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  • March 22, 2018 Tokyo and Osaka less expensive for Swiss expats

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The cost of living in Japan’s two largest metropolises has come down, at least comparatively. The Japanese capital is not even in the Top Ten of the latest biannual Worldwide Cost of Living Report produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit anymore. Thus, in comparison to other countries, life in Japan has become more affordable for expatriates from Switzerland. At the same time, the two Swiss cities Geneva and Zurich have risen in the new ranking. But this may be misleading because the ranking is the result of a comparison.[more]

  • March 20, 2018 Switzerland and Japan could do more for women

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In an annual assessment of where women have the best and worst chances of equal treatment at work in countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the disparity between countries in terms of workplace gender equality remains wide. According to The Economist’s 2018 glass-ceiling index (GCI), Switzerland and Japan are among the four worst countries in this regard. Contrastingly, the Nordic countries continue to do well with Sweden taking over from Iceland as the best place to be a working woman. The term “glass ceiling” refers to the fact that there is an invisible barrier for women to rise to the same workplace level as men.[more]

  • March 16, 2018 Swiss support for Japanese anti-influenza drug

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - A single tablet that makes influenza not contagious anymore within 24 hours: This dream of doctors and patients is about to be fulfilled by the Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer Shionogi headquartered in Osaka. The Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare has already approved the drug called Xofluza. It will be launched as soon as Japan’s National Health Insurance has fixed the sales price, presumably by May. Development and commercialization of Xofluza are in collaboration with F. Hoffmann-La Roche from Switzerland.[more]

  • March 12, 2018 Forum about deeper Switzerland-Japan partnership

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – A Switzerland-Japan Economic Forum with more than 180 participants has been held in Tokyo on the joint initiative of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ) and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) from Lausanne, Switzerland. The conference at the Imperial Hotel titled “Japan + Switzerland: Partners for global competitiveness, innovation and a healthier future” focused on the topics of competitiveness through innovation and business opportunities of aging societies.[more]

  • March 09, 2018 Swiss-Japanese science cooperation strengthened

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Switzerland and Japan will further intensify their scientific and technological exchanges. This is the result of the fourth meeting of the joint committee for cooperation in these areas between the two countries. The committee is comprised of Swiss and Japanese delegates from funding agencies and educational research institutions. Their meeting culminated in a Memorandum of Cooperation signed by Swiss National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency. They intend to further extend and facilitate direct collaborative efforts in these areas.[more]

  • March 05, 2018 President at AGM: SCCIJ “in very good shape”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - At the 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM), President Mr. Michael Mroczek has highlighted the “impressive number” of close to 200 members and the “nice financial situation” of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. “The chamber is in very good shape”, Mr. Mroczek, SCCIJ President since early 2015, said. Also, Mr. Luca Sergio Orduña was elected to the Executive Committee as the successor of Mr. Fabien Clerc who resigned from the board due to the integration of his employer Switzerland Tourism into the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. Mr. Mark Torii took over his position of Vice President Kanto. Four existing board members were confirmed in their positions. [more]

  • March 01, 2018 Luncheon: Star architect Kuma about “natural” buildings

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – At a luncheon jointly organized by SCCIJ and the Swiss-Japan Society attended by almost 70 guests, Japanese star architect Kengo Kuma explained his philosophy of “natural” buildings with a slide show of his own creative works. The title of the lecture “Natural Architecture” was derived from two volumes of essays published by the Architectural Association some years ago. The two adjectives “natural” and “small” are seen as essential in both a real and metaphoric sense to describe Mr. Kengo Kuma’s approach to design. But “natural” does not always mean materials or landscape. Rather, it is a statement of objection to the modern architecture dominated by concrete throughout the 20th century, which severed ties between human beings and their locations.[more]

  • February 27, 2018 Winter Olympics 2026: Switzerland vs. Japan?

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – After the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in South Korea, the sports world may see a battle of Switzerland versus Japan over the hosting of the Winter Olympics in 2026. Two of the four candidate cities may be Sion in the Swiss canton of Valais and Sapporo on the Japanese Northern island Hokkaido. The other two possible candidates are Stockholm (Sweden) and Calgary (Canada). All four cities are currently participating in the so-called dialogue stage of the International Olympic Committee. The selection of the candidate cities will take place in the fall of this year and the final vote over the venue one year later.[more]

  • 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]

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