DECEMBER 2021  / INVESTING IN JAPAN

Three and a half centuries of curiosity

Merck Japan makes advances in electronics, healthcare, and life science

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“Innovation, which starts with my colleagues’ curiosity, is key for our firm”

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Accelerating innovation

Niklas Karvonen has been community director of the Nordic Innovation House Tokyo since it opened in May of last year. His experience in trade promotion for Finland, at a Japanese startup, and in event planning and community building for a coding education firm made him an ideal candidate for the role.

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Innovations to protect our planet

At the COP26 summit in Glasgow last month, commitments of the kind needed to meaningfully address the climate crisis were notable by their absence.

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MOSCA Japan

MOSCA’s high-performance strapping machines, bands, and sealing technologies secure goods in transit. Its products offer maximal uptime and minimal environmental impact.

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No boundaries to saving lives

In 1876, Erwin Bälz became one of the first Western doctors to teach medicine at the University of Tokyo, and he later became the personal physician to Emperor Meiji.

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Strengthening stability

On 16 September, the EU announced the details of its Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo–Pacific.

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Strengthening ties in Kansai

This year, Martin Eberts marks 35 years in Germany’s Federal Foreign Service.

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The heartbeat of innovation

On 8 October 1871, a small rubber manufacturer opened in Hanover, Germany, and began producing rubber horseshoes. Today, that same firm has some 193,000 employees worldwide and operates in 58 countries.

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Closer than ever before

First elected to Japan’s House of Representatives in 1990, Nobuteru Ishihara has served his country as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for more than three decades.

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Help from the heavens

The recent jaunts of billionaires into space have attracted a great deal of attention — for ushering in the age of space tourism and also for how they starkly illustrate the inequality of life on Earth. But for the foreseeable future, human spaceflight, and unmanned missions to other planets, will represent a fraction of the rapidly expanding space industry.

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Looking across the digital gender divide

Woman have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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40 years of joy

This is a year of celebration. In 1981 — in fact, 40 years ago this month — the German automotive giant BMW launched its operations in Japan.

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Lending a paw

When people speak about Japan’s declining birth rate, it’s sometimes pointed out that there are now more pets than children in Japan. But, in reality, that is true of many countries, including France and England. Nevertheless, the Japanese pet market is a large one, with more than 9.6 million cats and nearly 8.5 million dogs, along with a host of other companion animals.

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Overseeing Europe’s Kasumigaseki

Since 1984, Ambassador of Japan to the EU Yasushi Masaki has been serving his nation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has held many positions throughout his career, including roles at Japan’s embassies in France and Iran, and has worked in Tokyo in the fields of international law, as well as economic and security affairs.

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Sustainable Excellence

From January through May, people visiting Tokyo’s Aoyama district had the chance to see the next stage in the evolution of the premium automobile.

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The return of safe travel?

As the global coronavirus vaccination rollout continues, the issue of ensuring safe cross-border travel is garnering more attention. A key factor will be internationally accepted vaccine passports that prove travellers have been fully inoculated or are not infectious.

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