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SJCC in September 2022

Martin Herb

SJCC President

September 11, 2022

Dear Members and Friends,

Challenges and uncertainties have increased in business. Reliable and trustworthy partners are of uttermost importance. Japan and Switzerland share such relations and the SJCC provides you with a relevant forum and information for the sharing of common values and interests.

SJCC has had a successful year so far. Still under Covid restrictions, a very large number attended the Shinnenkai to celebrate the New Year. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin attended the SJCC AGM in May, highlighting the importance of the Swiss-Japanese relations and the essential role of the Chamber. An interesting UBS after-work event, with a global economic outlook and overview of the Joint Venture of UBS SuMi TRUST Wealth Management, followed an attractive event in Lausanne
with the IMD.

Upcoming Events

– On 16 September 2022 in cooperation with EIZ/University of Zurich, SJCC will welcome Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka 2022. He discovered the phenomenon of initialization of mature cells by introducing a few factors into somatic cells, which enabled the cells to acquire pluripotency.

– On 6 October 2022, Avaloq – A NEC company will open the doors for the SJCC. Avaloq is the global leader of digital banking solutions, core banking software and wealth management technology. Japanese NEC Corporation acquired Swiss Avaloq in 2020.

– In a period of uncertainties regarding inflation and global issues, the upcoming presentation of Thomas Jordan, SNB Chairman, speaking at the Chamber on 15 November 2022 will be of great interest. Save the date.

Enhanced Information: from UBS, Embassy, Jetro

Information is essential. SJCC will provide enhanced information for members. I’m very pleased that SJCC is beginning to make available various qualified publications on a regular basis, such as:

– UBS Japanese Economy Report
– Swiss Embassy Japan Economy Report
– JETRO Geneva Newsletter

I invite you to consult the full programme of highly interesting events from SJCC and other organisations. To keep you from missing them, upcoming events are regularly listed on the website and invitations are sent.

I’m very happy to head a dynamic SJCC, working together with all of you for the interest of the successful bilateral Swiss-Japanese relations.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Herb
President