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PMD Act Japan

Planning to Enter the Medical Device Field in Japan? Get Familiar With the PMD Act

By Frank Piller, General Manager Products at TÜV Rheinland Japan   After basic regulations for pharmaceuticals and medical devices had remained unchanged for a long time in Japan, the country enacted the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Act or PMD Act in November 2014. Officially called “The Act on Securing the Quality, Efficacy and Safety of Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Regenerative and […]

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JETRO Publishes New Invest Japan Report, Says Foreign Tech Contributes to Innovation

Japan sees significant increases in inward foreign direct investment, or FDI, according to the “Invest Japan Report 2017” just published by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). In a new trend, the report finds foreign technology contributing to innovation in Japanese society. Significant increase in Japan’s inward FDI Japan’s inward FDI stock at the end of 2016 was 27.8 trillion […]

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ABB and Kawasaki announce cobot collaboration

Setting Sights on Bright Cobot Future, Robot Leaders Join Forces

Collaborative robots can be the next big thing – and robot market leaders ABB and Kawasaki Heavy Industries are moving quickly to make that happen. Just a few days back, the two heavyweights announced in Tokyo a formal cooperation. Shortly after, also in Tokyo, ABB launched its latest YuMi collaborative robot at iRex International Robot Exhibition 2017. Also known as […]

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Japanese Statistics Bureau Publishes Statistical Yearbook 2018

The Statistics Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has published the Japan Statistical Yearbook 2018. The annual publication is a systematic summary of statistical information published by government and private organisations. The yearbook covers 30 wide-ranging fields such as land, population, economy, society and culture in 539 tables. Read the Japan Statistical Yearbook 2018 here.

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Japanese Manufacturers Set up Close to 500 New Sites in First Half – METI

Manufacturing companies in Japan invested in 499 new factory locations between January and June 2017, according to a report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Up 9.4 percent compared to the previous year, this marked the return to a level comparable to that of 2014. The total area covered by new factory locations stood at 569 hectars, […]

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Japan Relaxes Visa Requirements for Indian Nationals

Japan will relax requirements for multiple-entry visa for short-term stay for Indian nationals from Jan. 1, 2018. The government will simplify visa application documents and expand the scope of eligible applicants. (1) Simplification of visa application documents The “Applicant’s Employment Certificate” and “Explanation Letter stating the reason of applying for multiple-entry-visa” will be exempted in applying for multiple-entry-visa. In principle, […]

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TPP Comes Roaring Back

TPP Comes Roaring Back as 11 Countries Reach Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have made substantial progress when negotiators on Nov. 10 reached agreement for a way forward at the TPP Ministerial Meeting held in Vietnam. This marks an important milestone for building the broader free trade area in the Asia-Pacific region, which experienced a stumble block when U.S. President Trump pulled out of negotiations back im January. Yet […]

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Marc Burrage presents Hays' Global Skills Index for Japan

3 Ways to Make Japan’s Workforce Fit for the Future – Hays Survey

Almost two million jobs have been created since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012. This is good news for employees, but companies are having difficulties finding the people they need. “With 1.5 jobs per seeker, Japan is now facing the most extreme labor market since 1974,” said Hays Japan Managing Director Marc Burrage while presenting the recruitment specialist’s […]

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Marketing Communications Checklist

The Universal Marketing Communications Strategy Checklist

This is the fifth in a series of columns about Japan Inc.’s ultimate global challenge: marketing (if you came here from somewhere else, read this, this, this and this first). Developing a marketing communications strategy carries over to religious, charitable, environmental, non-profit, social and governmental agencies, or any organization or group that has a particular cause to promote, needs to […]

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Brexit: What Will Japanese Companies Do?

After invoking Article 50 on March 29, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union by March 2019. Yet with only 18 months to go and after a third failed round of negotiations, it looks increasingly possible that the parties may miss reaching a deal. Such a scenario is problematic for non-European multinationals, many of which steer their […]

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Japan’s Society 5.0: Going Beyond Industry 4.0

Germany’s Industry 4.0 is a well-known buzzword. Japan has now introduced Society 5.0. Is this a mere one-step-ahead game, or is there more behind? Industry 4.0 As the name already indicates, Industry 4.0 is looking mainly into industrial production. Its main idea is the information exchange between companies down to the machines and processes. Nowadays, not only machines but virtually […]

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Japan Moves Quickly Toward Energy-Efficient Buildings

By Hiroyuki Arie, General Manager, Business Stream Systems at TÜV Rheinland Japan   Fire, typhoon and earthquake resistance of buildings has long been of paramount importance in Japan. This is partly because for a long period of time, the majority of structures were lightly made of wood. If a house caught fire in the Edo period (1603–1868), firefighters often chose […]

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JETRO Releases Global Trade and Investment Report 2017

Japan’s trade balance last year marked its first surplus in six years, according to the recently released Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At the same time, the country’s outward FDI stood at record highs, while inward FDI from Asia to Japan continued to grow. Global trade declines 3.1%, downturn for two straight […]

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Japanese Government Earmarks 46B Yen in Subsidies for SMEs

The Japanese Cabinet is setting aside 46 billion yen ($416 million) in planned subsidies for SMEs, small enterprises or other entities in fiscal 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The subsidies are part of the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and geared toward business activities based on R&D results. Subsidies for SMEs The […]

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