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  • May 21, 2018 Swiss mega solar project in Japan completed

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Etrion Corporation, a solar independent power producer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced that the Komatsu solar project totaling 13.2 megawatts (MW) has commenced full commercial operation. This new solar project, built by Hitachi High-Technologies, was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. Etrion also delivered strong project-level results in the first quarter of 2018 from its Japanese assets.[more]

  • May 18, 2018 Success of Swiss artisan in Japanese art domain

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – A Swiss succeeding in a classical Japanese art domain and selling his products to Japanese collectors – this is the surprising story of Martin Pauli, a lone manufacturer of urushi fountain pens. Urushi lacquer is produced from the resin of the Japanese lacquer tree. “As a lover and user of Japanese fountain pens, it has been my goal for the longest time ever to make my own fountain pens,” Pauli explained his ambition. His company name “Manu Propria Fountain Pens” also emphasizes that he is a small, independent one-man manufacturer. “Manu propria” is the Latin term for “handmade”.[more]

  • May 15, 2018 Foreign business mood barometer slightly down

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The latest Business Confidence Survey of the Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) shows a small decrease in the outlook for the Japanese economy short term as well as long term compared to the previous survey conducted in October 2017. At the same time, the strong and steady recovery of Japan’s economy was mirrored in profits and sales of chamber member companies. As the biggest challenges in the Japanese market, the respondents mostly cited labor issues, mainly hiring, and retaining good, bi-lingual staff. The FCIJ survey, conducted twice a year, has become an acknowledged bellwether for the business confidence of foreign companies in Japan over the past fifteen years.[more]

  • May 11, 2018 Swissbit and Hagiwara form strategic partnership

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Swissbit AG, a leading manufacturer of industrial flash memory solutions based in Bronschhofen (Switzerland), and Hagiwara Solutions Co., Ltd. from Nagoya, have entered a strategic partnership for the purpose of security ventures. Swissbit’s flash memory cards with security features will be distributed by Hagiwara Solutions in Japan. The Japanese partner will also support customers with solutions for the protection of networked industrial controls and devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). [more]

  • May 07, 2018 SwissPrimeBrands founder: “Time to give back”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – At the Annual General Meeting 2018, Mr. Luca Orduña was elected as new member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan and hence became the youngest member of the current SCCIJ leadership. He came to Japan on a scholarship program of the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Zurich which is also supported by the SCCIJ and went on to found his own company, the watch distributor SwissPrimeBrands. The SCCIJ talked to him about his motivation to come to Japan, make his living here and support the Swiss Chamber in Japan.[more]

  • April 26, 2018 Swiss luxury brand Chopard commits to “ethical” gold

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss brand Chopard has taken a unique initiative in the watch and jewelry industry with its recent announcement: Starting in July 2018, Chopard will use 100 percent ethical gold in its jewelry and watch creations. Chopard defines “Ethical Gold” as gold acquired from responsible sources, verified as having met international best practice environmental and social standards. The Japanese subsidiary of Chopard expects to benefit from this initiative because the concept of “ethical gold” would have a great appeal for the typical Japanese luxury client, Mr. Thomas Döbeli, General Manager of Chopard Japan, said. [more]

  • April 24, 2018 Luncheon: Digital future of financial markets

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In a lecture for the about 40 SCCIJ members and guests of the April Luncheon, Dr. Andréa M. Maechler, the first and currently only female member of the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) governing board and in charge of financial markets, banking operations and information technology, has carefully examined the purposes and benefits of recent innovations in the financial markets. She mainly focused on the blockchain as the digital technology behind the creation of cryptocurrencies, but also analyzed some other new fintech applications. Her lecture was followed by a lively discussion about the future of cross-border payments and cyber money.[more]

  • April 20, 2018 Swiss President listens to SCCIJ member voices

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – During his four-day visit to Japan, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Alain Berset, has taken one hour of his precious time to listen to the concerns and matters of SCCIJ regular members. The representatives of 20 chamber members utilized this unique opportunity to introduce their business to the Swiss President and to briefly outline particular challenges and current difficulties. The exclusive round table meeting was organized in close cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan. [more]

  • April 16, 2018 V-Cableway: “Attracting tourists all year round”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The most ambitious modernization project in one of the most popular tourist regions of Switzerland is finally close to its realization. According to observers, the Swiss Federal Office of Transport will probably issue the building permit for the project in May after the Office for Towns and Spatial Planning of the Canton of Bern has approved the planning principles for the mountain railway project. This was considered the penultimate remaining hurdle. The Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway and Jungfrau Railways are planning to build a V-Cableway that will provide access to both the Eiger glacier as well as the mountain Männlichen.[more]

  • April 13, 2018 Swiss President Berset meets Prime Minister Abe

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – On the occasion of an official visit to Japan, the President of the Swiss Federation, Mr. Alain Berset, has held an official meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In addition to bilateral relations, the talks covered a wide range of international issues. The president, who is also the head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), will also be attending the Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety in Tokyo scheduled for Saturday. [more]

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