e-News November 2014

Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the eubusinessinjapan.eu e-newsletter! In this month's issue, you will continue to find a list of all webpages and expert reports which we have published during November. In addition, you will also find a few new items which we hope will be of interest to you. Over the coming months we will be changing the format of this newsletter so that we can continue to provide useful content for EU companies interested in Japan. Thank you for your interest and keep on watching this space!

Kind regards,

The EUBusinessinJapan.eu team.

New Webpages Released in November

This month we have released 6 webpages, please click on the links below to access them:

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Hospital Procurement

Hospital Procurement

In a 2011 research survey of Japanese hospitals, three-quarters of surveyed hospitals said they were “dissatisfied” with current practices of purchase and procurement of medicines and medical devices in Japan.  For more information about the conditions of this sector, please click on the link below.

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Medical & Dental Devices

Medical & Dental Devices

Japan’s medical technology market is valued at approximately €21.5 billion, and comprises approximately 10% of the global market. This makes it the third largest market for medical devices worldwide, after the US and the European Union. Furthermore, the size of Japan’s medical technology market has doubled in the last 25 years, and imports of foreign medical devices have soared. This page will provide you with further information on Japan’s Medical and Dental device markets. Please click on the link below for more information.

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Ceramic & Glass

Ceramic & Glass

Japan’s traditional craft industries, ceramic and glass-making, have recently found new applications in the automotive and aerospace sectors as well as in the production of technological devices. Although the glass & ceramic sector is facing several challenges, such as the progressive recovery after the earthquake and the need for strategic raw materials, Japan remains a leading country in the ceramics and glass fields.

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Polymers

Polymers

Common polymers include rubber and carbon fibre. These two types, which are particularly relevant in Japan, will be the focus of this section. To find out more, please click on the link below:

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Leather

Leather

The Japan’s leather market is dominated by China, which supplies many low-end products. However, European countries, such as Italy, France or Germany retain an important share of the market specialising in high-end leather goods and providing a quality of products that is favourably regarded by the Japanese customer. The market is also regulated by voluntary standards and specific labelling measures that ensure high quality products for end users.

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Silk

Silk

Silk production has an almost 2000-year history in Japan and is closely associated with one of the most easily recognisable symbols of the country’s culture and tradition: the kimono.  In the present day, scientific institutes are investing money in R&D in order to develop new alternative uses for silk worms within the pharmaceutical sector. Click the link below to find out more:

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New Reports Released in November

This month we have released 2 expert reports, you can find out more information about them by clicking on the links below:

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Report: Dental Devices and Materials in Japan

Report: Dental Devices and Materials in Japan

This report offers an in-depth analysis of the dental devices and materials market in Japan. The report begins by outlining various macro-trends in Japan’s economy and society which are impacting upon its dental devices and materials markets. This report also offers a prediction of future trends within the dental devices and materials market in Japan, and highlights various subsectors which are likely to grow significantly in the coming years. Click the link below to read on.

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Report: Technical Textile Market in Japan

Report: Technical Textile Market in Japan

This report provides an overview of trends and opportunities within the Japanese technical textile sector. It discusses the significant growth which the technical textiles industry has recently enjoyed in Japan as well as the increasing demand for technological innovations within this sector in Japan. This report will also - among other things - outline and discuss the growing emphasis on healthy, environmentally friendly technical textiles among Japan's major manufacturers. 

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New Article Published in November

In addition to the above webpages and expert reports, we have also released an article on “Direct Sales Entry Strategies in Japan” by our expert Mr Philippe Huysveld. Please click on the link below to access this article.

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Partnership Opportunities: Japanese Company of the Month

Each month on this page we will be introducing profiles of Japanese companies that are looking for EU partners. 

EU-Japan SME support & partnership opportunities are provided by the Enterprise Europe Network division of the EU-Japan Centre.

New profiles of Japanese companies looking for partnership opportunities in the EU are available at our EEN-Japan website.

November 2014 Profile

A Japanese research institute corporation, specialised in the Asian steel market, is seeking to reach a services agreement with a consulting company or an institute, who has an information network among the automotive industry in the EU. They are looking for up-to-date information on the application of lightweight materials, such as resin, composite (CFRP), aluminium (Al) and magnesium (Mg) in the EU automotive market.

Please click on the following link for more details: http://een-japan.eu/content/jp-automotive.

Should you be interested in this profile please contact us at info-eu@eu-japan.eu indicating: “Profile of the month BRJP20141117001” in the subject of the mail.

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Announcement: Webinar #27 Rescheduled for January 2015

We would also like to confirm that our “About Japan” Webinar on the topic of “Dental Devices and Materials in Japan” has been rescheduled for Tuesday the 13th of January 2015 at 10.30 am Brussels time. Please click on the link below to register for this webinar. Those of you who have already registered for the original webianr do not need to re-register.

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Press Review: October 2014

Press Review: November 2014

In this section you will find a digest of some of the most interesting Japan-related articles which we have found on the internet in the last month. These online articles which were published on English-language Japanese news sites over the past month cover a wide variety of business-related topics. These articles are also being tweeted via the EU-Japan Centre's official twitter account. Please follow us on twitter to receive regular updates!

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