Japan information session
02-10-2018 :: Leuven, DSP Valley

Organizer: DSP Valley

Japan has gone through a long period of economic stagnation. But the last couple of years, things have been changing. For several consecutive quarters the country is showing a positive growth and the Japanese Nikkei stock index has never been higher in the last 20 years. This makes that most Japanese companies have cash-on-hand and are looking for solid projects to invest in.

In the semiconductor and electronics industries, the demise of the Japanese giants makes the Japan-centric view on products diminish so that the majority of Japanese companies are more open to do business with the outside world. Next to that the combination of a stronger economy and a low birth rate results in an unemployment rate below 3%. This causes a shortage of skilled people and an increased need to rely on foreign expertise. More than enough reasons to believe that Japan is an attractive market again and to check out possible opportunities in that country.
Also in 2019, DSP Valley considers to participate with a joint booth at the Japan IT week – IoT/M2M Spring  (April 10 (Wed) - 12 (Fri), 2019). 
To help better understanding the opportunities and to help making your decision, we will organize an information session on October 2nd starting at 10h00, during which you can listen to presentations or stories from people who are familiar with this country.
A few companies that already built up experience in doing business in those countries will give a testimonial. The EU-Japan trade agreement which will come in force soon will be briefly introduced by the EU-Japan center. Flanders Investment and Trade will provide more insight in the Japanese market and its opportunities. And to finish, a sandwich lunch offers opportunity for further networking and discussion.

Event details:

                                                                                                                                                                    Date: October 2nd , 2018
Location: DSP Valley office, Esperantolaan 4, 3001 Leuven
Starting at: 10h00
Expected end time: 13h00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


10:00 – 10:15     Welcome – introduction
10:15 – 10:35     Intro EU-Japan center + introduction to the EU-Japan trade agreement
                           - Jessica Michelson
10:35 – 10:50     Testimonial by Katty Van Mele - IntoPIX
10:50 – 11:10     Testimonial by Steven Redant – imec
11:10 – 11:25     Testimonial by Patrick Willekens - Option
11:25 – 11:45     Opportunities Japan by Ben Kloeck - FIT
11:45 – 12:00     Japan IT week: a look back to 2018 edition and
                           outlook to DSP Valley mission 2019
12:00 – 13:00     Light lunch - networking
Registration is free for DSP valley members and can be done by sending an email to Johan.lecocq@dspvalley.com

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