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Tue 19 March 2013

Let’s face it, Japan can be a tough place to manage a business. This country has its charms, but it can be a tough market to crack and maintain for the foreign executive. And Japanese managers of foreign firms have their own challenges when dealing with expats in Japan and the people at an overseas headquarters. That’s why the NCCJ began its Lotgenoten series of informal seminars – to provide an opportunity to share experiences of challenges and solutions in an informal, friendly atmosphere. To help ensure an atmosphere of frankness and openness, all discussions are off the record.

Fri 01 March 2013

Safecast – Crowd-sourcing safety

In the fourth of the NCCJ’s “Briefing and Drinks” series of events, NCCJ member Pieter Franken gave a rundown on the activities of his group Safecast, at Loftwork in Shibuya on Feb. 27.

     After the earthquake and devastating tsunami of March 11, 2011, all over Japan people held their breath and awaited information about the radiation spewing out of the stricken reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A week after the disaster, a group of volunteers founded Safecast, to collect and distribute data on local radiation levels using their own designed and built “bGeigie” mobile radiation sensor units. Small and versatile, the bGeigie units can be mounted on a vehicle or simply carried by individuals, and the data uploaded via iPhone.

     Safecast found that the information from the government was not only slow in coming and incomplete, but in many cases it was inaccurate. Safecast volunteers found radiation levels as much as 10 times higher than the official data, due to localized hotspots and the greater frequency of their readings.

     Two years on, they’ve collected over 5 million data measurements and put the data on their website for all to see and use, making their effort the biggest of its kind ever attempted.

     Safecast is a truly crowd-sourced effort – funding to develop and build the bGeigie units has come from Kickstarter and private donors, and the group has got help from local groups such as Hackerspace and Keio University, as well as from the MIT Media Lab. The data is collected and distributed entirely by volunteers. Their enthusiasm, and Safecast’s success to date, are allowing the group to expand its activities, into monitoring of air and water pollution and food contamination as well as education and outreach.

     After the presentation, lively discussions among the participants and members of the Safecast organization at a nearby restaurant brought the evening to a pleasant end.
 
For more information about Safecast and its activities, see: http://blog.safecast.org . The latest ongoing measurement results can be found here.

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Mon 04 February 2013

EU-Japan Centre for industrial cooperation is currently launching a call for applications for the "HRTP-Japan Industry Insight" 2013 programme for EU companies needing concrete tools for handling business issues with Japan.

Mon 28 January 2013

The EU Gateway Progamme is a programme funded and managed by the European Union to support EU companies in developing business cooperation with Japanese companies. The Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo is supporting the programme by maximizing business opportunities for Dutch participants. 
 
From 5 – 6 February 2013, the below mentioned Dutch companies are visiting Tokyo. Those three companies will present themselves at the two-day Exhibition as follow:
 
Date: 5 -6 February 2013
Venue: Hilton Hotel 4F, Shinjuku
Admission: Free (Prior registration required) 
Event outline (Japanese)
Registration (Japanese) 

LIST OF THE DUTCH PARTICIPANTS 
Plugwise BV  (Solutions for building efficiency, lighting control, home efficiency, smart grid) 
We4Ce B.V. (Rotor blade designs and all rotor blade related services and support) 
LG Sound B.V. (monitoring water quality, algae control, ultrasound, ultrasonic, biofilm, cooling tower, lg sonic) 
 
The Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo would appreciate very much if you could pay a visit to the Exhibition and share your knowledge & expertise with the Dutch participants.  If you would like to have an individual meeting with the Dutch participants, please get in touch with Ms. Komatsubara of the Embassy (Tel: 03-5776-5437 - kazuyo.komatsubara@minbuza.nl).

Fri 25 January 2013

On January 15th the two NCCJs gathered at the Norwegian espressobar / cocktailbar Fuglen in Shibuya. Almost 30 participants braved the snow covered slippery streets of Tokyo to attend this Dutch - Norwegian evening to celebrate a good start on an exciting year 2013.

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