GREATER NAGOYA INITIATIVE Newsletter Issue No.26 (Jul, 2008)


Issue No.26 (Jul, 2008)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

1. Event: FankfurtRhineMain’s Promotional Event in Greater Nagoya (July 15, 2008)
2. Report: Japan-China-Korea Industrial Fair 2008 in Osaka, Japan (June 18 to 20, 2008)
3. Environment: Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010
4. Leisure: Mountain & Rock Climbing, and Hiking in Greater Nagoya
*Please contact Greater Nagoya Initiative Center (Ms. Sumi or Ms. Takagi) for further details on the above events.
1. Event: FankfurtRhineMain’s Promotional Event in Greater Nagoya (July 15, 2008)
On July15, 2008, FrankfurtRhineMain GmbH will hold a seminar in Greater Nagoya to promote the Frankfurt RhineMaine (FRM) region (in Germany) and the investment opportunities in the region for companies in Greater Nagoya. FrankfurtRhineMain GmbH is an organization comprised of 24 cities, districts, and the chambers of commerce and industry in FRM region. FRM and Greater Nagoya regions share a common industry structure such as a concentration companies in the automotive industry. FRM region has one of the largest concentrations automotive companies in Europe. The region has an airport called “Frankfurt International Airport” with direct flights to many destinations in Europe and worldwide. In FRM, there are companies from large to small, that specialize in different fields within the industry, such as design, manufacturing, service and logistics who work together creating leading-edge automotive products. At the seminar, experts and professionals in different fields will provide speeches and presentations. We hope that FRM and GNI will continue to work closely for further development of both regions.
Event details (Japanese Language Only):
2. Report: Japan-China-Korea Industrial Fair 2008, in Osaka (Jun 18 to 20, 2008)
Greater Nagoya Initiative participated in an Industrial Fair, the Japan-China-Korea Industrial Fair 2008, held in Osaka, Japan from June 18 to 20 to promote Greater Nagoya Initiative’s activities. This exhibition has been organized by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) under combined efforts. The industrial fair took place with the view of strengthening the economic partnerships among Japan, China, and Korea. With the effort of the three organizations, 321 organizations participated in the fair (101 from Japan, 114 from China, 106 from Korea), and 5,937 visitors attended. 2,962 business matches were made during the three-day exhibition. Of these, 30 business matches were successful and resulted in follow-on activities.
GNI staffed 3 booths and presented various kinds of brochures explaining the regional characteristics and economic infrastructures, of Greater Nagoya and several vibrant local municipalities located within the area. With the cooperation of Aichi Nagoya International Business Access Center (I-BAC), GNI took surveys to participants aiming at gaining the recognition of Greater Nagoya area and GNI’s activities. As a result, a total of 58 questionnaires were collected. According to the survey, about 61% percent of the people were interested in expanding their business in Greater Nagoya, and among those people, more than 40 % said they want to collect more information about Greater Nagoya before considering the area as a business target. Another 40 % said they are interested in doing business with local companies in Greater Nagoya. Some people, who already have business expansion plans, visited GNI booths and had asked several questions on economic infrastructures in Greater Nagoya. Throughout the three-day fair, GNI members explained to visitors how Greater Nagoya Initiative supports and provides foreign companies with services who are starting businesses in Nagoya.
Japan- China-Korea Industrial Fair in Osaka: JETRO:
3. Environment: Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 in Greater Nagoya
Greater Nagoya has officially been appointed as a host city for the Tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The decision was made in the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) in Bonn, Germany, held from 19-30 May 2008, and COP10 to the CBD will take place from 19 to 29 October 2010. Nagoya-city and Aichi-prefecture will be required to establish specific measures on how to maintain biological diversity. Greater Nagoya citizens, businesses, and local governments need to understand and are jointly committed to the concept of Nature’s Wisdom. Main site for the COP 10 will be at Nagoya Congress Center, and more than 5,000 people from about 190 countries will be involved in the conference.
Takashi Inagaki, Vice governor in Aichi prefecture said “We would like to send out the messages from Greater Nagoya about the importance of biological diversity”. Currently, COP10 Promotion Committee has been established by the Aichi Prefecture, the city of Nagoya, the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and the Chubu Economic Federation. Greater Nagoya is located almost in the geographical center of Japan, and in this perfect environment for nature, Greater Nagoya took a great opportunity to transform the spirit and accomplishments of Expo 2005 to worldwide environmental activities. In the COP9 meeting, more than 4,000 delegates representing parties and other governments, UN agencies, and local community representatives, academia and industry participated. Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the CBD, visited Nagoya-Aichi in June 13 and observed Fujimae Tidal Flat and Kaisyo Forest both located in Greater Nagoya. These areas were planed to use for garbage landfill and a residential area, but because of public concern for the environmental impact, the both plans were recalled. In this tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), activities of harmonious coexistence between nature and human in Greater Nagoya area will be introduced.
4. Leisure: Mountain Climbing and Hiking in the Japanese Alps in Greater Nagoya
Many people in Japan enjoy mountain climbing and hiking in summer. These are one of the most popular mountains that people enjoy climbing during the summer are in Greater Nagoya. Greater Nagoya is surrounded by mountain ranges with a height of around 3,000 meters (about 9,850 feet). The range is called the “Japanese Alpine Mountain Range (Japan’s Alps)” and one of the areas within the range is designated as Japan’s National Park by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, and is called “Chubu Sangaku National Park” in Greater Nagoya. The highest mountain within the Park is called Mt. Norikura. The mountain has 23 mountain peaks, seven lakes, and eight plains with magnificent natural beauty. This mountain is also famous for some rare alpine plants and animals such as dwarf stone pines and ptarmigans. The mountain attracts many mountaineers every year from all over Japan. For those who want to explore the highest peak of Mt. Norikura more quickly and easily, there is a road called the “Norikura Skyline” that leads to the mountain summit where people are able to ride on the buses that bring them up to the mountain peak of 3,02 meters (9,928 feet). Private vehicles are not allowed to drive this road to preserve the air from automotive emissions.
Japan’s Alps was first named by an English mining engineer called William Gowland in 1878. Another English mountaineer and missionary called Walter Weston introduced the Japan Alps to the western world with his book called “Mountaineering and Exploring in the Japanese Alps (1896)”. In his book, he said that the Japan Alps is as magnificent as Matterhorn. If people might not feel comfortable or confident enough to climb up to the mountain peak of 3,000 meters, there are hiking courses in the foot of Mt. Norikura with the altitude of 1,350 to 1,700 meters (4,429 to 5,577 feet). It is a hiking course in the woodland with the 3,000 hectare virgin forests called “Goshikigahara Hermit Road”. There are two hiking courses with about seven kilometers where people can enjoy hiking in the hidden forest. Within the forest, there are mountain streams, water falls, ponds, bogs, etc., and people are able to encounter some wild animals and birds. In order to preserve the forest, visitors are not allowed to go into the forest by themselves and should reserve a guided tour in advance. The Road is open from May to October during a year.
Norikura Skyline (Japanese Language Only):
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