• 28 May 2016 by NOBUO YONEYAMA


    1. PM Abe Inclining Against Double Elections


    It had been speculated earlier that PM Abe would dissolve the House of Representatives soon to hold national election of the lower house members at the same time of the upper house election scheduled in this summer.

    However, it was reportedly revealed that PM Abe seemingly decided against the simultaneous elections considering the risk of rather losing the present share of the seats due to the lack of critical issue.

    He rather aims at winning the election of the House of Councilors not only to keep the majority by winning 57 seats out of the total seats to be reelected this time (121), but also to reach two thirds of the entire seats together with New Komei and some others so that Amendment to the Constitution can be initiated.

    Having said that the successful conclusion of the G-7 Summit this week in Japan, in which he took good initiatives as well as his presence in the historic event of President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima should potentially enhance his approval rating in the public and therefore, some media are still anticipating last minute dissolution of the lower house for simultaneous two chambers elections.


    1. Birth Rate Recovered to 1.46


    The Ministry of Welfare and Labor announced Japan’s 2015 demographic statistics on May 23.

    The birth rate was 1.46 and it is for the first time since 1994 for the rate to exceed 1.45.

    Other major statistics are as follows:


    Number of birth:    1,005,656 ( 2,117 up from 2014)

    Number of death:  1,290,428 (17,424 up)

    Population decrease: 284,772

    Average age of first marriage: Male 31.1 years old, Female 29.4 years old (both are same as 2014’s)


    1. Corporate Profit Marked Highest Ever


    It was revealed that the aggregated operating profit of the companies listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s 1st Division for fiscal 2015 ending March 31, 2016 surpassed the highest record marked in fiscal 2007 right before the global economic crisis.

    Automobile companies achieved substantial increase of profit through exports thanks to relatively weak yen, while retail and transportation industries recognized sharp increase of revenue from the growing number of foreign visitors.


    1. G-7 Summit and President Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima


    Despite the fact that the G-7 Summit was held hundreds of kilometers west of Tokyo and Hiroshima is further west, heavy security was in place in Tokyo and in other unrelated major cities in Japan in this week.

    Likewise, the two events dominated the air and paper of the media in Japan this week.

    Unlike the past prime ministers, PM Abe took very visible and proactive initiatives as host in every part of the events including his escort of the other leaders to Ise Shrine, a private meeting with President Obama, inserting his “three arrow growth strategy” in the G-7 communique, offering to the leaders a ride on Japanese FCV, and his escort of President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.

    In this sense, he as well as the Ise Shima resort, local food (Ise lobster, Matsuzaka beef etc.) and local pear, an accessory of which was presented as gift achieved high score through this week. 

  • 17 May 2016 by NOBUO YONEYAMA

    1. Abe-Putin Summit Meeting


    PM Abe met with President Putin on May 6 in Sochi, Russia.

    Reportedly, PM Abe offered 8 economic projects to be taken up by the two nations jointly such as energy development, far east area development, transportation network construction and so forth.

    In return, Abe requested President Putin to take initiative to make a breakthrough for the Northern Islands territorial issue, negotiations of which had been stalled since 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.

    The two leaders agreed to hold at least five summit meetings for the rest of the year.  

    Besides, Putin agreed to give it a serious thought to visit Japan within this year.


    2. Current Account Surplus Doubled Thanks to Low Oil Prices and Surging Foreign Visitors 


    According to the Balance of Payments Statistics of Japan Fiscal 2015 announced by the Ministry of Finance on May 12, Japan’s current account surplus went up to around 18.0 trillion yen ($165.6 B), which is more than double the JFY2014’s current account surplus (8.7 trillion yen).

    The largest contributor to this increase of the current account surplus was the turn-around of its trade balance from JFY2014’s trade deficit (6.6 trillion yen) to JFY2015’s trade surplus (0.6 trillion yen) thanks to the low oil prices.

    This marked the first trade surplus through a year since JFY2011.

    JFY2015’s travel surplus increased by five folds from JFY2014 thanks to the sharp increase of inbound visitors, which also contributed to the turnaround of the current account surplus.


    3. Preparation for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit


    This year’s G7 Summit meeting will be held on May 26 and 27 in the Ise-Shima area of Mie Prefecture in Japan.

    The Ise-Shima is a very well-known sightseeing area having Ise Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in Japan, which enshrines Sun Goddess.

    The area also has very scenic coast lines.

    PM Abe will have a separate meeting with President Obama on May 25 or 26 right before the beginning of the G7 Summit meeting and he will escort all the G7 top leaders to Ise Shrine on May 26.

    He is also scheduled to attend President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on May 27.


    4. Nissan Controls Mitsubishi Motors


    On May 12, Nissan announced that it agreed to accept Mitsubishi Motors’ capital increase through third-party allocation so that it acquires 34% of Mitsubishi Motors’ share.

    In substance, Nissan is going to control Mitsubishi Motors’ management.

    The total sum of automobiles sold by Reno-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors in 2015 was 9.6 million, which is 4th largest in the world after Toyota (10.2 million), Volkswagen (9.9 million) and GM (9.8 million).

    Although the two companies had been closely working together for new light automobile development, Mr. Carlos Ghosn, President of Nissan swiftly moved to approach Mr. Masuko, Chairman of Mitsubishi Motors right after the case of Mitsubishi Motors’ camouflage of fuel efficiency revealed to the public in the end of April and its stock price sharply went down.

    Since the case is still under investigation by the authority and depending on the scale of the wrong-doing, the potential risk involving impact to the world market of Mitsubishi Motors and to its brand value is huge.

    But, Mr. Ghosn judged that the benefit of positioning the auto company under his group such as light automobile and EV development and market access to Asia is bigger than the potential risk.


  • 14 May 2016 by NOBUO YONEYAMA



    1.  米国の製造業復活は夢か?

    2.  中東フリーランサー東京報告第15号

    3.  東アジア情勢 -愛知淑徳大学ビジネス学部真田幸光教授の最新レポートを弊社にてダイジェスト版化

    4.  編集後記 - グローバルチャンバー活動状況

    5.広告 - 米国でヒット中のラブポップカード ―大切な人やペットに想いを伝える超精密・高精細3次元カード



    1.  米国の製造業復活は夢か?





    そして大統領はその政策の成果を見える化すべく、①輸出倍増計画(2009年の輸出高を5年後の2014年に倍増)と、②二期目の公約として製造業の雇用者数を2012年時点に比べ今年末までに100万人増やすことをState of the Unionなどを通じ掲げてきた。







    2. 中東フリーランサー東京報告第15号




    項目は、1. バザールの風景 、2. イラン式三権分立と国政選挙、3. テヘラン大学 ハディアン博士、4. 戦略研究センター(CSR) ナセル・セガフィアメリ氏と

    5. テヘラン空港で再会した「トトレット」の5つです。




    今回の出張では、IJPCプロジェクトに対する好意的なコメントが相次ぎ、三井が帰って来ることを強く求める声が、自身がIJPCプロジェクトに参加した身として、大変印象的でした。 お時間ある時にご覧いただければ幸甚です。」


    3. 東アジア情勢 -愛知淑徳大学ビジネス学部真田幸光教授の最新レポートを弊社にてダイジェスト版化

    (1)  中国

    l  パナマ文書報道の香港紙編集幹部の解雇






    l  軍掌握を誇示する習近平主席





    l  南シナ海に海上浮動式原子力発電所建設






    l  2020年に火星探査機派遣へ









    l  イランで大型インフラ契約受注



    即ち、大林産業はイランのアル・ワジュとイスファハンを繋ぐ49億米ドル規模の鉄道公社と、20億米ドル規模のバクティアリ・ダム水力発電プラント工事を受注し、まもなく本契約直前の仮契約を締結する見通しであり、現代エンジニアリングは35億米ドル規模の「サウス・パース(South Pars)12段階拡張工事」に対する基本契約(Framework Agreement)を締結する予定となっている。


    l  現代重工業、「非常経営体制」宣言




    1.       対米ドル為替相場



    日本:1米ドル/ 112.14(前週対比-2.53)



    2.       株式動向






    4.編集後記 - グローバルチャンバー活動状況




    l  サンディエゴのイベントにカナダのトロントの窓口(Jim Colthart)及び、メキシコのHermosillo (Luis Núñez)と共に参加(スカイプ会議)、地元サンディエゴの企業から日本の中小企業との連携に関し数多くの質問を受けました。 サンディエゴの企業との連携をお考えの方はご遠慮なく仰ってください

    l  バルチモアとサイバーセキュリティに関する共同イベント(スカイプ会議)の予定です。 参加や傍聴にご興味のある方はご遠慮なく仰ってください

    l  南米カリブ海に浮かぶ島国トリニダード・トバゴのExecutive Directorと5月24日(火)の日本時間夜9時に共同イベントを行います。日本進出や日本企業との連携に興味のある地元企業が10社程度集まるそうです。日本とはスカイプでの会議となります。カリブ海の企業との連携はもとより資源、観光、インフラなどのビジネスにご興味のある方はご遠慮なく参加、傍聴ください。

    l  グローバルチャンバーの本部があるフェニックスで10月27日(木)(日本時間28日(金))にジャパンフェスティバルが開催されます。

    l  新たに米国で7都市(アルバカーキ、ボストン、シカゴ、グリーンズボロ、ナッシュビル、サクラメント、シアトル)とアフリカ(Abuja(ナイジェリア)、Accra(ガーナ))、そしてカリビアンとマドリードにグローバルチャンバーの窓口ができました。


    5.広告 - 米国でヒット中のラブポップカード ―大切な人やペットに想いを伝える超精密・高精細3次元カード










  • 14 May 2016 by NOBUO YONEYAMA

    Japan Digest #203

    1. Kumamoto Suffering from Multiple Large Earthquakes


    Since April 14 when Kumamoto of Kyushu suffered from a rector scale 7 class large earthquake, so many large scale aftershocks including rector scale 6 to 7 class have been repeatedly shaking the area. 

    Due to these almost endless aftershocks are making it difficult to provide around 90,000 of evacuees with necessary supplies.

    U.S. Marine’s two MV-22 Ospreys stationed at the Futenma Air Station began to help transport such supplies from the logistics bases to wherever evacuees can access.

    Near the epicenter are major manufacturing companies’ factories including Renesas Electronics, Aishin Seiki, Sony, Fuji Film, Mitsubishi Electric, Honda and Suntory.

    Their production outputs are on hold since the 14th.  Aishin Seiki’s stoppage of supply is leading to stopping 15 factories’ auto production out of Toyota’s entire 16 factories.


         2.  Japan’s innovational trends 


    Japan is currently leading automotive and precision machinery technology, medical technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, robotics and AI, advanced material like composite and ceramics, ICT, social infrastructure technology (high speed train, power plant, water supply) etc. in the world, while it was revealed recently that the government of Japan is trying to set a new goal of scientific and technological innovation called “Super Smart Society”.

    This Super Smart Society is defined as a society where a person of any generation, any gender and any location can live comfortably thanks to timely supply of commodities and services, which are enabled by advanced ICT and AI.

    Concretely, it is aiming to build big database for five fields as below by the year 2020:


    Field of DB                                    Contents                                       Application

    3-D Map                                         3D terrain and road data             *Automatic driving by car

                                                            measured in 3D format               *Health check and quick maintenance of road and tunnel


    Image of monitoring                    Image of criminal and                 *Improve the efficiency of town and traffic network planning

    camera                                           disaster prevention                      *Searching missing people and criminal prevention


    Positioning information              Positioning information              *Shoppers’ awareness of congestion

    of people, objects and of            smart phone and                            of large scale shopping centers etc.

    vehicles                                         vehicles                                         *Assist safe navigation of wheelchair


    Global environments                   Natural environmental                *Climate based agriculture

                                                            Data including tempera-             *Prevention of heatstroke and infectious disease

                                                            ture, rainfalls, intensity                 

                                                            of solar radiation etc.


    Distribution information              Individual company’s                  *More efficient distribution of commodities

                                                            distribution information               *Save energy by combining

                                                            such as inventory status              individual companies distributions



         3. The 4th Growth Strategy Set


    The Government of Japan revealed the 4th Growth Strategy since 2013 when the Abe Administration revealed the three arrow growth strategy.

    The past strategies were intended to prepare business friendly environments, while this 4th strategy is to promote the following ten business fields by making most use of the improved business environments:


    The 4th industrial revolution including Artificial Intelligence

    Health oriented nation

    Enlarge investment in the field of environment and energy

    Promote sports industries to a growing industry

    Promote used home and reform market

    Improve the productivity of the service industries

    Tourism oriented nation

    Agricultural industry’s reform and its exports promotion

    Make most use of private fund in the public fields

    Stimulate consumers’ mind


    4. Political Climate


    Because of the disaster in Kumamoto, political showdown over the TPP approval is being postponed. Both the ruling parties and the opposition parties are paying attention to the result of the special election to fill the vacancy of the House of Representatives in Hokkaido and Kyoto to read the political climate toward the general election for the House of Councilors in this summer. Especially, PM Abe is said to feel the climate based on this result if he could go for dissolution of the lower house for simultaneous general elections in summer.

    In the meantime, he is going to appeal to the public through his diplomacy including his leading G7 summit in Mie Prefecture in May as well as his visit to Russia to have a summit meeting with President Putin, while Foreign Minister Kishida is holding a holding foreign minister level meeting with China to discuss regional issues with his counterpart in China.