MAY 2021  / INVESTING IN JAPAN

An incredible journey

FCA Japan’s Jeep brand speeds past more major milestones

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“For 80 years, Jeep has been doing this one thing, building SUVs, and we keep doing it better and better and better”

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Struggling, managing, or excelling

SMEs are the backbone of the economy in both Europe and Japan, but many of them have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and face an uncertain outlook, despite government support schemes.

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Ready for recovery

This year, Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan Dr Andreas Baum celebrates 30 years in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In addition to postings in Turkey and Canada, he has been minister and deputy permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York.

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Lindt & Sprüngli Japan

Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate sector, and is the epitome of Swiss quality.

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Hastening the inevitable

On 17 March, a district court in Sapporo became the first in Japan to rule that not allowing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This landmark decision is being regarded as a major step towards seeing same-sex unions legalised in Japan.

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The sweetest life

It’s easy to indulge your sweet tooth in Japan, but it can be hard to choose how you do it. The sheer range of confectionary treats on offer — even just at the convenience store — makes it difficult for established brands to stand out, let alone new market entrants. Vidal Candies, however, has made rapid headway into the market by catching eyes as successfully as it satisfies cravings.

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Face value

The world of the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Minority Report, set in the year 2054, seems to be creeping up on us. When Tom Cruise’s character walks around in public, smart billboards recognise his face and pitch him cars and beer.

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Planning carefully, collaborating closely

An expert in innovation, disruption, and global governance, Manuel Muñiz Villa was appointed to the post of state secretary for global Spain in January 2020.

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Going by the book

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Rebuilding an industry

The aviation industry has been one of the most visible commercial victims of Covid-19, as countries around the world have attempted to keep the spread of the virus in check with a raft of restrictions on international travel.

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Celebrating independence, embracing unity

Since joining the foreign service in 2003, Ambassador of Slovenia to Japan Dr Ana Polak Petrič has served her country in a variety of roles.

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Right for the job

The past year has been challenging for many businesses as the Covid-19 pandemic led to a dramatic drop in demand for goods and services — and it has been especially worrying for newer SMEs.

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At the start of the journey

A member of the European Commission since 2014, Valdis Dombrovskis has, since 2019, served the European Union as executive vice president of the European Commission for an Economy that Works for People since 2019 and as EU commissioner for trade since August of last year.

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Betting on the planet

On the front lines of the fight against climate change, veteran campaigners for the environment have an unlikely ally: institutional investors that are choosing to invest in environmentally responsible firms and keeping their cash away from big polluters.

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Unlimited potential

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The year of the vaccine

One bright spot during the global pandemic has been the development and approval of multiple vaccines against Covid-19 — all in under a year.

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A new dawn for alliances

Japan has not hosted an ambassador from the United States of America since July 2019. While it doesn’t indicate a collapse in bilateral ties, the vacancy symbolises changes in the longstanding relationship.

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