MAY 2022  / BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Step by step

ProWorks Group helps firms clear hurdles to market entry and growth in Japan

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“You can’t run the marathon if you don’t learn how to walk”

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Further strengthening a close bond

After serving in Switzerland’s National Council from 2007 to 2017, Ignazio Cassis was elected to the Federal Council in 2017 and has headed the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since taking office.

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Building on excellent bilateral relations

This year, Alexander Schallenberg marks 25 years with Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, having joined the diplomatic service in 1997.

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Dassault Systèmes

Since 1981, Dassault Systèmes’ products have been transforming businesses.

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Good design is good business

Japan has produced the well-ordered simplicity of Zen, as well as the spectacle of colour and text found on Shinjuku and Shibuya’s neon-lit streets.

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A time for unity

In 2003, Dr Anže Logar left the private sector to work as an adviser to Slovenian members of the European Parliament.

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Stricter policies, safer data

In addition, if a firm relies on contracts with data handlers or processers overseas, the company in Japan now must have them audited regularly to ensure they are complying with Japanese data protection standards.

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In a class of its own

With the high speeds, roaring engines, and riders leaning just millimetres over the track during turns, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a motorcycle race.

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New synergies, new opportunities

Since 1985, Ambassador of Italy to Japan Gianluigi Benedetti has served his nation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His first overseas posting was to Japan, from 1987 to 1991, then he worked at the Italian embassy in the US from 1991 to 1995.

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All citizens online

The perfect illustration of resistance to the digitalisation of government in Japan can be seen in the former reform minister Taro Kono’s quest to end the use of faxes.

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Creating future role models

With over 14 million residents, Tokyo is one of the world’s most populous cities. In order to achieve a sustainable recovery — as our continually evolving society emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic — Tokyo needs to make use of the full potential of our women, who make up half of the population.

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A solution that pays off

Many online purchase and payment experiences in Japan are not optimal. Common complaints include a complex checkout process, a lack of trust in the website, and sites freezing or crashing.

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Advancing Swiss interests

Since 2012, Gregor Muischneek has served Switzerland in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In addition to postings to China, Kenya, and Germany, he has worked in the Directorate of Political Affairs and the Directorate of International Law in Berne.

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A valuable experience

At their best, internships will offer students or other young people valuable experience and insight into a company, industry, and the world of work.

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Setting beautiful trends

Japan cares deeply about beauty. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the value of the nation’s cosmetics and personal care market was $35 billion in 2019 — the third largest in the world, after the US and China.

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Seizing opportunities for cooperation

Sophie Wilmès is Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs, European affairs, foreign trade, and the federal cultural institutions.

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