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US and Japanese scientists receive 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine!

Kyoto University Nobel Prize Team 2018 (source - twitter)

Kyoto University Nobel Prize Team 2018 (source – twitter)

 

“James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their groundbreaking work in cancer immunotherapy. Cancerous tumors are notoriously skilled at dodging our immune systems. That’s because our immune systems typically fight off foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses, and mostly ignore the cells created within our bodies — which include cancer cells.”  (Source: PBS)

Another Nobel Prize for 京大 – Kyoto University (Japan)!!

 

More details from:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/james-allison-and-tasuku-honjo-cancer-immunotherapy-trailblazers-take-home-2018-nobel-prize-in-medicine

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JAXA: A Japanese probe (Hayabusa-2) has successfully landed 2 exploration micro-robots on the “Ryugu” asteroïd!

© Fournis par AFP Cette image de l'agence spatiale japonaise (JAXA) publiée par Jiji Press le 21 septembre 2018 montre les micro-robots qui vont se poser sur un astéroïde à 3 milliards de km de la Terre, pour tenter de mieux comprendre les origines de la vie

© Fournis par AFP Cette image de l’agence spatiale japonaise (JAXA) publiée par Jiji Press le 21 septembre 2018 montre les micro-robots qui vont se poser sur un astéroïde à 3 milliards de km de la Terre, pour tenter de mieux comprendre les origines de la vie

 

Asteroid RYUGU (Source: JAXA picture)

Asteroid RYUGU (Source: JAXA picture)

 

” Une sonde japonaise largue deux micro-robots d’exploration au-dessus d’un astéroide.

La sonde japonaise Hayabusa-2 a largué vendredi deux micro-robots au-dessus d’un astéroide  (Ryugu) sur lequel ces engins sont censé se poser pour recueillir des informations sur la naissance du système solaire et l’origine de la vie.

Si ces robots Minerva de deuxième génération parviennent à  destination et font leur travail, il s’agira du premier succès mondial pour ce type de mission, après une précédente tentative japonaise ratée en 2005.” (Source: AFP)

 

More details (in French) from:

https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/actualite/technologie-digital/une-sonde-japonaise-largue-deux-micro-robots-dexploration-au-dessus-dun-astéroïde/ar-AAAr7vh?ocid=spartanntp

 

More details (in English) about the JAXA Project:

http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/hayabusa2/topics.html#topics12394

 


Panasonic is moving its EU headquarters to Amsterdam ahead of Brexit


“We cannot wait”: Panasonic is moving its EU headquarters to Amsterdam ahead of Brexit” tells us Panasonic Europe’s CEO Laurent Abadie. We have been studying this for almost one year, and evaluating everything, and then we decided a few months ago to move forward. He added that the company had examined potential tax issues, as well as its ability to move goods and capital, before deciding that it had to move.

Abadie added that, for many Japanese companies, the UK has long served as an entry door to the European market. “After Brexit, the UK cannot be the entry door to Europe any more, that’s a fact.”   (Quarz)

 

More details from:
https://qz.com/1374524/panasonic-europe-ceo-laurent-abadie-announces-that-the-corportate-headquarter-will-move-from-the-uk-to-amsterdam-from/


The EU–Japan EPA (Economic Partnership Agreement) is signed!!

EU-Japan Trade

EU-Japan Trade

“History was made in Tokyo on 17 July 2018. At the 25th EU–Japan Summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, for the long-awaited signing of the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It is set to become the world’s largest bilateral agreement, covering 600 million people and nearly a third of global trade.

Formal negotiations began in 2013 and were finally concluded last December. The initial aims of the agreement were to solidify the economic relationship between the EU and Japan by removing tariffs, creating more transnational business opportunities and promoting job creation. However, in the political context of 2018, the EPA also represents the ongoing commitment of both the EU and Japan to free trade, fair trade and friendship.”  (source: EURO Biz)

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So, if you intend to do business with Japan in 2018 onwards, we recommend you to read one of our books:

“The Ultimate Survival Guide for Business in Japan” (http://www.gbmc.biz/survival-guide–e-book.html)

“Mastering Japan Business” (http://www.gbmc.biz/mastering-japan-business–e-book.html)

“Bridges to Japanese Business Etiquette” (http://www.gbmc.biz/bridges-to-japanese-business-etiquette–e-book.html)

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More details about the agreement from:

https://eurobiz.jp/ebc-update/its-official/

 


Franco-Japan relations: 160 years on celebrate “Japonism 2018”

Article by E. Motoko Inui
Cross-Culture Advisor / Japan Market Consultant / Researcher
GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting)

 

Franco-Japan relations: 160 years on celebrate “Japonism 2018”

Franco-Japan relations: 160 years on celebrate “Japonism 2018”

by E. Motoko Inui Cross-Culture Advisor / Japan Market Consultant / Researcher GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting)

by E. Motoko Inui
Cross-Culture Advisor / Japan Market Consultant / Researcher
GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting)

 

2018 celebrate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between France and Japan.

In 1858, Japan has opened up its door to the Western world and signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in Edo (the former Tokyo).  Until then, most of the relation Japan had with the western countries were limited to mainly Portugal, Dutch and the U.K.

Since the signing of the treaty, the relation has extended into culture as well as trade.

Japan has taken part in the Universal exposition in 19th centuries, where many examples of Japanese arts and crafts were exhibited in great numbers for the first time outside the country.  There were collectors and artists who showed great interest in Japanese prints and decorative arts for example, such enthusiasm for Japanese Arts and craft was to become known as “Japonism”.  Many great French Impressionists have collected Japanese prints and took some form of influence from it.  In the same way, many artists in Japan working in the early  20th century were keen to include new method of working from the west into their work as well. 

Other form of arts and culture in exchanges were in Cinema, literature, Manga, Animation and Cuisine. In regards to culinary and fashion, Japan has gone through major changes in the last century taking in vast influences from the west.  There were many expats and tourists from Japan coming to European countries especially in the 80s. There were considerably decreased in the 90s due to the economic depression in Japan. But since it’s gradual recovery, many European countries still ranks at the top of the holiday destination abroad. 

 

With the Free Trade Agreement and Economic Cooperation being finalised, the trade would inevitably increase between the European countries and Japan as well as cooperation in other area of the economy.  Working together in the mutual problem of the society like in renewable energy and security to name a few.

In regards to the security concern in the world, France and Japan has recently signed a bilateral agreement of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement which will deepen security cooperation.  The mutual area of concern is maintaining “a free and open Indo-Pacific” and is aiming to strengthen coordination in maritime issues based on the rules of law in protecting the region.   Free and open seas are the foundation for the peace and prosperity of the international trade. 

2018 celebrate the 160th anniversary of bilateral relation between France and Japan.  Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force took part in the Bastille Day parade in Paris in July.   France celebrates Japanese culture with 8 month festival covering various topics in different locations throughout the country.   

 


Lecture Economique Histoire Japon, Book, Philippe Huysveld

“Lecture Economique de l’Histoire du Japon”

“Japan Series”: Livre/Book 1

an (e)Book (in French) about the History of the Japanese Economy

This (e)Book, by Philippe Huysveld of GBMC, is intended for students studying Japanese language or commerce , as well as for the motivated reader interested in the History and the Economy of Japan.

Source: Lecture Economique Histoire Japon, Book, Philippe Huysveld


What are the consequences of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for you?

EU – GDPR

“The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is making the biggest change to data privacy law since many years. All organisations which hold or process personal information need to comply from 25 May 2018. 

Data protection laws have always been designed to protect people’s privacy while deriving the benefits for business and public bodies of a data-rich society. However, with the amounts of data flowing in the digital age, the current regime is no longer fit for purpose.

Increased connectivity and the growth of digital services and social media mean people are widely sharing their personal information with multiple organisations and companies.

High-profile data breaches across the corporate world have shown the need to tighten data security.  Increased individual concerns over what businesses are doing with private information have also grown.

On 25 May 2018, a new European-wide regulation – known as GDPR – will come into force. This will see the law get stricter on the collection and handling of personal data.”  (Entreprise Europe Network/EU Commission)

Read more details from:

https://een.ec.europa.eu/news/data-protection-one-month-gdpr

 


Honda Jet and Japan’s Business Jet Market: MoU signed between Honda Aircraft and ANA!

HondaJet (Picture – Flightglobal & Honda Aircraft)

 

“ANA Holdings and Honda Aircraft Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft’s technologically advanced HondaJet.

ANA, which currently operates about 260 commercial airplanes throughout the world, will introduce current business jet users and its commercial flight customers to the HondaJet by maximizing the utilization of the aircraft. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting them to the existing broad network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe.”

Read more from: http://speednews.com/Article/115754?&timeout=1

 


Update on Wind Power Energy in Japan (2018)

Mitsubishi floating concept

Mitsubishi floating concept

“Several issues need to be resolved so that we can develop wind power faster and introduce it on a much larger scale” (EUROBIZ Japan Newsletter)

If interested, read more from:

https://eurobiz.jp/feature/winds-of-change/

Or also check our Report:

https://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/library/publication/report-renewable-energies-japan

Or our LI post:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reporting-renewable-energies-japan-philippe-huysveld-ir-mba/


GBMC’s Interviews highlihting #Japanese companies presence in #Europe are online now! 

GBMC’s Interviews highlihting #Japanese companies presence in #Europe are online now! Check out:
www.gbmc.biz/gbmc-interviews.html#

Source: GBMC Interviews Section, Europe Japan Relations


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