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Report: Smart Cities in Japan

About the Report 

This report assesses the potential for EU-Japan cooperation and business development within the smart cities sector and investigates the Japanese Smart City policy, from the context in which it is embedded to the different types of projects that have been initiated. This report also analyses the sectors in which European companies could contribute to incremental improvement in energy efficiency technology and services at the scale of communities.

Report: Cluster Mapping in Japan 2016

About the Report

Following a first mapping attempt in 2013, the EU-Japan Centre proceeded, in 2016, with a new screening online in order to identify new clusters and better assess already existing ones identified in 2013. 
Hence, this report suggests that Japan benefits from an important cluster community (at least 52 cluster organisations in 2016), mostly operating in Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Healthcare, Medical and Welfare sectors (28/52), and in other sectors, such as Electronics, Environment, ICT, Automotive and Aerospace.

20-10-15 to 20-10-15 | 09:30 h - 11:00h

ICT mission to Japan pre-departure briefing

N.B. This webinar is only open to participants in our October 2015 "ICT Cluster Mission to Japan"

26 - 30 October EU-level ICT mission to Japan

About the mission

29-09-15 to 29-09-15 | 09:30 h - 11:00h

Biotech mission to Japan pre-departure briefing

N.B. This webinar is only open to participants in our October 2015 "Biotech Cluster and SME Mission to Japan"

12 - 16 October EU-level biotech mission to Japan

About the mission

Public offer to empirically test robotics technologies in ‘Fukushima Hamadori Robotics Demonstrative area’

On April 1st, METI has announced a public offer inviting companies, universities and research institutes to take part in a demonstrative field project concerning robot-technologies to deal with disasters. For this purpose it has set up the so-called ‘Fukushima Hamadori Robotics Demonstrative Area’ in disaster stricken Fukushima Prefecture.

Foreign companies and institutions with advanced technologies are also invited to tender for his project and test their technologies through demonstrative experiments. 

Article: San-gaku-kan renkei: the Triple Helix Concept in Japan

Article written by Lyckle Griek, Owner, Japan Unlimited Consultants & Liaisons, Workum, Netherlands

Similar to Europe, government, business and research institutions in Japan are active in tapping the potential of the so-called ‘Triple Helix’. A large number of networks of ‘San’ (Industry), ‘Gaku’ (Academia) and ‘Kan’ (Gov­ernment) are closely cooperating in order to generate an innovative business-cycle based upon academic research.

Report: A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement in Japan

About the Report

This report examines Japan’s intellectual property system, outlining Japan-specific intellectual property rights, instructions for applying to Japan’s patent office, as well as the enforcement of intellectual property rights in Japan. The report also explains several important differences between Japanese and EU law concerning intellectual property rights.

About Innovation

In recent years, Japan has established initiatives centred on the advancement of innovation in response to increasing global competition and the growth of emerging countries.

Clusters

Since the early 2000s, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have been promoting the “Knowledge Cluster Initiative” and the “Industrial Cluster Project” as a means to re

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