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GREATER NAGOGYA INITIATIVE Monthly Newsletter Issue No.13 (June, 2007)
Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities
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1. Event: Japan-Korea-China Industrial Fair 2007, in Seoul (Jun 13 to 16, 2007)

2. Event: China International Software & Information Service Fair in Dalian (June 20 to 24, 2007)
3. Articles on Greater Nagoya by Japan Times (May 31, 2007)
4. Medical Valley Project in Greater Nagoya
5. Centrair, Greater Nagoya’s International Airport
6. Japan’s National Sport, Grand Sumo Tournament in Greater Nagoya (July 8 to 22, 2007)
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1. Event: Japan-Korea-China Industrial Fair 2007, in Seoul (Jun 13 to 16, 2007)

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Greater Nagoya Initiative is participating in the Industrial Fair held in Seoul in Korea for the promotion of GNI. This exhibition is organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The exhibition is held in order to promote and strengthen the economic partnerships between Japan, Korea, and China. This is the second time to hold this exhibition and the first one was held in China and had participants of 596 corporations and organizations from Japan, Korea, and China with visitors of about 24,000 people in total. GNI will have our own exhibition booth in order to present the attractiveness of Greater Nagoya in terms of industry, business, and living environment. During the exhibition, symposium on “Business Alliances between Korea, China, and Japan” will also be held.

Japan-Korea-China Industrial Fair in Seoul: http://www.kjcbusinessfair.org/japan/main.asp
JETRO: http://www.jetro.go.jp/
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2. Event: China International Software & Information Service Fair in Dalian (June 20 to 24, 2007)

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Greater Nagoya Initiative is participating in China International Software & Information Service Fair (CISIS2007) held in Dailen, China. The exhibition is the only national level exhibition for software and information service industry in China approved by the Chinese government. About 800 leading corporations in these industry in China will exhibit their technology, services, and products. Greater Nagoya Initiative will place its own booth to promote Greater Nagoya’s attractiveness.

CISIS2007: http://www.cisis.com.cn/en/index.asp
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3. Full-Page Articles on Greater Nagoya in the Japan Times (May 31, 2007)

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Greater Nagoya was covered by one of the leading English-Language newspaper in Japan called “The Japan Times”. The Japan Times has the largest circulation of about 72,000 in Japan for English-Language newspaper. The newspaper is read by international business people in Japan as well as by Japanese people interested in international issues.

Articles contain different topics on Greater Nagoya such as, economy, industry, TOYOTA, historical sites and museums etc. There are stories on concentrations of leading-edge manufacturing corporations as well as advanced and new technologies developed by the small and medium sized corporations in Greater Nagoya that are well recognized in the global market. Greater Nagoya Initiative was introduced in the article that it welcomes and support foreign-affiliated corporations which bring new business and technologies from the world. There was also an article about Greater Nagoya’s museums and historical places, which shows Greater Nagoya’s appreciation for history and arts. You will be able to learn and explore more about Greater Nagoya’s strength and attractiveness.

The Japan Times: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/
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4. “Medical Valley Project” in Greater Nagoya

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Greater Nagoya’s “Medical Valley Project” is called “Mie Medical Valley” and it is a cluster organized by administration, academia, and industry in Greater Nagoya in order to create and develop medical, health and welfare industries. Since 2002, administration, academia, and industry in Greater Nagoya have been working together by cooperating with universities (such as Mie Univeristy), research institutions, and corporations in order to develop medical clusters in Greater Nagoya. For example, it works to implement R&D activities, cultivate human resource, utilize of intellectual property, create bio-venture companies, promote industrial investment, etc. With such efforts, Greater Nagoya’s “Mie Medical Valley” was ranked number 5 in 2004 and number 6 in 2005 by Nikkei Biotechnology and Business Journal, which is Japan’s major biotechnology journal.

The project is doing different cooperative and collaborative works with overseas biotechnology clusters, universities, and institutions, such as BioCon Valley in Germany, Rostock University in Germany, TLOs (Technology Licensing Offices), etc. In September 2005, Mie Meical Valley hosted the Japanese-German Conference on Regenerative Medical Treatment. In addition, it is promoting collaborations with Medicon Valley in Sweden and Denmark as well as pharmaceutical companies and universities in Shanghai and Nanjing in China.

Mie Medical Valley Project: http://www.greaternagoya.org/eng/index.php?mid=3&cid=18/
Mie University: http://www.mie-u.ac.jp/en/
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5. Centrair, Greater Nagoya’s International Airport
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In February 2005, Greater Nagoya’s new international airport called “Centrair” was opened and is the third largest airport in Japan. The airport serves as Greater Nagoya’s doorway to the world’s major cities and to destinations in Japan. The opening of the airport is contributing Greater Nagoya’s further mobility and convenience. There are 351 international flights per week to 32 cities worldwide including North America, Asia, Hawaii, Europe, and the Middle East. There are frequent flights throughout Asia; therefore, Greater Nagoya can be used as a operating base for further development of your far east operations.

There are many other features which make the airport unique and special. The access to the airport is easy by train, car, and ferry from the city centers. It takes only 28 minutes by train from Nagoya station. By car, it takes 40 minutes from the city center of Greater Nagoya. There are also high-speed ferries carry passengers to the airport. Access within the airport for connecting flights is also easy. This is because domestic and international flights arrive and depart from the same terminal building reducing transfer time. The airport is user friendly since it applies universal design. The conservation of the environment is taking into account from different aspects. It considered the environment from the planning, constriction, and management stages. For example, new energy and technologies are used for the energy conservation such as by placing photovoltaic solar-energy with1,440 solar panels (2,000m2 ) generating power of about 240kW. The airport is recognized that it is leading other airports in the world for considering environment comprehensively with leading-edge technologies. Therefore, it received the gold prize at Aichi Environment Award 2007 from Greater Nagoya’s local government for its effort to reduce environmental burden. The opening of the airport and development of other infrastructures in Greater Nagoya is further attracting companies to establish corporate headquarters and manufacturing sites in Greater Nagoya.

Centrair Airport: http://www.centrair.jp/en/index.html
Universal Design Faciliry: http://www.centrair.jp/en/service/sv-ud-facilities/index.html

Centrair’s efforts for the Environment (in Japanese only): http://www.centrair.jp/environment/index.html
The Environmental Partnership Organizing Club (EPOC): http://www.epoc.gr.jp/english/index.html
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6. Japan’s National Sport, Grand Sumo Tournament in Greater Nagoya (July 8 to July 22, 2007)
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Sumo wrestling is a martial art and is Japan’s national sport. The wrestlers only wear the loincloth (a belts worn by sumo wrestlers) compete each other within the sumo ring. One will loose if he fell into the wrestling ground or if he was pushed out from the sumo ring. It is said that the history of sumo goes back to Japan’s Kofun Period in 3rd century (about 1700 years ago). In the old times, sumo wrestling was a ritual ceremony held in shrines with strict propriety. Therefore, this tradition has been passed over till today that sumo wrestlers pay importance on their propriety.

At the present day, sumo wrestling is one of popular sports to be watched by the Japanese and people from the world. Every year, professional sumo wrestlers fight against each other at the Grand Sumo Tournament. There are 6 tournaments in a year and they are hold in different places in Japan, such as in Tokyo in January, Osaka in March, and Kyushu in September. They also come to Greater Nagoya in July. To watch the tournament at the best seats can be a little pricey, but people can also buy day tickets which costs only 2,800 yen for adults. The box seats costs from 36,800 yen up to 45,200 yen for four people. Watching sumo at the expensive seats can be fun, too. The tournament starts from 9 AM and ends at 6PM; therefore, you will be able to enjoy sumo if you reserve a box seat in a relaxing Japanese tatami style seat with cushions (traditional Japanese style) with lunch boxes and alcohol. Any people can enjoy watching sumo depending on your preference and allowances.

Sumo Tournament in Greater Nagoya: http://event.chunichi.co.jp/sumo/e/top_e.html
Nihon Sumo Kyokai: http://www.mie-u.ac.jp/en/


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