A unique workshop for participants of the Swiss Medtech Pavilion and other Swiss start-ups in Tokyo was held on Monday, April 25 following MEDTEC Japan 2016.
The one-day workshop included a visit to Tokyo-university based start-up LPìxel Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc., as well as a lunch meeting with members of the healthcare business unit of Konica Minolta Inc. The afternoon session at JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) featured presentations on different aspects of entering the Japanese market for Swiss start-ups by six leading experts:
- Mr. Darren Menabney, Graduate School of Management, Globis University, on “General observation on the Tokyo market for smaller entities”
- Mr. Robert Champoud, Managing Director, Euro-Far East Co., Ltd., on “Practical hints how to do business in Japan”
- Dr. Markus Graf, Director R&D Humidity Sensors, Sensirion AG, on “Experiences from being a Swiss company in Japan”
- Ms. Tomoe Otsuka, Director for National Strategic Special Zone Coordination, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, on “Tokyo’s Initiatives to support for Foreign Companies and Entrepreneurs”
- Mr. Charles Ochsner, Attorney-at-law, Python & Peter, on “Legal challenges when starting operation in Japan”
- Mr. Masaki Fujihara, Director Invest Japan Business Support Center, JETRO, on “Support by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to foreign entities entering Japan” with a tour of the Invest Japan Business Support Center (IBSCs)
The successful event was concluded with a networking dinner that enabled further exchange of opinions and information.
We would like to cordially thank all of the experts for their generous contribution and the participants for their high interest!