Read/Lisez “Lecture Economique de l’Histoire du Japon”, un eBook de Philippe Huysveld

an eBook, in French, about the History of the Japanese Economy, by Philippe Huysveld, GBMC

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Ultimate Survival Guide Business Japan, Philippe Huysveld

eBook by Philippe Huysveld, GBMC, targeted at executives of companies approaching the Japanese Market, already exporting to or established in Japan

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Videos, Events, GBMC, Global Business Management Consulting

“MESSE NAGOYA 2016 Pre-Departure Workshop”

at CEEVO offices, Cergy-Pontoise, France (Octobre 6th 2016):

Check out here our Videos and Speaking Events, webinars, conferences, workshops

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Europe-Japan Cross-cultural Training, GBMC Consulting

We offer in-house, company specific seminars, customised and on site, as well as open business seminars, standard and open to all, in Paris and Brussels

Source: Europe-Japan Cross-cultural Training, GBMC Consulting


IP protection in Japan: “to submit or not to submit a patent, that’s the question”

Par Metiipr — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons)https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48284951

Par Metiipr — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, (Wikimedia Commons)https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48284951

 

“The filing budgets of many international companies have been reduced since the financial crisis in 2008, and a proportionately greater share of these financial resources is now being allocated to protecting innovations against infringements taking place in China.

The question of where to submit a patent depends on the size of the market, the presence of competitors and the existence of manufacturing bases.

With most manufacturing now being done in China, European companies are more motivated to first submit there, says Ayato Susaki, chief consultant and group leader of the Innovation and Industrial Strategy Group for the Science and Safety Policy Research Division at Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo.

“It also makes sense to submit patents in jurisdictions with many pirated goods, in order to protect against [pirating],” he says.

Felix R. Einsel of Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office in Tokyo is a patent attorney with a licence to jointly litigate cases with other attorneys at law in Japan. He points to inadequacies with the court system in Japan as one of the main reasons those European companies that file frequently in Europe choose not to do so in Japan.

IP protection is supposed to be enforced when an infringement occurs, as lawsuits can be filed with the possibility of damages being awarded by the courts. But in Japan, damages are relatively low, sometimes making court cases little more than a costly exercise.

In Germany, on the other hand, the party that loses the case is required to pay the legal fees of the winning party. Doing so ensures that the patent owner can recover any damages in a true sense.

In Japan, patent infringement cases normally cost between ¥20 million (€162,000) and ¥40 million (€325,000), and each party pays their own legal fees.

Japanese companies also often prefer to reach a settlement before going to court. Einsel highlights the cultural aspects of such a move, especially since companies that sue each other may have a working relationship in other fields that are just as important to them.”     (Source: EUROBIZ News)

 

So, unless the IP court system is improved  and more effective (in a “kaizen” approach), is it really worth going to court for a patent row in Japan, the land of the “consensus”? What is your experience or opinion?

Read more from:

http://eurobiz.jp/feature/better-courts-better-protection/

 


EU-Japan FTA: towards Open Markets and Stronger Economies!

EU-Japan Trade

EU-Japan Trade

 

EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska:

“If we can work together effectively on the basis of open markets, our economies will gain, our businesses will gain, and our consumers will gain,” insisted EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska in her speech at the EU-Japan Business Round Table in Tokyo to an audience that included Japanese Cabinet Ministers and businesspeople.

“The free trade agreement that we are negotiating will stimulate growth on both sides.

She noted that there are those who believe markets and borders should be shut, but pointed to the fact that this has not worked historically. If Japan and the EU are to move forward and grow economically, these voices of opposition must be proven wrong; and in order to do this, both entities must work closely together.”    (EUROBIZ News)

 

Very well. Enough negotiations: When will a deal be signed?? Meanwhile, because of  higher trade tariffs, Europeans companies are loosing ground (market shares) in Japan to US rivals and others!!

Read more from:

http://eurobiz.jp/qa/open-markets-stronger-economies/

and

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/eu-japan-epa-why-europe-needs-finalise-deal-right-now-philippe?trk=mp-reader-card

 

 


Brexit: relocate to and invest in Paris and Brussels areas!!

UK

UK

EU

EU

 

Well, as you know, the British people have decided to leave the EU-28! So be it.

What will be the new (trade/financial) relations between UK and the EU-27 is still unclear but we already know that some banks, multinationals and investors (some of them being Japanese) will/might relocate or move part of their activities to Paris, Frankfurt or other EU cities (like Brussels). For example, HSBC bank announced its plan to shift 1000 jobs to Paris. JP Morgan will also move thousands of jobs to continental Europe.

So, it is the right  timing now to review the “Top 10 reasons to invest in Paris area”:

http://parisregionentreprises.org/en/about-paris-region/top-10-reasons-invest-paris-region

as well as the “9 Good reasons to invest in Belgium”:

9 Good reasons to invest in Belgium

Also check our previous post on this Blog:

https://gbmc-blog.biz/2016/05/09/eu-exit-would-make-uk-less-attractive-to-investors-says-japans-pm/

as well as our own (home-made) “European Countries Profile Handbook series”:

http://www.gbmc.biz/countries-handbook–report-.html

 

So what is your company waiting for? What do you think?

 


The “Gigafactory”: Tesla Motors and PANASONIC working on mass-producing Lithium Ion Batteries!!

The Gigafactory Project (Picture - Tesla Motors)

The Gigafactory Project (Picture – Tesla Motors)

 

“With a planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support our projected vehicle demand.

Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada, and we expect to begin cell production in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will reach full capacity and produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.

In cooperation with Panasonic and other strategic partners, the Gigafactory will produce batteries for significantly less cost using economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing process under one roof. We expect to drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. The Gigafactory will also be powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy.

The name Gigafactory comes from the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh).”  (Tesla Motors)

 

Great Project and Vision! Congratulations to both Tesla and Matsushita (PANASONIC) for this “environment-friendly” business plan!!

 

Read more from:

https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/gigafactory

https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/blog/panasonic-and-tesla-sign-agreement-gigafactory

 

 


Fully automated vehicles excluded from tests on Japan’s public roads

Google-Self-Driving-Car (Picture - Digital Trends)

Google-Self-Driving-Car (Picture – Digital Trends)

 

“The first guidelines on public road tests of self-driving vehicles, released by the National Police Agency (NPA), exclude fully automated cars without a steering wheel or driver.

The NPA’s recommendations say tests should be conducted with cars that have a driver behind the wheel to ensure safety and compliance with the road traffic law.

The government sees promoting the technology used in self-driving cars as a key to economic growth.

The police agency’s guidelines call for using “black boxes” on test cars to record all data and, in case of an accident, ascertaining the cause and taking corrective measures before test drives are resumed.

The NPA is expected to set up a panel of experts this summer to examine issues surrounding possible legislative reforms for this new technology, such as who would be legally responsible in case of an accident, the need to adapt the driver’s license system for self-driving cars and how to take measures against hacking cars.

The government has developed a classification system under which full self-driving automation is designated as level 4, in which the car is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions.”  (The Japan Times)

 

Should driverless cars be one day on the road? Will such cars be reliable enough for that? Should we rely so much on Machines and Technology? What do you think?

Read more from:  Fully automated vehicles excluded from tests on Japan’s public roads

 


Panasonic ends production of LCD (TV) panels in Japan!

PANASONIC's VIERA-x1-LCD-series

PANASONIC’s VIERA-x1-LCD-series

 

“Panasonic Corp. has decided to withdraw from TV panel production amid fierce competition from foreign rivals, in particular in China and South Korea, company sources said Tuesday.

The Osaka-based company will end production at its sole liquid crystal display plant in the city of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, by the end of September, as it expects no improvement in its profitability.

Panasonic’s withdrawal will leave Sharp Corp. as the sole Japanese electronics maker making LCD panels for TVs in Japan.

Although Panasonic will halt TV panel production, it will continue making LCD TVs using panels procured from manufacturers in South Korea and elsewhere, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Panasonic will continue producing LCD panels for other purposes and bolster the LCD businesses for vehicles and medical devices, where growth is expected.”  (Japan Times)

 

Another blow for Audio-Video & Electronics Manufacturing in Japan! Is this a business of the past? What do you think?

 

Read more from:  Panasonic ends production of LCD (TV) panels in Japan!

 


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