Tailor-Made “Hands-On” Support for SMEs

Tailor-Made “Hands-On” Support for SMEs

Yesterday the Tokyo Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant Association (T-SMECA) came to the Embassy of Spain in Japan. They delivered an insightful seminar (TAILOR-MADE “HANDS-ON” SUPPORT for SMEs (New Date) – The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan) about its organization and how to get the subsidies from the government.

We would like to thank the speakers of T-SMECA and our members who attended the seminar.

ASSEMBLY OF OFFICIAL SPANISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ABROAD

ASSEMBLY OF OFFICIAL SPANISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ABROAD

Our president, Fernando Picazo, attended an international Spanish chambers’ meeting in Madrid for 2 days on the 5th and 6th July 2022. It was the first time of face-to-face meeting after the pandemic.

On the 1st day, it was held at Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, where the below topics were covered:

The internationalisation instruments of the Secretary of State for Trade, Novel aspects of Royal Decree 1179/2020, Discussion of the digitalisation grants for chambers within the framework of the Transformation and Resiliance Recovery Plan,  and General Assemblies of The Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce in America (FECECA)  and the Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM).

The following day, it was held at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, where the below topics were covered:

“The role of the Chamber Federations. Report of the Assemblies”, Strengthening the relationship between the Territorial Chambers and the Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce abroad, Optimizing services in a post-COVID environment, 2022-2024 strategy, and The new international scenario: challenges and opportunities for Spanish companies.

On the final day, all the attendants were invited to The Zarzuela Palace to meet His Majesty the King Felipe VI on the 2nd day.

 

Tapas Night May 2022

Tapas Night May 2022

Our popular casual networking event, the SpCCJ Tapas Night, came back again to Bar Portillo de España in Marunouchi!

We would like to thank those who joined our Tapas Night in May. We enjoyed meeting you all and a delicious selection of Spanish tapas prepared by Bar Portillo de España.

Last but not least, many thanks to our corporate members, C.V.N.E , GARCIA-CARRION , Felix Solis Avantis, and Grupo Freixenet for your wines and supports!

Photos By Ed Thompson | Concept Design I/O – https://www.instagram.com/conceptdesignio/      

   

   

   

Are you not a member of the SpCCJ yet? Find out more about the membership category and benefits on our website and contact us at info@spanishchamber.or.jp. Memberships are available from JPY10,000/year.

Tapas Night April 2022

Tapas Night April 2022

Before the Golden Week, Tapas Night, the casual networking event organized by the SpCCJ came back to one of the most Spain alike terraces in the heart of Tokyo, Bar Portillo de España in Marunouchi.

We would like to thank those who joined our Tapas Night before the Golden Week. We enjoyed meeting you all and a delicious selection of Spanish tapas prepared by Bar Portillo.

Last but not least, many thanks to our corporate members, C.V.N.E , GARCIA-CARRION , Felix Solis Avantis, and Grupo Freixenet for your wines and supports!

   

 

Are you not a member of the SpCCJ yet? Find out more about the membership category and benefits on our website and contact us at info@spanishchamber.or.jp. Memberships are available from JPY10,000/year.

CEO Round Table, Renewable Energy Industry I

CEO Round Table, Renewable Energy Industry I

21 April, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm JST

Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s CEO Round Table offers business leaders in Japan an exclusive opportunity to discuss set topics which include current business trends and factors impacting their businesses, challenges they face, future perspectives etc. It is a unique place to inspire each other for better decision-making and to create new opportunities.

In this first edition for the Renewable Energy Industry, we gather some of the main renewable energy companies present in Japan to set up the steps of the forum and discuss some important topics within the industry like regulatory framework modifications, current market situation, market trends, progress in the EU-Japan, common promotion opportunities…

Attendants:

Solarig Japan Services

Vector Renewables Japan

X-Elio Japan

Iberdrola Renewables Japan

Nippon Koei

Maetel Construction Japan

The SpCCJ grants the Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards 2020 to Japan Airlines and Amadeus

The SpCCJ grants the Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards 2020 to Japan Airlines and Amadeus

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ) announced the winners of its fifth “Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards (SJBCA)”, on Friday, 13 November 2020 at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, in the presence of the H.E. Ambassador of Spain to Japan, Jorge Toledo Albiñana.

Established in 2016 by the committee of the SpCCJ to recognise successful business relations between Spain and Japan, SJBCA has become one of the most important events among the Spain Japan business community in Japan.

In this fifth year, the SpCCJ presented for the first time “the joint award” to Japan Airlines (JAL) and Amadeus IT Group S.A. (Amadeus) for making outstanding contributions to Spain Japan commercial relationship through their partnership agreement signed last year in 2019. The award trophies were presented to Ms. Hoshiko Nakano, Deputy Vice President – Managing Division Passenger Sales, International Passenger Sales, Senior Vice President – Eastern Japan of JAL, and Mr. Kai Gerrit Jacobsen, Vice President of Amadeus Japan.

With the new agreement between JAL and Amadeus, JAL will benefit from enhanced technology as Amadeus becomes JAL’s recommended distribution partner in the Japanese market. Amadeus’ global network of travel sellers will have access to a broader range of JAL’s content, including the full range of international, as well as preferred and negotiated fares. All of this content will be available for travel sellers to shop, book and service through the Amadeus Travel Platform.  

In addition, as JAL uses Amadeus’ passenger service system, Amadeus-connected travel agents will enjoy real-time, accurate and efficient information sharing with complete visibility of the airline’s inventory; all designed to enable travel sellers to deliver even greater customer service.

“The SpCCJ believes this joint award to JAL and Amadeus will encourage and strengthen the business relations between Spain and Japan and initiate new business opportunities. 2020 has been a difficult year for all, especially for the travel industry. It is very encouraging to see that companies are planning and looking for opportunities beyond the pandemic”, commented Guillermo Gutierrez, the President of the SpCCJ.

The Award Ceremony and the Reception was held at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo, with 70 distinguished guests from Spain Japan business community. Guests enjoyed dinner inspired by flavour of Spain, which was specially prepared by the Executive Chef, Kenji Miura, and excellent Spanish cava and wine provided by five Spanish brands for pairing with each dish.

The SJBCA was supported by a wide range of SpCCJ member companies, with CVNE, Freixenet, Felix Solis, Garcia Carrion, Torres generously sponsored excellent Spanish cava and wine, Solan de Cabras provided iconic Spanish mineral water, new comer to Japanese market Vidal provided Spanish gummies for table surprise, the MotoGP’s Dorna invited each awardees to MotoGP VIP Village in Motegi Grand Prix next year, and long-time supporter Lladró sponsored beautiful trophies of Gallop for awardees with the wish for the Spain Japan business to continue growing as fast as gallop.

Comments from award recipients

JAL
Japan Airlines (JAL) reinforced partnership with Amadeus in 2019 on an extended distribution and IT agreement, and Amadeus became JAL’s recommended distribution partner in the Japanese market.

As JAL relies on Amadeus’ passenger service system, Amadeus-connected travel agents can enjoy real-time, accurate and efficient information sharing with complete visibility of the airline’s inventory; thanks to Amadeus to enable travel sellers to deliver even greater customer service.

AMADEUS

We are honored to receive this award, recognizing Amadeus’ contribution to the strong relations between Spain and Japan in business. Japan Airlines is a longstanding and valued customer, and we are proud to support JAL with our world-class technology to power the airline’s distribution and passenger processes. Together with customers such as Japan Airlines, we are working to implement innovative technology and collaborative partnerships to support the industry on its path to recovery.

List of SJBCA winners

2016 LaLiga

2017 Rakuten, Inc.

2018 Gestamp Autotech Japan

2019 FAST RETAILING CO., LTD.

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ) was established in 2016 to provide a unified voice and strengthen business relations between Spain and Japan. The SpCCJ became an official entity in April 2017 with recognition by both the Japanese Ministry of Economy (METI), Trade and Industry and the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO). The SpCCJ is a part of CAMACOES, the network of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in overseas, and also a stakeholder of EBC (European Business Council).

Perspectivas España – Japón 2021

Perspectivas España – Japón 2021

Muchas gracias a Jorge Toledo, Embajador de España en Japón, a Fernando Hernández, Consejero Económico y Comercial de la Embajada de España en Japón y a Guillermo Gutierrez, Presidente de la (SpCCJ) Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan por compartir con nuestros miembros su visión sobre el estado y el futuro de las relaciones politicas, económicas y empresariales en el panel Perspectivas España – Japon.

Jorge Calvo, PhD, ha sido un placer tenerte como moderador del evento. Muchísimas gracias por aceptar nuestra propuesta.

Security Threats in this New World

Security Threats in this New World

On 9 June the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan organised an online seminar inviting Gerard Salvador López, Senior Cloud Transformation Specialist at IBM to hear what is currently happening in the world of IT from a cyber-security perspective.

2020 will be remembered as the biggest remote working experiment in the history of mankind. With almost a third of the world’s population locked down, businesses and industries are trying to face this new reality asking their employees to work from home. Just as an example, Zoom is now worth more than the sum of the 5 biggest airlines in the US.

However, the larger the IT infrastructure is, the higher the likelihood of having vulnerabilities. Covid-19 has changed the security landscape enormously and, probably, forever. Just to give you an example, there has seen an increase of 14.000% in spam and phishing.

Passionate about the potential of technology and the risks of it, Gerard Salvador López has worked as a Cloud Strategist at Siemens in Belgium, lead the Engineers Without Borders NGO, hosted a TEDx event and wrote a book about the future of technology, “Too tech to fail”. He holds an Engineering Degree and a Master in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School in Belgium. For more information, you can take a look into his website: www.gerardsl.com.

The New Normal: How can we ensure a safe and secure environment? – Biological Passport: Access to a COVID-19 free society

The New Normal: How can we ensure a safe and secure environment? – Biological Passport: Access to a COVID-19 free society

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, our way of life has changed drastically. How can we tell places you visit or people you meet are COVID free? How will companies protect their employees and create a safe workplace?

Applying tests for every single person will be a must in the New Normal Society? Will we all have an easy access to these newly developed medical kits soon?

 On May 19, Andy Chang, APAC Regional Senior Director of our Corporate Member IGENOMIX offered us answers to these questions and many others in a webinar session specially organised for the SpCCJ Members.

Igenomix is a Spanish reproductive and fertility bio-tech company, which has been working on COVID-19 testing for private usage, by applying their know-how in genetics. Igenomix has recently launched the FDA-EUA approved COVID-19 RT-PCR Test and also introduced the Igenomix Biological Passport, a combination of new COVID-19 RT-PCR diagnostic test and a COVID-19 serological antibody test.