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Issue No.59 (April 2011)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

1. Report: Great East Japan Earthquake
2. News: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Establishes a Sales Company in EU
3. Event: JR Tokai maglev, Train Park Opens in Greater Nagoya
4.  Entertainment: Agriculture – Moku Moku Farm – Mini Pig Race
1. Report: Great East Japan Earthquak

The radiation in Greater Nagoya region due to the Great East Japan earthquake is discussed in this article.

Concern has been expressed about possible radioactive contamination of Japanese products due to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plants accident caused by Greater East Japan earthquake. The government of Japan has announced radiation measurements taken in each prefecture, which are given in the links below. These measurements show that the radiation levels in the Greater Nagoya area (Aichi, Gifu, Mie prefecture, which includes Nagoya-city) are well within the normal variation for this area.

Greater Nagoya is supplied by the Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and the company is providing reliable electricity without any effect of the earthquake and manufacturing operations in the Greater Nagoya area continue to operate normally.

[[Great East Japan Earthquake related info:]]
Countermeasures for the Great East Japan Earthquake – Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
http://k antei.go.jp/foreign/incident/index.html

Radiation in Daily Life (March 15th, 2011)
Page 1 explains the amount of radiation exposure in daily life.
Page 2 explains the amount of radiation exposed in each prefecture.

Environmental radioactivity level
http://www.mext.go.jp/english/radioactivity_level/ detail/1303962.htm

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

2.  News: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Establishes a Sales Company in EU

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced that the company established a locally incorporated, solely-owned subsidiary in Amsterdam, Netherlands for its products, Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Business starts in May. Europe is the second largest market for regional jet aircraft, following the United States. The U.S. subsidiary began to do business in November 2008.

The market for regional jets with less than 100 seats is big in Europe since the continent has a lot of demand for regional transportation to fly between European countries.

The company determined that a location for sales, public relations, and information gathering in the area is necessary. It will also promote the sales to the Middle East and Africa where the market expansion is expected as well.

The Europe Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, and with a capital investment of 500,000 Euro (about 60 million yen). The office starts with 4 people from May 1. The company decided Amsterdam because this location is in a similar time zone compared to their clients.

[[Overview of the new company]] (as of April, 2011)
Company Name: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Europe B.V.
Major Activities: Securing orders and sales activities, gathering information and conducting public relations for the European, Middle Eastern, and African regional market
Business Opening Day: Currently scheduled on May 1, 2011
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Capital: 500,000 EUR
Shareholder composition: Solely owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
President: Akinori Kojima
(Currently Manager in Sales and Marketing Department European region)
Number of Employees: 4 (at the time of establishment)

Reference: http://www.mrj- japan.com/press_releases/news_110404.html

3.   Event: JR Tokai Maglev, Train Park Opens in Greater Nagoya

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) opened the SC Maglev and Railway Park in Greater Nagoya on 14 March 2011.

The museum features 39 full-size railway vehicles and one bus exhibit, train cab simulators, and railway model dioramas. The park features an N700 bullet train simulator that has the same cockpit as a real bullet train. The simulator lets guests operate the accelerator and brake pedals as its large video screen shows scenery changing as if viewed from the windows of the real thing.

The exhibits enable visitors to learn the mechanics behind the bullet train and Superconducting Maglev, as well as the history of railways.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:30 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Admission Fee: Adult 1,000 yen / Children 500 yen
Address: 3-2-2, Kinjofuto, Minato-ku Nagoya, Aichi Pref. 455-0848 Japan
Official URL: http://museum.jr- central.co.jp/en/
4.   Entertainment: Agriculture – Moku Moku Farm – Mini Pig Race

Moku Moku Farm is a farm, which has themes of nature, agriculture and handcrafts. In the farm, pigs and goats are milling around in the spacious ground. There is also a little playground and hammocks. You can enjoy playing and relaxing

A festival that called Ton Ton Festival will be held and will feature a mini pig race. This year, all 30 races will be held in three days, and Jockeys are recruited from the venue and seven pigs aim at the goal. Let’s vote on which pig wins.

[Event Details]:
When: May 3rd – 5th, 2011
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:30
Where: 3609 Nishiyubune, Iga, Mie Pref. 518-1392 Japan
TEL +81 595-43-0909
Fax: +81 595-43-2100
Official URL: http://www.moku-moku.com/ (Japanese only)

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