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  • August 01, 2017 Rakuten invests in Swiss health startup dacadoo

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The digital health company dacadoo, based in Zurich, Switzerland, has completed a new capital raise with Rakuten Capital, the investment arm of the Japanese e-commerce market leader Rakuten, as the lead investor. dacadoo develops and operates a digital, mobile health engagement platform that helps employees actively manage their health in an easy and fun way. The platform calculates your personal dacadoo Health Score, a number from 1 (poor) to 1’000 (excellent). The free tracker application is free and available for all major mobile phone operating systems. [more]

  • July 24, 2017 Nestlé Japan to open second KitKat factory

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Nestlé Japan is about to open a second manufacturing line for its popular KitKat bars within its Himeji factory in Hyogo Prefecture to satisfy ever increasing demand in Japan. KitKat “made in Japan” is famous beyond the islands’ borders for its large taste variety only available there. Thus, many tourists buy KitKat chocolates at specialty stores to bring them back as souvenirs. Online sales are also steadily increasing. “We want to satisfy this demand”, Nestlé Japan said in a statement. It is the first time in 26 years that the Swiss company increases its production capacity with a new factory. The new facility will already start operating on August 1. [more]

  • July 18, 2017 Victorinox opens first Japan store with new style

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Victorinox from Switzerland, the world’s biggest manufacturer of pocket knives with its own watch, travel gear and fragrances lines, has opened a new Japan store. Located in Tokyo’s trendy area Harajuku Jingumae, it offers new shopping experiences and a wider selection of products and services, also targeting female and younger consumers. For the first time in Japan, Victorinox customers can now select their pocket knife handles and try out the Victorinox kitchen knives themselves. The store is the first Japan store without the Victorinox apparel goods collection line which will be discontinued after this autumn & winter collection. [more]

  • July 11, 2017 JSR Life Sciences acquires Swiss cell developer Selexis

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – JSR Corporation will acquire Selexis SA from Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland, a pioneering life sciences company and global leader in cell-line generation technologies, to strengthen the business of its subsidiary KBI Biopharma. Selexis will be integrated within KBI Biopharma’s operations to create the most robust and fastest “Gene to GMP (Guanosine monophosphate)” service offering in the biopharmaceutical industry. The terms of the sales and the purchase agreement were not disclosed. Shortly after the deal, Takeda, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan, entered a commercial license agreement with Selexis to get access to its high-performance research cell banks. Takeda is leveraging Selexis’ mammalian cell line-based protein expression platform to develop recombinant fusion proteins.[more]

  • July 04, 2017 Award for Japanese-Swiss team in wood architecture

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Shigeru Ban, the world-renowned architect from Japan, became famous for using recycled cardboard tubes to house disaster victims quickly. He also received the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious prize in modern architecture, for his innovative use of material. Little known is his collaboration with the Swiss civil engineer Hermann Blumer for the construction of buildings with a technically demanding wooden structure, though. In fact, the creative Swiss-Japanese team has worked together on a number of projects. Now this unique collaboration has finally been recognized: As a team, they have been awarded the Schweighofer Prize 2017 which honors their groundbreaking innovations in the use of wood as a construction material. [more]

  • June 30, 2017 Luncheon: “Fail fast, fail forward”, Kantei advisor says

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In a cheery and entertaining lecture, June Luncheon speaker Dr. William Saito shared his assessments of the systemic challenges for startup companies in Japan with more than 50 members and guests of the SCCIJ, giving insights on how to be successful as an entrepreneur based on his personal experience. Dr. Saito, educated as a medical doctor, now works as a special advisor to both the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Government of Japan. He has helped numerous entrepreneurial ventures and even sold or helped to take a few public. His passion for cybersecurity has led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts in this field. He is also playing multiple roles in supporting various stakeholders.[more]

  • June 27, 2017 Success secrets of Swiss world market leaders

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – A robust core business, successful expansion into new geographical sales markets, crisis management, and excellent employees are the basic patterns of small and medium-sized Swiss companies that are world market leaders in their field. This is the main result of the study ”Swiss Champions 2017“ produced by the Swiss subsidiary of the accounting and consulting enterprise PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The study shows how Swiss companies become global champions and successfully go digital. For the third edition, PwC Switzerland collaborated with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) as its study partner.[more]

  • June 23, 2017 Switzerland leaps ahead in supercomputing

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - The new number three in the latest TOP 500 Supercomputer ranking is the upgraded Piz Daint of Switzerland, installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano. Only two Chinese supercomputers are ranked higher. Switzerland could even be considered the largest supercomputer nation in the world if the installed computer power is weighted with gross domestic product (GDP). The first Japanese supercomputer in the TOP 500, the Oakforest-PACS, a Fujitsu PRIMERGY system running at Japan’s Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing, stands at number seven, followed by Fujitsu’s K computer, installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS), at number eight. [more]

  • June 20, 2017 Swiss software experts turn Pepper into factory worker

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss software boutique consultancy Vigience with offices in Tokyo, Horgen (Switzerland) and San Francisco (USA) has transformed the famous Softbank robot Pepper for the first time globally from a "meet and greet" shop assistant into a useful factory worker at a renowned Toyota supplier in Japan. The achievement was made possible by programming Pepper directly and using an artificial intelligence engine. The cute robot now moves independently on the factory floor, supervises the working conditions in the plant and supports workers when a machine in the production line malfunctions. SCCIJ talked to Vigience founder and CEO Markus Stierli about this progressive project and how it has changed the course of his company. [more]

  • June 16, 2017 Hermès Innovation Prizes for Japan and Switzerland

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), the company Fujifilm and the City of Kyoto have been awarded three of the five Hermès Innovation Prizes in the year 2017. At the service of industry for over 30 years, CSEM has been rewarded the prize for its technological excellence. Fujifilm was lauded for its strategic redeployment and growth through innovation. The City of Kyoto received the Hermès prize for the improvements of the life in the city by renewal, high technology and tradition as well as monozukuri. This award is given every year since 2009 by the Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation and the European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation. This distinction recognizes those companies and organizations that have succeeded in integrating the best state-of-the-art knowledge in products and services, increasing the satisfaction of individuals and society. [more]

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