e-News October 2014

Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of the eubusinessinjapan.eu newsletter. As always, in this month’s issue you will find a list of all the webpages and expert reports which have been released this month. In addition, you will also find information on the centre’s planned webinars for November. We hope that this information continues to be of interest to you, and we look forward to your continued participation in this project!Kind regards,The EuBusinessinJapan.eu team.

New Webpages Released in October

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

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Eco Construction

Eco Construction

Japanese houses are mostly new and largely designed to only last for roughly 30 years. Energy consumption patterns differ greatly from those in Europe, as do house buying patterns. To find out more about this dynamic sector, please click on the link below:

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Stones & Tiles

Stones & Tiles

Demand for building stone in Japan is influenced by peaks and troughs in the construction industry. Both small and large companies exist in Japan and they have different needs (e.g. raw or processed materials) and different kinds of buyers. Furthermore, the Japanese construction industry has very high expectations in terms of size accuracy, stone quality and processing accuracy. Please click on the link below to find out more:

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Semiconductors

Semiconductors

Until 2003, more than a quarter of the international semiconductor market was dominated by suppliers based in Japan. In the 1990s the phenomenon of digitalisation led to the global standardisation of semiconductors.  As a result, Japan’s semiconductor sector turned inward and continued to produce its own products. For more information, please click on the link below:

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Machine Tools

Machine Tools

Japan is the world’s second-largest producer of machine tools. It is also the largest exporter of machine tools. Japanese strength in this sector is vital to the competitiveness of other industries given their function as ‘mother machines’, those capable of producing other machines. Detailed information on production, imports, exports and the industry’s main players is outlined in this section.

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Steel and Aluminium

Steel and Aluminium

Japan is one of the largest aluminium importers in Asia; its transportation and automobile industries have particularly large aluminium requirements. Japan is also the world’s second largest steel producer, as well as the second biggest steel-exporting country in Asia (mostly to China, South Korea and Thailand). To meet demand, it is no surprise that Japan is also one of the world's three largest iron ore importers. More information about these sectors can be found here.

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Rare Earths and Metals

Rare Earths and Metals

Access to rare earth metals is crucial for maintaining Japan’s competitive edge in the manufacturing industry. These elements are used for advanced industries such as electronics, automotive and information technology. Thirty-one ores are designated as rare metals that are important for Japan to secure a stable supply. Please click on the link below to find out more:

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New Reports Released in October

This month, we have released two expert reports. Please feel free to consult them by clicking on the links below:

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Report: Recycling & Waste Management

Report: Recycling & Waste Management

This report evaluates Japan’s waste management and recycling industries. The report focusses particularly on Japanese government regulations and industry standards as well as commonly used strategies and cooperation methods between different actors in the Japanese recycling and waste management sectors. This report also offers several case studies as well as useful information for EU SMEs interested in establishing themselves in this market.

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Report: Selling Semiconductor Products and Supplies to Japan

Report: Selling Semiconductor Products and Supplies to Japan

This report describes the semiconductor industry in Japan, Japan’s main semiconductor manufacturers and largest suppliers of semiconductor equipment. It goes on to provide advice for European companies wishing to break into the Japanese semiconductor market, as well as a list of Japan’s better known semiconductor distributors for large foreign semiconductor manufacturers. The report also recommends that European companies should be particularly attentive when it comes to language barriers in Japan.

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Upcoming "About Japan" Webinars in November

In this newsletter we have decided to include a list of next month’s webinars. As you can see, they will cover a wide variety of interesting and dynamic Japanese business sectors which are highly relevant to EU SMEs operating in these sectors and targeting the Japanese market. To find out how to register for these webinars, please click on the links below:

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Webinar 26: Technical Textile Industry in Japan

What are the main trends and characteristics of the Japanese technical textile sector? 

This webinar will provide an overview of recent trends within this promising and rapidly developing sector, and in particular on the growing emphasis on healthy, environmentally friendly technical textiles among Japan's major manufacturers.  It will also evaluate the long-term viability of the Japanese technical textile sector, arguing that its future lies in innovative, niche variations.

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Webinar 27: Dental Devices & Materials in Japan

What are the main macro trends shaping the Dental Devices and Material Market in Japan and what are important future trends for the industry?

This webinar will provide an overview of the current Dental Devices and Materials market in Japan, considering macro trends impacting the market and broader factors such as products, key market drivers, restraints and future opportunities such as those presented by Japan’s ageing population.

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Webinar 28: Nanotechnology in Japan

What do I need to know about the Japanese nanotechnology sector, and where might there be opportunities for me to enter this market?

This webinar will provide you with vital information and key insights about the Nanotechnology sector in Japan. Building on topics that have been touched upon previously in our webinar series, this webinar will discuss the various applications of nanotechnology in Japan and will give pertinent advice to EU SMEs about how to take the first steps into this exciting and promising sector in Japan.

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Nanotech Japan Cluster and SME Mission - Last Call for Applications

The EU-Japan Centre has extended the application deadline for its latest "Cluster and SME support mission to Japan" until the 28th of November.

This 5-day mission will focus on the Nanotech sector and will consist of market-specific business seminars, group company visits, one-on-one meetings at a targeted trade fair with showcasing and networking events to maximise opportunities for EU participants. In addition, the mission will provide EU clusters with the opportunity to benchmark with their Japanese counterparts during a dedicated cluster session. Next year's mission will be organised on the fringes of the “Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference ” which will take place in Tokyo Big Sight, Japan in January 2015. For more details about how to apply, please click here.

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Press Review: October 2014

Press Review: October 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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