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GREATER NAGOGYA INITIATIVE Newsletter Issue No.15 (Aug. 2007)
Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

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1. Invest Japan Business Support Center (JETRO IBSC) in Greater Nagoya
2. Information Robot Technology Cluster in Greater Nagoya
3. Port of Nagoya, Japan’s Number One Sea Port
4. Entertainments in the Port of Nagoya, Italian Village
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1. Invest Japan Business Support Center (JETRO IBSC) in Greater Nagoya
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Greater Nagoya Initiative (GNI) is comprised of different organizations and is a “one-stop” service center for foreign-affiliated corporations. We are here to bring in organizations, professionals, etc. necessary when planning to expand their business in Greater Nagoya. For those who have concrete plans to establish an office in Greater Nagoya, JETRO IBSC (Japan Trade Organization Invest Japan Business Support Center) can be the most suitable organization that we can introduce.

JETRO is a government related organization that is promoting foreign-direct investment into Japan, and IBSC is run by JETRO. JETRO is also promoting trade between Japan and the world. JETRO has offices all over Japan and in the world. There are only five IBSC in Japan and one is in Greater Nagoya (JETRO Nagoya). JETRO IBSC provides consulting and advisory services as well as temporary office spaces for foreign-affiliated corporations when starting-up their business in Japan. JETRO IBSC has experts and they can provide advice on different matters. For example, JETRO IBSC experts can provide you information on registration, visa application, opening bank account, real estate, human resource, payroll/social insurance, accounting, business license/permission, etc. JETRO IBSC can also offer rooms equipped with desks, chairs, telephone, fax, high speed internet access, etc. for free-of-charge (maximum of 50 business days). These offices can be used as a representative office for market research and so on for the preparation of setting up an office in Greater Nagoya. Many foreign-affiliated corporations established their offices with JETRO IBSC’s support. GNI is ready to offer different support and services for foreign-affiliated corporations planning to expand their business in Greater Nagoya.

JETRO: http://www.jetro.go.jp/
JETRO IBSC: http://www.greaternagoya.org/eng/index.php?mid=3&cid=23
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2. Information Robot Technology Cluster in Greater Nagoya
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This year, Greater Nagoya’s administration, academia, and industry formed a cluster called “Information Robot Technology (IRT) Cluster in Greater Nagoya”. It is formed to assist developments of robot technology to further increase Greater Nagoya’s international competitiveness. This is because has concentrations of corporations with advanced technologies that are supporting Greater Nagoya’s “monozukuri (manufacturing)”. Those corporations with advanced technologies have a variety of elemental robotic technologies (sensors, intelligent control technology, mobiles, etc). It is considered important to connect these companies with other companies that use such technologies for their products and services. By forming the IRT Cluster, it would help create new business for those developing robotic technologies as well as for those who wishes to utilize such robotic technologies. IRT Cluster is pursuing Greater Nagoya to be the center of robotic technology in the world by 2025.

Tokai Monozukuri Creation Project and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Greater Nagoya (METI Chubu) are heading to promote IRT Cluster in Greater Nagoya. Corporations in Greater Nagoya that are the world’s leading corporations in robotic technology are also promoting IRT Cluster. Corporations include, DENSO WAVE Inc., MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION, FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD., etc. This year on June 14, a kick-off meeting for IRT Cluster was held in Greater Nagoya. Followed by the kick-off meeting, “Robot Business Forum” will be held in Greater Nagoya in September. This event is aimed to provide opportunities to create new business for robotic technology. There will be opportunities to meet the world’s leading corporations with cutting-edge technologies. There are many other events to be held in Greater Nagoya relating to IRT Cluster. IRT Cluster is expected to help increase the competitiveness in monozukuri as well as the service industry in Greater Nagoya.

Tokai Monozukuri Creation Project (in Japanese only): https://www.tokai-monodukuri.jp/
DENSO WAVE Inc.: http://www.denso-wave.com/en/
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION: http://global.mitsubishielectric.com/
FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.: http://www.fuji.co.jp/e/
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3. Port of Nagoya, Japan’s Number One Sea Port
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The Port of Nagoya serves as the ocean gateway to Greater Nagoya, providing distribution links to approximately 150 countries around the world. The port has grown steadily to become one of Japan’s top international trade ports since its’ opening in 1907. A variety of measures that make full use of the Port of Nagoya’s advantages are being implemented including construction of the next-generation high-standard container terminal and the application of IT systems. The port is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has been hosting a number of anniversary events this year including Marine Festival 2007 (July – August).

2006 was a historic year for the Port of Nagoya in terms of cargo trade, as it achieved several new records. The total cargo throughput was 208 million tons, 11.2% increase from 2005. The total trade value (the sum of import and export values) was the largest among all ports in Japan for the sixth year in a row. Port of Nagoya in Greater Nagoya is located in the center of Japan, and is directly linked with an arterial road network which enabled seamless sea and land transport. Recent movements on aircraft industry in Greater Nagoya is promoting “Sea and Air” transport mode in cooperation with the Centrair, (Greater Nagoya’s International Airport). For example, Boeing787 DREAMLINER’s main wings and fuselages are manufactured in Greater Nagoya and the plants are located in the Nagoya port area. These parts are transported to Centrair by sea and forwarded to the United States by air on special cargo planes called, Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter. Because of Greater Nagoya’s excellent infrastructure, it makes it possible to ship large aircraft parts just-in-time. This is one of the examples of logistics activities that make full use of the advantages of the Port of Nagoya. One part of the Port provides waterfront recreational facilities such as Garden Pier. It offers the Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, the Italian Village, an amusement park, and a green park and attracts attention as a large-scale amusement sites. Located at an important junction of sea, land and air transport, the Port of Nagoya will be expected to play a crucial role in the thriving industry in Greater Nagoya to better satisfy the demands of port users and local communities.

Port of Nagoya: http://www.port-of-nagoya.jp/english/index.htm
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4. Entertainments in the Port of Nagoya, Italian Village
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The Italian village opened in 2005 within the port of Nagoya waterfront area. The city Turin in Italy and the city of Nagoya is a sister-city and the village was built in relation to such a partnership between Turin and Nagoya. The Italian village was used as a warehouse for the port in the past and renovated to reproduce streets of 1950s Italy. The village is comprised of the commercial complex with Venetian glass art museum, shopping mall (with 50 shops), 15 restaurants and entertainment facilities, which make visitors feel as if you are in Venice. People can also enjoy the Italian opera in the village. One of the main attractions in the village is gondola, a traditional Venetian rowing boat. People can try gondola cruise in the canal with Italian gondoliers. People can also learn Italian, and the lessons are very fun with Italian teachers. The Italian village is one of the hottest spots in Greater Nagoya with its romantic atmosphere of Venice.

Italian Village (in Japanese only): http://www.italiamura.com/


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