SEPTEMBER 2019  /  BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Built on passion

Theme parks are fun places of wonderous scale, focused vision and careful attention to detail, but have you ever considered how they come to be?

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“we are working on new ideas for activities within the park … There are all sorts of possibilities”

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Something valuable to say

Before joining Iceland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, Ambassador Elín Flygenring earned a law degree from the University of Iceland and a Master’s in comparative law from Stockholm University, and she worked for Iceland’s Equality Council, the Nordic Council, and as a director of the Parliament of Iceland’s International Department.

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Can’t stamp them out

Even in a nation with a somewhat infamous reputation for bureaucracy, one of Japan’s more anachronistic practices is the continued, widespread use of revenue stamps.

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Egon Zehnder

Founded in Switzerland in 1964, Egon Zehnder is a global leadership advisory firm. It has one goal: to empower its clients to drive lasting, positive change through leadership.

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Much more on the menu

The traditional aspects of Japanese culture inevitably charm visitors to the country, but the traditional, paper-based processes still used at many Japanese companies inevitably frustrate those who work here. Edenred Japan has taken note and is moving quickly to modernise its business.

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Everything in balance

Part of Jorge Toledo Albiñana’s 30-year career at Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been focused on the European Union and European affairs, including roles as director of the Department of European Affairs and G20 in the prime minister’s office, and secretary of state for the EU in the Spanish government.

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Following a new formula

Japan’s dairy sector is changing thanks to a combination of reforms to domestic regulations and the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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Jinseki International School

Set in the natural beauty of Jinsekikogen, Hiroshima Prefecture, Jinseki International School will be Japan’s first primary boarding school when it opens in April of next year. It will combine an exceptional standard of education with individual care for every child who lives and learns there.

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Japan’s Achilles’ heels exposed

At the funeral home where I work, pumps are part of the dress code, and I tweeted about how much they were making my feet hurt with the hashtag #KuToo — a play on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu), and a nod to #MeToo.

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The hiring empire

In the era of globalisation, every company with vision strives to build a business empire on which the sun never sets.

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Stable and prudent

With a background in both business and academia, Andrej Bertoncelj brings decades of practical experience and theoretical understanding to his role as Slovenia’s finance minister.

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A work in progress

The Reiwa era has begun in Japan with the tightest labour market in 35 years, with more women, seniors, foreigners and even robots in the workforce than ever. But will better working conditions emerge?

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SGS Japan

SGS Group is the world leader in testing, inspection, certification and advisory services, ensuring the safety, quality and sustainability of customers’ products and services.

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Back to basics

Self-improvement is one thing. Improving your company is another. But it’s something else entirely to try and improve the image of the industry you work in. Ash Elfadeli, CEO at JAC International, a subsidiary of JAC Recruitment, is aiming to do just this — and as with any lofty ambition, he’s making sure to get the small things right.

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Sustaining Swissness

After 10 years in academia, with a focus on international economic law and East Asia, Ivo Kaufmann decided to take up a post in the Swiss government. Since 1992, he has held several positions, mainly in trade and investment. Before coming to Tokyo, he served as deputy permanent representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva for four years.

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Slurring their words

Producers, retailers and imbibers of alcoholic beverages are some of the biggest beneficiaries of the removal of tariffs since the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) came into force on 1 February. Yet while many are toasting the lower prices and higher exports, not everyone is fully satisfied.

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