Issue No.70 (February 2011)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

1. Event: Greater Nagoya Symposium on Enhancing Global Competitiveness
2. Event: Greater Nagoya GREATEST Presents Greatest Products at FOODEX 2012
3. Industry: Noritake Garden Introduces World’s Largest Ceramic Group
4. Entertainment: SAKE Clusters in Greater Nagoya

1. Event: Greater Nagoya Symposium on Enhancing Global Competitiveness

The Greater Nagoya Symposium on Enhancing Global Competitiveness will take place at Castle Plaza on Feb. 28th (Tue) 2012. The National Composite Center, which will locate in the Greater Nagoya region, will be introduced in the symposium. Future plan towards the establishment of the feasibility, functions and roles of the National Composite Center will be discussed. Utilization and prospects for the future of composites in the automotive and aerospace industry will be also discussed.
[Date]: February 28 (Tue), 2012
[Time]: 10:00 -12:30
[Venue]: Castle Plaza, 4F (4-3-25 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan)
[Organizer & Co-organizer]: Chunichi Ad Kikaku inc, Greater Nagoya Initiative Center, etc
[Application Form]:
[on-line application / [Flyer: ](Japanese only)

1. Functions and roles of National Composite Center (NCC)
– Tetsuhiko UEDA
Chair of Composite Engineering Research Center
Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Nagoya University
2. Utilization and prospects for the future of composite in automotive and aerospace industry.
Professor of Department of Systems Innovation the University of Tokyo,
Project leader, Development of Sustainable Hyper Composite Technology, New Energy and
Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
3. Panel Discussion
– Yutaka IWAHORI
Senior Chief Officer, Advanced Composite Group, Aerospace Research and
Development Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
General Manager, Automotive Center, Toray Industries, Inc.
– Hideaki SHIBATA
Director, Research Institute for Machinery and Materials Gifu Prefectural Government,
Technological Innovation Center GIFU (Japanese only)

2. Event: Greater Nagoya GREATEST Presents Greatest Products at FOODEX 2012

“Greater Nagoya GREATEST” will showcase the GREATEST products in a booth at “FOODEX Japan 2012,” the international Food and Beverage Exhibition will take place at Makuhari Messe (Chiba Pref.) from March 6th (Tue) – 9th (Fri), 2012. The four representative local companies will exhibit their specialties as co-exhibitor.
[Co-exhibiting companies / Products]:
(1) AZUMA FOODS Co., Ltd.
[Products]: Sushi topping, seasoned raw octopus with wasabi,
avocado paste, etc.
[Greatest point]: The inventor of this unique but traditional
wasabi flavored raw octopus product. 
[Products]: Honey and honey products, jelly drink products
[Greatest point]:  No.1 share in Japan for jelly drink products for OEM.
(3) TAKEYA Co., Ltd.
[Products]: Green Tea pudding, fruit jelly, cream puffs
[Greatest point]: Received the Monde Selection Awards for more than 20 products
(4) Gifu Kyu-Kura
[Products]: Nine Different Special Japanese SAKEs
[Greatest point]: Offers a variety of tastes from nine different sake
[Business Matchings Services]:
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[Exhibition Info:]
[Exhibition]: FOODEX JAPAN 2012
[Date]: March 6 (Tue) – 9 (Fri), 2012
[Venue]: Makuhari Messe (Halls 1-8)
[Number of Exhibitors]: 2,400 exhibitors / 3,200 booths (expected)
[Organized by]: Japan Management Association etc

3. Industry: Noritake Garden Introduces World’s Largest Ceramic Group

In 1904, Nippon Toki Gomei Kaisha (currently NORITAKE CO., LIMITED.) was established by the founders of the Morimura Group. The Morimura Group has its roots as a pioneer of the Japanese trading industry. Morimura Bros., Inc., the core of the Morimura Group, was established in 1876. Later, the sanitary ware division of this company was spun off to form Toyo Toki Co., Ltd. (currently TOTO Ltd.), and the insulator division was spun off to establish Nihon Gaishi Co., Ltd. (currently NGK Insulators, Ltd.). This was followed by the founding of Okura Toen (currently Okura Art China, Inc.), NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. (spun off from the spark plug division of NGK Insulators, Ltd.), Kyoritsu Genryo Co., Ltd. (currently KCM Corporation Co., Ltd.) and other companies to create the world’s largest ceramic group. Over many years, the group grew and developed technology in the ceramic field.
Noritake Garden introduces three zones: the Culture Zone, where you can discover culture, the Commercial Zone, a place to enjoy daily living, and the Historical Zone, a place to experience history. An industrial tour in various languages is available.
Please contact
[Information] Noritake Garden

4. Entertainment: SAKE Clusters in Greater Nagoya

Greater Nagoya area is home to large number of sake breweries. Pure mountain water, quality local-grown rice and a cold winter are essential factors in making tasty sake. The area offers visitors a great chance to visit to a brewery during the sake-brewing season.
Daily brewery tours are offered between January and March in the Greater Nagoya area.
Daily Sake brewery tours in the Greater Nagoya region
[Date]: Until March 7
[Time]: 10:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 16:00
[Where]: Takayama-city, Gifu Pref.
All the breweries are within a 15 minute walk from the JR Takayama Station and located within a few blocks of each other. Tours are available from February 23 to 29 at the Hirata Brewery
Another sake brewery cluster is forming. “Gifu Kyu-Kura” offers a variety of tastes from 9 different sake breweries to fully enjoy the delicate aroma and flavor. Made with crystal clear water in the land of limpid streams, Gifu, it represents the best of sake-brewing heritage.
“Gifu Kyu-Kura” will exhibit their series of sakes at “Greater Nagoya GREATEST” booth, the FOODEX exhibition.

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