APRIL 2022  / BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Good design is good business

Goodpatch puts user experience at the heart of digital products

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“It’s our mission to prove the power of design”

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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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Mölnlycke Health Care

Mölnlycke Health Care products are contributing to positive patient outcomes every day. They enable surgeons to work more efficiently in the operating room and help doctors and nurses to achieve the best long-term clinical results for their patients.

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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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When the chips are down

Lost revenue due to the global semiconductor shortage is estimated to have topped $200 billion in the auto industry alone in 2021.

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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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Three and a half centuries of curiosity

In 1668, Friedrich Jacob Merck founded a small pharmacy in Darmstadt, Germany. Still headquartered in Darmstadt, the Merck Group is the oldest pharmaceutical firm in the world, as well as one of the largest.

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