Business opportunities and challenges for industrial SMEs in Japan (St-Gallen seminar, Dec. 4)

Oct 16, 2018

The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in collaboration with Commerzbank Switzerland and SME-Ventus, jointly invite you to this event where new business and investment opportunities will be identified and deep linkages with Japan may be forged.


At this event you will have the opportunity to receive valuable information from country experts and executives from Swiss SMEs active in Japan who share their personal experiences, difficulties encountered and in-depth insights into the Japanese market. After the event you will have enough time to meet other participants and share your experiences at our cocktail.


Tuesday, December 4th, St. Gallen, 16:30-19:30



16:30 Guests registration and welcome coffee

17:30 Welcome and opening remarks

   Mr. André Merz, Head of International and Swiss (SME) Desk, Commerzbank Switzerland

17:10 Why Japan? 5 reasons to invest in Japan

   Mr. Takashi Wada, Director General, JETRO Geneva

18:00 A few key points on establishing and running an operation in Japan

   Mr. Charles Ochnser, Attorney at law, CHPM Tokyo

18:25 How Swiss SME's can compete with local companies in the highly regulated Japanese medtech sector

   Mr. Andreas Renfer, Sales Director, Ziemer Ophthalmic System AG

18:50 Converting a crisis into success

  Mr. Adriano Gut, Product Manager, SwissQPrint AG

19:15 JETRO Services

  Ms. Fumi Jokura, Director, JETRO Geneva

19:30 Closing & Apéro Riche with networking



The event will be moderated by Mr. Marcello Piccirillo, Managing Partner, SME-Ventus GmbH



The event will be held in English and is free of charge but registration is mandatory.

Limited seating available.



Radisson Blu Hotel, Room Paris, St. Jakob-Strasse 55, CH-9000 St. Gallen

Parking is available on site


Target audience

Entrepreneurs, Managing Directors, Sales or Country Managers from industrial SMEs.


Event Partners

The event is kindly supported and hosted by