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  • December 11, 2017 Luncheon: Challenges of 4th Industrial Revolution

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The future concepts of Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0 will reshape the economic, social and cultural context in which we live but may have serious negative side effects without real global collaboration, Mr. Shinichi Koizumi, Special Advisor to the Chairman of Keidanren, argued at the December luncheon attended by more than 40 members and guests of the SCCIJ. Industry, government and academia across the globe should cooperatively and sincerely explore necessary action programs corresponding to disruptive changes of the new digital era so that we can establish a stable, sustainable and inclusive development of our society, the speaker demanded.[more]

  • December 08, 2017 Opportunities for Swiss companies at 2020 Olympics

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - The Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 may offer Swiss small and medium enterprises interesting business opportunities. But they need to prepare early: The procurement information will be placed on different websites depending on who issues the tenders. While some tenders will be available in English, others will only be published in Japanese. To successfully participate in the tendering procedures, Swiss exporters can rely on support from Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), an export and investment promotion agency on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. In Japan, it is represented by the Swiss Business Hub Japan.[more]

  • December 04, 2017 Joint Japanese-Swiss project in energy harvesting

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and Nabtesco from Japan, a world leading mechatronic systems manufacturer, are cooperating in a joint research project about harvesting energy for future freight trains. The project is carried out at the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory, D-ITET, and targets the conceptualization and optimization of novel concepts for energy harvesting from moving conductive surfaces. An example application is the power supply of sensors or actuators on next generation wagons of freight trains.[more]

  • December 01, 2017 ABB and Kawasaki cooperate in “cobot” automation

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) - ABB from Switzerland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, two global industrial automation and robot suppliers, have joined forces to share knowledge and promote the benefits of collaborative robots, in particular those with dual arm designs. It is the world’s first enterprise collaboration that focuses on “cobots”. Such robots can work alongside humans without any safety devices and are considered the future of industrial robots. At the International Robot Exhibition iREX in Tokyo this week, the Swiss company also revealed its latest member of its cobot family YuMi. ABB was the first robot producer ever to bring a cobot to market.[more]

  • December 01, 2017 Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike shares her vision of 2020 and beyond with the members of European Chambers in Japan

    On November 22, 2017, the French Chamber organized a luncheon with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike at The New Otani hotel in Tokyo. As many as 300 guests gathered to listen to the first woman to be elected Governor of Tokyo, including H.E. Mr. Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, H.E. Mr. Giorgio Starace, Ambassador of Italy to Japan, and H.E. Mr. Loukas Karatsolis, Ambassador of Greece to Japan.[more]

  • November 27, 2017 Swiss celebration of first quartz watch in Tokyo

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the invention of the world’s first electronic watch in Switzerland by holding a technology workshop in Tokyo. Because the quartz watch was the first wearable device ever, the workshop focused on the latest technologies of wearable devices. CSEM was behind the first electronic watch half a century ago and is at the forefront of innovation in Switzerland’s industry today, in particular for ultra-low power microelectronics, cutting-edge microtechnology and complex, smart systems. The technology workshop in Japan was organized in collaboration with the Science and Technology Office Tokyo of the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).[more]

  • November 24, 2017 Luncheon: “Green” electricity to advance in Japan

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – More than 30 guests and members of the SCCIJ attended the November luncheon about recent changes in the electricity market in Japan. Mr. Seiya Miyake, Chief Operating Officer of the electricity retailer Minna-Denryoku (Everybody Electricity) explained the options and benefits of changing your electricity provider if you are an individual or corporate customer. He also enlightened the audience about the inherent contradictions of the current energy policy of the Japanese government which is mainly based on a comeback of nuclear energy until 2030 and asked companies to advance “green” electricity in Japan by joining the international initiative RE100 which supports the use of renewable energy.[more]

  • November 21, 2017 Swiss top wealth ranking, Japanese third

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Switzerland kept the top spot in global wealth ranking, whereas Japan again had the most equal wealth distribution of any major nation, according to the 2017 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. Average wealth of a Swiss citizen was close to ten times the global average, placing Switzerland in the lead. Much of Switzerland’s rise to the top would be down to a strong currency, though, the report said. At the same time, the recent yen depreciation relegated Japan to third place in the global rankings of aggregate wealth, behind the United States and China. [more]

  • November 17, 2017 New President: "DKSH Japan with enormous potential”

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Mr. Michael A. Loefflad, the new President and Representative Director of DKSH Japan, sees an enormous potential in the near and mid-term future to further develop the company's role as a Market Expansion Services provider. He mentioned in particular the coming free trade agreement between Europe and Japan, where new services and products will find their way to Japan, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which would offer exciting business opportunities. In an interview with the SCCIJ, Loefflad talked about the heritage of DKSH as the longest standing foreign company with uninterrupted business in Japan, the influence of Switzerland and Japan on its operating style and whether automatic translation will help foreign business people in Japan to be successful. [more]

  • November 13, 2017 “New door to Japanese customers” for Clariant

    Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Clariant, the world leader in specialty chemicals based in Muttenz, Switzerland, is to open a dedicated laboratory for personal care product development in Tokyo. This would reinforce its commitment to the personal care industry in Japan, Clariant said in a statement. The company, also a member of the SCCIJ, mainly manufactures and sells dyes and auxiliaries for leather and paper in Japan. Its business in Japan started in 1966 as Sandoz K.K. in Kobe (Hyogo). The enterprise altered its corporate name to Clariant after Sandoz spun off its chemical division in 1995. [more]

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