【Member Update】NSC - Visit by the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries 2019

All embassy staff were invited to take a group photo with the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik

All embassy staff were invited to take a group photo with the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik

Norwegian Seafood Council:
Visit by the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries

Last week the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Harald Nesvik visited us at the Norwegian Embassy as a part of his one-week trip organized by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) to meet with representatives of Japanese and Norwegian business partners. NCCJ joined NSC and the rest of Team Norway for a reception at the Embassy with Mr. Nesvik on March 14th, which was a great opportunity for us to meet with representatives of the seafood sector. As one of the most important fields for Norway, we are also looking to increase our efforts to promote Norwegian seafood along with NSC and Team Norway, and hope that this reception can lead to increased possibilities for this in the near future. As they say in NSC: Sabarashii!

【Regional Events】MTG with the Norway-Asia Business Summit (NABS) Team

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Team Norway and the NABS team. From the left: Mr. Tom Knappskog (MFA), Ms. Tone Helene Aarvik (MFA), Mr. Keita Koido (NCCJ), Her Excellency Ambassador Signe Brudeset (MFA), Ms. Dilek Ayhan (NABS), Ms. Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ), Mr. Rolf Almklov (IN), Mr. Dan Bjørke (NABS)

Team Norway and the NABS team. From the left: Mr. Tom Knappskog (MFA), Ms. Tone Helene Aarvik (MFA), Mr. Keita Koido (NCCJ), Her Excellency Ambassador Signe Brudeset (MFA), Ms. Dilek Ayhan (NABS), Ms. Anette Yamamoto-Hansen (NCCJ), Mr. Rolf Almklov (IN), Mr. Dan Bjørke (NABS)

NABS Team Road Show - NABS 2019 OceanTech

Last week we had a visit from representatives of the committee responsible for organizing this year’s NABS (Norway-Asia Business Summit); Dilek Ayhan and Dan Bjørke, as a part of their Road Show across Asia.

This year’s event is scheduled to take place in Shanghai 31 October - 2 November 2019, and the NABS team expects participants from Norway-related companies and sectors all across Asia. The theme for the event this year is OceanTech, and along with a meeting with the rest of Team Norway we also had a lunch meeting with the organizers where we were joined by representatives of two of our Corporate Members; Hurtigruten Japan and Fearnley Japan, Ltd.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss how the organizers could increase the relevance of this year’s event for Japan-based corporations, and we hope that our feedback will help them succeed in their efforts. The event is still in the beginning of the planning phase, but you can stay updated on news related to the event through the link below:

NABS Official Site

Lunch with Team Norway and Corporate Members

Lunch with Team Norway and Corporate Members

This year’s summit is led by the Norwegian Business Association in China

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【JMEC】 ENTREPRENEURS' NIGHT

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This event is hosted by JMEC. Supported by 18 Chambers of Commerce, among them NCCJ, the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is a business training program in Tokyo centered on a business plan writing competition. The dual objectives of the program are to strengthen the skills of up-and-coming executives while assisting foreign companies doing business in Japan.

For more info, check out:

All NCCJ posts about JMEC
JMEC official site (External link)


JMEC ENTREPRENEURS' NIGHT 

March 27, 2019 19:00-21:30

@Meltwater Offices, Ebisu

Dear JMEC friends,

Come and join us on March 27th for our next JMEC Entrepreneurs' Night! This will be held at the offices of Meltwater, a JMEC Gold Sponsor and a Corporate Member of NCCJ, a 5-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station.

For event details and to register click here (external link).

You find the program and address details further below.


Speakers

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Joe Latteri, Managing Director, Meltwater Japan (Corporate Member of NCCJ):

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology & Innovation Hub

Joe will speak about how Meltwater is training, mentoring and investing in aspiring African entrepreneurs to help them launch successful businesses through its tech incubator and training program. Since inception in 2008, Meltwater has invested US$20 million into MEST and over 40 early stage MEST start-ups.

Joe will also talk about Meltwater's new Innovation Hub, Shack15, and how it is helping connecting technology entrepreneurs with the latest AI technology.

Meltwater is a pioneer of media intelligence and one of the leading global players within online media search and analysis, with 26,000+ clients and 55 offices around the world.

Speaker Profile. Joe has worked for Meltwater since 2008, as one of the co-founders of the Japanese operation—starting as Sales Consultant. Former Branch and Senior Field Sales Manager, Vector Marketing Company. JMEC 21 participant.

https://www.meltwater.com/jp/

https://meltwater.org/


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Debbie Howard, Chairman Carter JMNR K.K.:
Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur

In her presentation Debbie will share some of the challenges, mistakes and successes that she has experienced during her entrepreneurial journey—including perhaps also some unexpected confessions!

Speaker Profile. Debbie has been in the business of analyzing consumer behavior and crafting marketing strategies for global brands in Japan for three decades. She founded Japan Market Resource Network (JMRN) in 1989, and merged it with Dominic Carter’s Tokyo-based market research and consulting firm, The Carter Group, back in 2012. She continues to serve as chairman of CarterJMRN. For her “Act II”, launching Aging Matters International (AMI) and The Caregiving Journey emerged from her personal experience serving as the live-in caregiver for her Mom following her Mom’s diagnosis with Stage 4 lung cancer back in 2007. Since then, it’s been Debbie’s dream to draw on that experience, married with her 40 years as a market research professional and entrepreneur, to provide information, guidance and inspiration to caregivers as they navigate their own caregiving journeys. 

https://www.carterjmrn.com/

http://www.thecaregivingjourney.com


PROGRAM

18:30 Doors open
19:00 Welcome & Introduction
19:15 Speaker Presentations
20:15 Networking over drinks & snacks
21:30 Event closing

Entry Ticket: 
¥1,000 prepaid, ¥2,000 cash at the door. Registration required.
To register click here (external link).

Free flow of wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks.

ADDRESS:
Meltwater Japan K.K., Tokyu Fudosan Ebisu Bldg., 5F1-18-18 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013

ACCESS: Ebisu Station (JR Yamanote Line, Hibiya Line), 5-minute walk

www.meltwater.co.jp

【Joint Event Report】Pre-Opening Tour To Moomin Valley Park

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Pre-Opening Tour To Moomin Valley Park

On Thursday March 7th we joined the Finish Chamber of Commerce on a Pre-Opening tour to the Moomin Valley Park in Hanno, Saitama prefecture. Moomin Valley Park, to be opened on Saturday, 16 March, is the second phase of the Metsä Project. The first phase, Metsä Village opened on 10 November 2018. Along with members of the other Nordic Chambers we got a guided tour around the Moomin Valley Park led by Robert Hirst, the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd..

Participants from NCCJ with the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., Mr. Robert Hirst

Participants from NCCJ with the Representative Director of Moomin Monogatari, Ltd., Mr. Robert Hirst

After the tour we had a dinner together inside the Metsä Village, where our participating Corporate Members also had the opportunity to talk with the park’s management regarding possibilities for future collaboration.
It can be mentioned that Tove Jansson, the author of the Moomin books, was herself a Swedish-speaking Finn, and thus a great symbol for Nordic cross-border collaboration. And indeed, the Metsä Village represents all the Nordic countries: At the village there’s even a Norwegian-inspired bar named “Utepils”! We hope that Moomin Monogatari, Ltd. will succeed in attracting even more interest to the Nordic region in Japan, and that there will be more opportunities for Norwegian companies to cooperate on the Metsä Project in the future.

You can visit the official site of the park here:
https://metsa-hanno.com/moominvalleypark/

【Member Update】The Innovators of Comfort - Ekornes Stressless Showroom Tokyo

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The Innovators of Comfort - Ekornes Stressless Showroom Tokyo

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Did you know that you can visit the showroom of our corporate member Ekornes, the company behind one of the world leading luxury comfort chairs, in Tokyo? Their world-famous Stressless chairs are on display in the Stressless Showroom situated in the Kyobashi Square Building, only a short walk from Tokyo Station and Ginza. This showroom is open for those who are interested in purchasing a new piece of furniture, want to learn more about Ekornes and its history, or simply want to sit down and feel the comfort of their luxurious reclining chairs.

For more info about Ekornes, please check out their homepage (日本語 / English)


Stressless Showroom Tokyo

Phone: 0120-11-9269
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Regular holidays: Wednesdays, Summer period (including Obon), New Year period

Address: 7-5, Kyobashi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Kyobashi Square Building - 5th Floor 
Phone: 03-3538-1420
Fax:  03-3567-2180

ストレスレス ショールーム東京

お問合せ 0120-11-9269
営業時間: 10:00~18:00
定休日:水曜日 (夏期(お盆含む)・年末年始は休館)

住所:〒104-0031 東京都中央区京橋3-7-5 京橋スクエア5階 
電話番号:   03-3538-1420
FAX番号:   03-3567-2180


 
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【Member Update】TOMRA Sortings K.K.: Press Event

Member Update
TOMRA Sortings K.K.:  Press Event

Press event led by Managing Director Megumi Sasaki

Press event led by Managing Director Megumi Sasaki

Our Corporate Member TOMRA Sortings K.K. visited us at the Norwegian Embassy for a press briefing in the Aurora Hall on Wednesday 20th March. The event was led by Managing Director Megumi Sasaki, who gave a thorough presentation of TOMRA’s work to increase the percentage of waste getting recycled in Japan. She could tell that although TOMRA already has the equipment to effectively turn much of our waste into reusable material one of their biggest challenges is to convince Japanese companies to utilize such materials for their products. While Japan is known for being good at sorting their trash most of the waste still end up getting burned or in landfills rather than reused. With over 10 years of operating in Japan, TOMRA is doing a tremendous effort to change this culture, and we hope to see their increased success in the years to come.

Did you know that Corporate Members of NCCJ are eligible to rent the Aurora Hall at the Norwegian Embassy? → More info here.