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  • September 21, 2018 Lombard Odier expands Asia network with Mizuho

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Mizuho Securities Singapore, part of Japan’s Mizuho Securities, the brokerage house of Mizuho Financial Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with Lombard Odier for wealth management services in Asia. The partnership is the first ever by a Japanese securities group with Lombard Odier (Singapore), which is a unit of the Swiss asset manager Lombard Odier Group. The cooperation agreement is the second deal of the prestigious Geneva-based private banking group in Southeast Asia this year after entering Indonesia in April. Lombard Odier has defined the Asia-Pacific region as its key area for future growth.[more]

  • September 18, 2018 Two breakthroughs at top Swiss university

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Scientists of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, commonly known as ETH Zurich for its German abbreviation, have made two important technological breakthroughs. One team of researchers discovered a new group of antibiotic substances on plant leaves which would support the medicine of the future. Another group identified an alternative plastic polymer PBAT as material for biodegradable mulch to avoid plastic contamination of fertile soil. Such breakthroughs have helped ETH Zurich to rise three places up to 7th in the annual QS World University Ranking 2019. It is the university’s highest rank ever.[more]

  • September 14, 2018 Basel and Toyama to cooperate also on biotech

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - The Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and the Japanese prefecture of Toyama want to enter into a new cooperation in the field of biotech while strengthening their existing cooperation in the pharmaceutical area. A memorandum of understanding has been signed to this effect. This Swiss-Japanese network began already in 2006 based on both regions’ strong tradition of pharmaceutical knowledge and research. One feature of this Swiss-Japanese cooperation is a joint Basel-Toyama symposium which was held at the end of last month for the fifth time.[more]

  • September 11, 2018 USM Japan exhibition of Swiss photographs

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – USM Japan has opened the photo exhibition "de glacierum natura" by the Swiss artist Daniel Schwartz at its showroom in Marunouchi, Tokyo. The photographs show glaciers in Switzerland, in Pakistan, Peru and Uganda, what they are, what they do and how they are faring. The work group will be on view until September 30. Ms. Yuriko Akiyama, President of USM Japan, welcomed about 80 guests at the opening reception in the showroom and introduced the artist and his works. “Sustainability is an important element for USM’s business and it is our pleasure to have this exhibition in our showroom in Tokyo, too,” Ms. Akiyama said.[more]

  • September 07, 2018 Recovery of Swiss MEM industries from Franken shock

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering industries (MEM industries) have recovered remarkably well from the severe shock caused by the removal of the EUR/CHF floor by the Swiss National Bank in January 2015. In the first half of 2018, the index values for new orders and sales reached their highest levels in ten years. Also, capacity utilization among MEM companies reached 91.9% in the second quarter, which is well above the long-term average of 86.4%. The positive business trend is expected to continue for another six to twelve months. Thereafter, a slowdown in the economy is a possibility. [more]

  • September 04, 2018 Luncheon: How to grow when the markets don’t

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – At a rare August Luncheon, in cooperation with the Japan-Swiss Society, Mr. Urs Kessler, CEO of Jungfrau Railways since 2008, gave a fascinating talk about his program to develop the Jungfrau region into a top destination of Swiss tourism with a 12 months long high season. The biggest strategic project of the company, the V-cableway, has broken ground in early July. In his speech, Mr. Kessler provided an overview of the history and future of Jungfrau Railways, including global marketing success factors and technological developments of the company, and explained his grand vision behind the V-cableway.[more]

  • August 31, 2018 New STOT head: “Huge opportunities in automation”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Dr. Thomas Meyer, the new head of the Science and Technology Office Tokyo (STOT) at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, plans to strengthen the communication channels of his office to facilitate exchanges between Japan and Switzerland in the realm of education, research and innovation. Dr. Meyer, a long-time IT professional, also banks on internships for Swiss students and researchers in Japanese companies to expand bilateral collaborations. The SCCIJ talked to Dr. Meyer who is also an advisor to the SCCIJ Executive Committee about his motivation to become STOT head, his first experiences in Japan compared to his former base Singapore and business opportunities for Swiss companies in the field of information technology in Japan.[more]

  • August 27, 2018 Mitsubishi Electric acquires Swiss machine business

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Mitsubishi Electric will acquire ASTES4, a Balerna, Switzerland, based company engaged in the development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines. With ASTES4 as a wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric wants to offer integrated solutions to the global market with ASTES4's automated sorting systems embedded into Mitsubishi Electric's high value-added sheet metal laser processing machines. The company aims to further expand its worldwide business through this acquisition.[more]

  • August 03, 2018 SCCIJ to donate to relief efforts in Western Japan

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ) announced today that it will donate a total of 3 million yen (approximately US$ 27,000) to aid victims of the record rains that hit Western Japan in July. On behalf of the whole membership, the Executive Committee and the staff of the SCCIJ express their deepest sympathies to all those affected by the devastating floods. [more]

  • July 31, 2018 First Swiss micro electric vehicle to hit the road

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – “Microlino”, the first micro electric vehicle from Switzerland, is about to hit the roads after the cute mini car has passed the last tests for its homologation in the European Union. Mass production of Microlino may begin by the end of this year. This special battery driven mini vehicle may also reach Japan in the near future. Micro Mobility Systems, the Swiss inventor of Microlino, already operates a sales office in Tokyo for its large variety of micro scooters. Only a local manufacturing partner is required to get the Microlino on the road in Japan. [more]

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