that the products are difficult to obtain in many other parts of the world. The cuboro’s marble track system made of wooden blocks has been well-liked by children and adults for decades. But in Japan, it suddenly turned into a bestseller about one year ago because a sensationally successful teenage shogi player used to build cuboro marble tracks as a child. In 2015, the Swiss company was struggling due to the strong currency of Switzerland. Now, its production cannot keep up with orders.[more]

    • February 09, 2018 Switzerland aims to review Japan trade treaty

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss federal government will propose an update to the eight-year-old Agreement on Free Trade and Economic Partnership with Japan (FTEPA). This request is caused by Swiss concerns that the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) might lead to discrimination of some Swiss exports to Japan. The EU-Japan EPA was concluded in December and may come into force in 2019. Thus, the Swiss government would like to renegotiate some parts of the FTEPA to avoid any such discrimination. But so far, the Japanese government has not shown any interest in improvements of the bilateral trade treaty.[more]

    • February 05, 2018 Final acquittal of Schindler in tragic elevator death

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) – After almost twelve years, Schindler, the Lucerne, Switzerland, based elevator and escalator manufacturer, can finally conclude the case of a fatal elevator accident in Japan once and for all. The Tokyo High Court issued a judgment in the criminal appeal proceedings against a former Schindler Japan employee related to the accident. The judgment reaffirmed the acquittal of the former employee by the court of first instance in 2015. A few months earlier, Schindler Japan had also reached a settlement with the Japanese family of the victim.[more]

    • February 02, 2018 Swiss watch exports rebound in 2017

      Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Growth has returned sooner than expected to Swiss watch industry exports which improved steadily in the course of 2017. This was only partly a result of the depreciation of the Swiss currency during the year because volume grew both in real and nominal terms. Growth in Asian countries, which represent about one-half of Swiss watch exports, was twice as strong as the global average. Demand in China increased, whereas exports to Japan saw a small downturn. “A growing number of markets returned to growth, but several of them are still lagging behind”, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said. But 2018 may see a similar growth trend as 2017, it added.[more]

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