Economy

17-02-15 to 17-02-15 | 10:30 h - 11:30h GMT +1

Webinar 33: Opportunities for EU SMEs in Japan's Prefectures and Special Economic Zones

How Can SMEs take advantage of Japan’s newly established Special Economic Zones? Where are the opportunities?

In 2013, Japan’s recently elected government enacted an aggressive three-pronged growth strategy. The strategy, which consists of fiscal stimulus, monetary stimulus, and business law reforms, was received with much initial fanfare in both the press and the markets.

Article: 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Article written by Nathalie Cavasin, NC Consulting, Tokyo, Japan – September 2013

Japan is preparing to host the 2020 Olympics in the capital of Tokyo. This will help to create new business opportunities here and raise again positively interest in Japan from abroad.

Tags : Economy, Tokyo

Article: Why Europe and Japan need an EPA

Article written by Philippe Huysveld, CEO & Senior Consultant, GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting), France - December 2013

Background

There are numerous reasons for wishing to do business with or in Japan: According to data from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan has enormous potential to become a regional centre for R&D in Asia, and enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence in R&D among Western and Asian businesses. Second, Japan plays an important role as a “bridge nation” between the East and the West, connecting Asian enterprises and markets with the West.

Hokkaido Prefecture

HOKKAIDO PREFECTURE

Main City: Sapporo                                                      

Population: 5,384,000 people, ranking 8/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 83,456 km[2]

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Economic Overview

Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world. With GDP 1.5 the size of the UK and per capita GDP 6 times that of China, Japan remains the high-tech powerhouse economy of Asia. With the second highest spending worldwide on R&D, a hunger for IP and new trends, and an increasingly globalised outlook, Japanese companies remain amongst the most valuable and technologically advanced in the world. Japan’s major growth driver is exports despite external demand accounting for 16% of its total GDP.

Okinawa Prefecture

OKINAWA PREFECTURE

Main City: Naha

Population: 1,434,000 people, ranking 25/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 2,271 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

Kagoshima Prefecture

KAGOSHIMA PREFECTURE

Main City: Kagoshima

Population: 1,649,000 people, ranking 24/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 9,132 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

Miyazaki Prefecture

MIYAZAKI PREFECTURE

Main City: Miyazaki

Population: 1,104,000 people ranking 36/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 7,735 km2 [2]

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