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Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The Swiss councilor Mr. Johann Schneider-Ammann, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, has described Swiss-Japanese relations as a "well-functioning long-distance relationship". It would work because both partners know each other well, rely on each other and talk quickly if needed, he said at the general assembly of the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Zurich. The Free Trade and Economic Partnership between Switzerland and Japan had created a good framework which could be utilized by Swiss and Japanese companies, the councilor said. Also, Japan would be the most important partner of Switzerland for scientific research, but there would be unused potential, Schneider-Ammann added. But this will change soon: The two countries have just signed a declaration of intent to strengthen their scientific collaboration via their respective research funding agencies.[more]
May 19, 2017 New “Swiss Made” obligations are widely followed
Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The “Swissness” legislation which came into force on 1 January 2017 in Switzerland is supposed to strengthen the protection of the "Made in Switzerland" designation. The intention is to preserve its value in the long term and to provide a foundation for an effective fight against wrongful use. The core of the bill establishes precise rules in the Trade Mark Protection Act concerning the conditions under which a product or service may be labelled as being Swiss by carrying the label “Swiss Made”. Anyone who fulfills these criteria may opt to use the "Made in Switzerland" designation without authorization. Most companies and producers of goods have endorsed the new tightened rules, but some have deliberately renounced its use.[more]
May 16, 2017 Switzerland ranked high in many surveys again
Tokyo (SCCIJ) – In a recent ranking by the media website US News, Switzerland has been voted the “best country in the world”. According to this ranking, Swiss strengths include personal rights and freedom, business friendliness and quality of life. The top spot made headlines around the world and put another spotlight on this small alpine country in Central Europe inhabited by just 8.3 million people. But Switzerland, its system and some of its institutions have recently also performed well in other areas. The SCCIJ has compiled the latest such achievements ranging from “fourth happiest country” to “best young university”.[more]
May 12, 2017 Swiss startup improves important smartwatch sensor
Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Switzerland may be perceived as a latecomer in smartwatches due to the big media presence of the Apple Watch. But this perception is wrong: Many established Swiss watchmakers have launched their own smartwatches. At the same time, Swiss researchers are working to improve the capabilities of smartwatches to make their use more comfortable and efficient. One such Swiss startup, ActLight, based in the Innovation Park of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), has come up with a much more energy-efficient sensor to measure the heart-rate of smartwatch wearers. The electronic devices are now ready to be mass-produced for use in new models. This is an important breakthrough for smartwatches because nearly 80 percent of their battery power is consumed by the heart-rate monitor. [more]
May 08, 2017 Autoneum expands stake in Japanese partner Nittoku
Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The largest automotive supplier of Switzerland, Autoneum based in Winterthur, has increased the stake in its Japanese partner Nihon Tokushu Toryo, or Nittoku, from 8.7 to 13.2 percent since the end of March. The partnership between Autoneum (and its predecessors) and Nittoku started already fifty years ago. Mainly, the two partners provide Japanese car manufacturers globally with innovative lightweight solutions for noise reduction and thermal management. Together, the two companies operate eight joint ventures in North America and Asia with this purpose. Those ventures contribute significantly to the operating profit of the Swiss automotive supplier. [more]
April 28, 2017 Luncheon: “You experience Givaudan ten times a day”
Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The April Luncheon introduced more than 50 members and guests of the SCCIJ to the world of flavors and aromas. The topic of the speech was “How Switzerland’s Givaudan combines science and nature to develop flavors and aromas that delight Japanese consumers”. The two speakers were Fabrizio Raho, President and Representative Director of Givaudan Japan K.K., and Alain Ouellet, Technical Head of Givaudan’s Flavor Innovation Center Japan in Osaki, Tokyo. Beyond their presentations, the luncheon visitors experienced vividly firsthand how their own olfactory and gustatory sensors are working thanks to Givaudan’s proprietary “Virtual Aroma Synthesizer“ technologies.[more]
April 27, 2017 Swiss Young Professionals gather in Kobe
Tokyo (SCCIJ) - Following the example of the Kanto-edition, the 5th Swiss Young Professional Gathering in Kansai was held at the Nescafé Sannomiya in Kobe. On April 14, approximately thirty Swiss and friends of Switzerland took the opportunity to meet and exchange opinions while enjoying coffee specialties, cocktails and snacks. The event was held in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate General of Switzerland in Osaka and the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.[more]
May 25, 2017 Joint Chamber Young Professionals Networking
May 26, 2017 BeLux-France-Swiss Golf Tournament 2017
Join BLCCJ, CCIFJ and SCCIJ for a great day out on the green![more]
May 31, 2017 Swiss' Experiences: Surviving & Thriving in Japan - Mr. Nicolas Savary, Managing Director at JAL DUTYFREE
June 09, 2017 16th Swiss Young Professionals Gathering
June 15, 2017 Delighting Customers in Japan XVI
June 21, 2017 June Luncheon: Dr. William H. Saito, Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
May 17, 2017 Joint Chamber Sake Night
May 11, 2017 The 4th CLIC Event
April 27, 2017 Swiss' Experiences: Surviving & Thriving in Japan - Mr. Luca Orduña, Managing Director at SwissPrimeBrands in Japan
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