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  • July 17, 2018 Nestlé Japan expands its health care platform

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Nestlé Japan is experimenting with its business model to turn itself from a food and beverage into a health care company. In March 2017, it launched an online platform called "Nestlé Wellness Ambassador" to support people in eating and living more healthily. Now, it has started using information from blood and DNA tests of its customers to personalize the nutritional advice even further. According to Kohzoh Takaoka, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Japan, this new Japan health strategy could provide a model for the whole company's behavior in other advanced countries. [more]

  • July 13, 2018 How Uniqlo wants to score with tennis champion Federer

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Japanese textile giant Fast Retailing, the company behind the fashion brand "Uniqlo", has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer. For the next decade, the Swiss athlete allegedly receives CHF 30 million annually for promoting Uniqlo. Federer is already wearing Uniqlo branded clothes at the current Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament. Marketing experts are convinced that this advertising deal will foster the worldwide expansion of the "Uniqlo" brand although the years the Swiss tennis champion will spend on the tennis court are already numbered. [more]

  • July 09, 2018 Swiss bourse SIX launches cryptocurrency platform

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Switzerland’s stock exchange – owned and managed by SIX – is building a fully integrated trading, settlement and custody infrastructure for digital assets. With this move, the stock exchange is seeking a global lead in this field and strengthening Switzerland's claim of being particularly open for digital assets. Earlier, Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann had said that Switzerland wanted to become a "crypto nation". Start-ups in the field have been attracted to Switzerland, with the canton of Zug promoting itself as the heart of "crypto valley".[more]

  • July 06, 2018 Luncheon: Hitachi Automotive needs winning spirit

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss chief executive of Hitachi Automotive Systems, Brice Koch, amazed about 60 members and guests of the SCCIJ with deep insights into the “Hitachi journey” and the endeavors of the Japanese group in the automotive market. The Swiss who has two decades of managing experience was hired last year by Hitachi to speed up the globalization of the automotive division. Koch described himself as a wanderer between two worlds who has to globalize Hitachi Automotive without losing the Japanese roots. Otherwise, the company would be in danger to become irrelevant, he warned.[more]

  • July 02, 2018 Jaquet Droz “Story of the Unique” stops in Tokyo

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – An exhibition celebrating the 280th birthday of the Swiss luxury watch brand “Jaquet Droz” has made its sixth world tour stop in the Japanese capital. The exhibition entitled “Story of the Unique” took place from June 21st to June 24th in the Tsutaya Books store on the sixth floor of the new luxury shopping complex Ginza Six, in the vicinity of the permanent Jaquet Droz boutique in Tokyo. As part of the exhibition, the watch manufacturer has created two exceptional and unique timepieces. Following in the footsteps of its illustrious founder, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721–1790), the brand is traveling the world to present its creations to its most important collectors. [more]

  • June 29, 2018 Swiss input for Japanese digital life insurances

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss health startup dacadoo and the Japanese life insurance group T&D Holding are cooperating in the development of digital life insurance products for Japan. dacadoo, based in Zurich, Switzerland, develops and operates a comprehensive digital Health Engagement Platform to motivate users to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. The digital user journey is optimized to engage clients of insurers and it is delivered through mobile apps (iPhone & Android) and a web app built in responsive design. In August 2017, dacadoo had completed a capital raise with Rakuten Capital, the investment arm of the Japanese e-commerce market leader Rakuten, as the lead investor.[more]

  • June 26, 2018 Luncheon: Google expects “incredible impact of AI”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – At the first of two SCCIJ luncheons in June, Mr. Peter Fitzgerald, President of Google Japan, shared his insights about the way Google sees the digital world shaping up in the future. The focus of his talk was on the potential created by advances in machine learning. This field of computer science commonly called artificial intelligence has been around since the 1970s and 1980s. “And now this is helping to change the world for the better,” the Google Japan president said. The interest in this subject was mirrored in the high luncheon attendance of more than 90 members and guests of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.[more]

  • June 22, 2018 Swiss-Japanese first common interface for cobots

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - ABB from Switzerland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries from Japan, both global leading players in industrial automation and robotics, have developed the world’s first common collaborative robot operating interface. Such cobots or co-robots are intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace. With a common operating interface, any user could use a cobot and integrate it into a production process. This will help address the shortage of skilled workers in many industries. In Japan for example, one person in five is within a decade of retirement.[more]

  • June 19, 2018 Full-scale Japan launch of Swiss brand Odlo

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Odlo International AG, developer of the high-performance Swiss apparel brand Odlo and based in Hünenberg, Switzerland, and the Japan Biathlon Federation, headquartered in Sapporo, have established a partnership. Through this partnership, Odlo will provide the Japanese biathlon team with high-performance sportswear that can handle the switch from dynamic, fluid cross-country skiing to the steady and focused pace of shooting, all under harsh conditions. With these new ties to the Japan Biathlon Federation, Odlo renews its push into the Japanese market. [more]

  • June 15, 2018 Oerlikon Group opens plant in Japan

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - The Oerlikon Group, a leading global technology provider of market-leading technologies and services from Switzerland and Liechtenstein, has inaugurated its new production plant in Nagoya. The company will leverage synergies to further strengthen the excellent market position of Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco Friction Systems in Japan’s top car manufacturing industry area. The new site in Nagoya allows the company to be closer to customers in and around the Nagoya area and to better serve new and existing customers from all five Japanese locations. The number of employees is expected to triple as a result.[more]

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