Japan Expands Boundaries of Design, Technology, and Innovation

New York, New York - July 10, 2007 The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) released a newsletter today highlighting economic and cultural developments in Japan. It can be viewed at:


A summary is presented below:

• Japan Expands Boundaries of Design, Technology, and Innovation

With all the excitement that currently exists about growth and business opportunities in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and other emerging economies, insufficient attention is paid to...

• Japanese Innovation Has Revolutionized Design, Consumer Products, and Manufacturing for more than 50 Years

From humble beginnings manufacturing transistor radios, appliances and other electronic, and light industrial products, Japanese firms began to appreciate the critical importance of...

• Japanese Design Embraces Aesthetics, Function, and Simplicity

For their design ideas, Japanese companies drew upon traditional values as well as the principles of the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus was a modernist art and architecture school in Germany that...

• The Japanese Aesthetic Has Become Integral to Total Experience and Lifestyle Design

Japan's design and manufacturing success in the 1970s and 1980s transformed it into an export powerhouse, and led to its emergence as the world's...

• Japanese Influence on Design and Product Development Rises in Era of Increased Global Cooperation

As recently as five to ten years ago design-oriented companies such as Toyota set up local offices within key foreign markets whose purpose was to...

• Japanese Design Talent Has Given Japanese Firms an Invaluable Edge

The 1980s were a time of considerable economic success for Japan. From the 1990s onward, however, Japanese firms have confronted a more difficult operating environment. This includes...

• Japan Remains an Essential Market for any Firm Focused on Future Trends and Lifestyle Products

Commenting on Japan's importance as a center of design, Juha Christensen, president of mobile and devices at software maker Macromedia Inc., recently told Business Week he always stops by...

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Data, statistics and the reference materials presented within this newsletter have been compiled by JETRO from publicly- released media and research accounts. Although these statements are believed to be reliable, JETRO does not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information should be checked independently by the reader before they are used to make any business or investment decision.

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JETRO New York
Akihiro Tada
Executive Director
Jetro New York Office
email: akihiro_tada@jetro.go.jp
tel./fax +1-212-997-0416/+1-212-997-0464

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