GREATER NAGOGYA INITIATIVE Monthly newsletter Issue No.6  November 2006

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities
Monthly newsletter Issue No.6  November 2006
◇◆ 1. Event: GNI seminar in San Francisco (Nov 6th & 7th)
◇◆ 2. Event: GNI Business Program for Overseas Corporations (Jan 17th to 19th 2007)
◇◆ 3. Event: Seminar in Dusseldorf, Germany (Nov 21st)
◇◆ 4. Event: Seminar on Fuel Cell Battery and Hydrogen Energy (Nov 22nd)
◇◆ 5. Opening of the Robot Museum
◇◆ 6. Irish Pubs
◇◆ 7. Culture: Beauty of Autumn in Japan

◇◆ 1. Event: GNI Seminar and Exhibition (Nov 6th & 7th) ◇◆
GNI is holding a seminar (in San Francisco) and an exhibition (in San Jose) in the U.S on November 6 and 7. At the seminar in San Francisco, Director General of Chubu (Greater Nagoya) Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (Kiichiro Sato who is also a representative of GNI) will give presentation on GNI. We are holding this seminar to promote Greater Nagoya particularly with business alliances and network opportunities in Greater Nagoya to corporations, venture companies, academia, etc. in San Francisco. About 50 people are expected to join this seminar.

In San Jose, annual conference of “JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Business Strategy Forum 2006” will be held by the US State Department, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, and JETRO. There will be a presentation by the Director-General of Greater Nagoya METI on GNI. GNI is placing an exhibition booth at the forum and other companies and institutions will also place their booths for promotions of their activities. Participants of the forum will be mainly from IT companies in Silicon Valley and there will be about 300 people.

After the seminar and forum in San Francisco, we are planning to visit the Greater Washington Initiative (GWI) teams, an organization promoting investment opportunities to Greater Washington area, to exchange opinions about GNI’s further progress in our activities.

Please see details below and contact us for more details.
“GNI Seminar” in San Francisco:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
San Francisco Office
555 California Street, 24th Floor,
San Francisco, California 94104

“JETRO Business Strategy Forum 2006” in San Jose:

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway,
Santa Clara, California, USA 95054

◇◆ 2. Event: GNI Business Program (Jan 17th to 19th 2007) ◇◆
From Wednesday 17 January to 19 January 2007, GNI will hold the “GNI Business Program for Overseas Corporations”, and one of the main event for the program is Greater Nagoya Cluster Forum. This is a joint exhibition on “Monozukuri” (The art of creating products with the spirit of research and creativity) with several projects and clusters in Tokai area (which is central Japan including Greater Nagoya region).

GNI invites overseas corporations who are interested in and intending to expand their business into Greater Nagoya area. We will organize various tours including industrial and site tours, and business matching meetings with local companies interested in doing business with your company. We will also invite you to participate in the forum as well as promoting your company for the forum. We hope that overseas corporations will learn more about business situations and environment in Greater Nagoya through participating in the program.

Please see our website for application and more details:

◇◆ 3. Event: Seminar in Dusseldorf, Germany (Nov 21st) ◇◆
On November 21, an economic federation in Greater Nagoya called “Chubu Economic Federation (CHUKEIREN)” is having a seminar in Dusseldorf, Germany to promote business opportunities in Greater Nagoya. This Business Seminar‘s main topics are the Cluster of the Aichi health and longevity, the Mie Medical Valley Project, and the Fuji Pharma Valley Initiatives. Information on GNI’s activities will be provided at the seminar as well.

Please see our website for more details:

◇◆ 4. Event: Seminar on Fuel Cell Battery and Hydrogen Energy (Nov 22nd) ◇◆
The Consulate of Canada will be holding a seminar on Wednesday, November 22nd, sponsored by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) of Greater Nagoya, Aichi, Gifu, and Mie. This seminar includes current situations and developments on fuel cell battery and hydrogen energy in Canada as well as activities conducted by Canadian corporations in Japan.


4F Chikurin no Ma
Hilton Hotel Nagoya
3-3, Sakae 1-chome, Nakaku,
Nagoya, 460-0008, Japan

Naoki Makino (Consulate of Canada)
Tel: 052-972-0450 (ex. 3351)
Fax: 052-972-0453

◇◆ 4. Opening of the Robot Museum ◇◆
On October 12, a museum called “Robot Museum” was opened in Nagoya. This is a museum displaying and exhibiting robots exclusively. The museum was established to share information and provide experiences on robots to public as well as to develop communications between researchers and public to become more familiar with our daily life with robots. Greater Nagoya might be the best place to have such exhibition since we have been exposed to robots with new technologies at the World Expo 2005 held in Greater Nagoya.

The 1st floor is for special exhibitions on robots. Researchers and artists are invited throughout the year for special exhibitions. The current exhibition is collaboration of industrial robots with arts by “robotlab”, artists and scientists group in Germany (until February 4 2007). The 2nd floor exhibits the history and transitions of the use of robots, and the robots with cutting-edge technologies. You can touch, play and also see demonstrations with popular robots like AIBO (an entertainment robot able to act like a real dog developed by SONY), and wakamaru (recognizes people’s faces and communicate depending on the situation developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., also exhibited at the World Expo 2005). The museum offers workshops, lectures, and site tours to other facilities outside including science and art museums, research institutions, etc. Museum shop sells different kinds of robots including robots with cutting-edge technologies, sophisticated hobby robots, and toy robots collected from all over the world.

The admission is 1,300 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for students, 700 yen for 12 years old and under, and free for pre-school age children. There is also a restaurant called Famires in the museum where you can enjoy organic and healthy food.

See more details on the website (in Japanese only):
“robotlab” (until February 4 2007):

◇◆ 5. Irish Pubs ◇◆
Economy in Greater Nagoya is booming and internationalization of the area is progressing. There are many Irish Pubs around Nagoya station. Some of them have just opened recently. These pubs are starting to bustle because of its location and recent developments of the area. For example, a new office tower called “Midland Square” has just opened last month right in front of Nagoya station where Toyota’s new office with overseas operation division has moved into. Nagoya station has easy access to the Greater Nagoya’s international airport called, Centrair. These factors will affect the further internationalization of the area.

Irish Pubs’ customers are increasing with business men in automotive and aerospace industry and other fields. It may be nice to experience traditional Japanese bars, but some foreigners enjoy the Irish Pubs so that they can feel at home with drinks, food and music they are more familiar with. Since Nagoya station is convenient for overseas business trips, we are expected to bring more business, people, and entertainments into the area from the world.

Checkout bars and restaurants in Nagoya!:

◇◆ 6. Culture: Beauty of Autumn in Japan◇◆
Japan’s weather is entering into the best season, autumn. The weather is warm and always sunny, and the temperature is perfect (average temperature of 15C to 17C– 50F to 63F). During this time of the year, the leaves are turning into colors with yellow, red, and orange.

Landscape and scenery of foliage in Japan is outstanding with breathtaking nature, climate and culture we have. We are surrounded by forests and mountains with trees with leaves that change colors before winter. These trees are called “deciduous trees (a broadleaf tree whose leaves die down in one year and change colors before they fall)” which you will see only in the coastal area of East Asia, the eastern part of North America and some parts in Europe (maple trees are one of the most famous deciduous trees ). The characteristics of the weather we have in autumn are also affecting the beauty of autumn. In autumn, we have sunny warm days but chilly nights. The sun during the day and the big differences in temperature between day and night make leaves brighter color.

We have had a tradition to enjoy the beauty of autumn leaves since Heian Period in the 9th century (more than 1,200 years ago) among ancient nobles and the tradition has been inherited to the Japanese people today. There are many places in Greater Nagoya where you can enjoy the beautiful foliage including “Kourankei” (in Aichi prefecture) which is ranked one of the best places to view foliage in Japan. You will be amazed by the breathtaking landscape and the nature.

See the beauty on the web!: