e-News March 2014

Dear subscriber,

Welcome to the March 2014 edition of the eubusinessinjapan.eu newsletter! In this edition we once again present to you the wide range of webpages, expert reports, and other side activities which we have released this month. A quick glance at the list below will confirm that this exciting new project has picked up speed this month with 23 webpages and expert reports released in March. This new content covers a wide range of Japan-related subjects, from Japanese business culture to Japanese agricultural biotechnology!

We hope that this new information is of interest to you, and we look forward to continuing to hear your comments and feedback over the course of this year as well as continuing to help you with your business venture in Japan.

New Webpages Released in March

In March we have released 18 webpages. These were each created by researching and compiling all freely available, recent and trustworthy online information. In addition to providing an overview of each Japanese sector, they also provide links to relevant Japanese organizations as well as a list of further reading. Have a look now!

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Trade Barriers

Trade Barriers

The Japanese market has a reputation amongst foreigners for being a closed one, but just how tight are Japan's regulations and where are their limits? Cultural differences also have a significant impact when doing business in Japan. Find out more about these topics in this section.

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About Import & Export

About Import & Export

Japan is Asia's high-tech powerhouse economy, with a GDP per person 9 times higher than that of China. The good news for those seeking to do business in or with Japan is that Japanese consumers have high levels of disposable income and its companies are keen to invest in foreign products and services. Find out more about opportunities in this sector here.

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Case Studies

Case Studies

The Japanese market is an excellent opportunity for European companies to export their products and/or services. Many European Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) import successfully to Japan. This page intends to illustrate how feasible and profitable this trade can be, by way of several case studies.

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Importing a Product or Service

Importing a Product or Service

Japan enjoys an outstanding international reputation for the quality, precision and reliability of its goods and services. A cheaper yen also makes it particularly profitable to import goods and services from Japan at the moment. Click here to find out more.

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Exporting a Product or Service

Exporting a Product or Service

Japan is an attractive export market for companies around the globe. The information contained in this section is designed to point your company in the right direction for developing an export strategy tailored to the products or services you provide.

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Business Meeting Protocol

Business Meeting Protocol

Japan is a hugely popular target for Western enterprises seeking to establish business partners. In order to successfully build a network of Japanese colleagues, proper observance of Japanese business protocol is vital. Find out more about this interesting and important topic here.

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Aerospace Technology

Aerospace Technology

Japan's aerospace industry is constantly developing and promoting its satellite systems, space development initiatives, transportation programmes and operations. The success of the Japan-made “Superbird 7” satellite is an example of Japan's improved competitiveness and progress in this field.

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Defence

Defence

Japan's export policy currently prevents the export of military goods to any foreign country. Similar restrictions apply to military technology, such as that associated with the design, production, and use of arms, but recent signs show a shift in trends as more international agreements are signed and the possibility of lifting the ban on the export of military goods is considered. 

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Defence

Defence (Aerospace)

Japan's aerospace and defence (A&D) industry is significantly limited by restrictions on arms exports, which, in addition to prohibiting the sale of arms abroad, have also had the effect of hindering the integration of Japan's defence and commercial aerospace sectors. Find out more about recent developments in this sector here. 

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Agricultural Technology

Agricultural Technology

Studies show that by 2020, most farmers in Japan will be over the age of 70. This trend means that there is high demand for machines to both improve current farming practices (by means of robotics and robotic suits) and to develop new farming methods through the use of cloud computing and automated machinery.

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Organic Produce

Organic Produce

Organic produce has been a field of great interest in Japan since the establishment of the Japanese Organic Agriculture Association (JOAA) in 1971, when people were increassingly concerned about environmental waste and contamination. Find more information on this subject here.

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Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics

As Asia's largest bioinformatics database is based in Japan, this is an important and competitive sector for the country. In particular, the application of bioinformatics to the pharmaceutical industry is the subject of significant R&D in Japan.

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Biopharmaceuticals

Biopharmaceuticals

Japan is already the second largest pharmaceuticals market in the world. As a result of the country's ageing population, there is a continuous increase in societal healthcare awareness. Japan has a number of internationally operating research companies that are actively looking for collaboration opportunities with new and innovative pharmaceutical companies.

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Biotechnology in Agriculture

Biotechnology in Agriculture

Japan is currently the world's largest per-capita importer of biotechnology-produced foods and feeds. Japan imports some 15 million tonnes of corn and 3 million tonnes of soybeans per annum, about 75% of which is produced using biotechnology. Find out more about this biotechnology subsector here.

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Plastics

Plastics

The Japanese plastics sector is stable and balanced in terms of the proportion of production to demand. Furthermore, Japan's strength in this sector is highlighted by the fact that total export volume significantly outweighs that of imports. Notably, international trade is primarily with other Asian countries.

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Forestry

Forestry

The value of Japan's whole forestry production sector was 416.6 billion yen in 2011, a 1% decrease from the previous year. This sector is mainly composed of two products: wood and mushrooms. Wood production accounts for 46% of the sector, while mushroom production accounts for 52%. Find out more about the Japanese forestry sector here.

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Paper & Packaging

Paper & Packaging

According to the Japan Paper Association, the total value of the pulp and paper industry in 2010 was 7.1 trillion yen and in 2011, Japan was the world's third biggest manufacturer of paper and paperboard after the USA and China. However, the production of paper and paperboard in Japan has decreased significantly since 2008 onwards.

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Private Security

Private Security

In recent years, the private security sector has become increasingly important and is emerging as a major player in the Japanese economy. Here we will try to define which activities are covered by the private security industries, why this sector is growing, as well identifying the opportunities and the strengths of the Japanese market. 

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New Reports released in March

This month we have released 4 expert reports. Once again, these reports have been written by a wide range of international experts in their fields. Please have a look!

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Report: Paper & Packaging

Report: Paper & Packaging

This report covers the paper, paper products and packaging industries in Japan. The report will outline and explain current trends affecting the Japanese paper industry as well as the overall shrinking of the market in Japan. This report will also highlight lucrative opportunities in the Japanese Paper & Packaging markets.

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Report: Japanese Plastic Products and Components

Report: Japanese Plastic Products and Components

This report presents the Japanese plastic products and components sectors. It It provides market analyses, naming the industry's main players and identifying important trends within the Japanese plastics market  for foreign companies. The report also considers the importance distribution networks and provides a list of Japanese plastics importers, related organisations and trade fairs.

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Report: Export Legal & Regulatory Issues

Report: Export Legal & Regulatory Issues

This report provides information to European businesses wishing to export their products in Japan with a view to helping them avoid some of the most common pitfalls. It will help European companies to expand their businesses in Japan and get to grips with the basics of Japanese market standards, export regulations and legal issues.

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Report: Biotechnology-related Food and Agricultural Products in Japan

Report: Biotechnology-related Food and Agricultural Products in Japan

This report provides an overview of the agricultural biotechnology sector in Japan. It offers information and advice for EU SMEs interested in breaking into the Japanese agricultural biotechnology market; a summary of Japanese government regulations in this area and what steps EU SMEs will need to take in order to satisfy them; and summaries of the Japanese food and agriculture products and production sectors.

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New e-Learning Resources Released in March

In addition to our newly-released webpages and expert reports, we are pleased to present to you a new e-learning video entitled "Effective Collaboration with the Japanese".

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Presentation: Effective Collaboration with the Japanese

This presentation will introduce you to the various cultural and behavioural differences between Japanese and European cultures and how they may impact on your business dealings with Japan. You will gain an insight into Japanese management practices, decision making processes, and how to best collaborate with Japanese leadership and organisational structures.

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