EU medical technologies

The European Union will host a business mission focusing on European health care and medical technologies at the Hilton Tokyo from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 under the umbrella of the EU Gateway Programme, a business program funded and managed by the EU to support EU companies in developing business cooperation with Japanese companies.

Some 40 companies from EU member states will spend a week in Tokyo, during which they will present their products and technologies during a two-day exhibition and have meetings with potential partners.

In addition, the EU will provide them with an opportunity to learn about the Japanese market and business customs through briefings and on-site visits.

Japanese visitors to the business exhibition will be able to meet and talk directly with representatives of the European companies.

A wide range of innovative products and technologies will be on display, such as diagnostic, monitoring and surgical devices and technologies, implants, dental technologies, medical information systems, imaging systems, physiotherapy products and patient transfer systems.

More detailed explanation of the companies and their products and technologies are available at www.eu-gateway.jp .


Aspects of Mount Aso

On Oct. 30, Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu will hold a symposium in Tokyo to let people know about the Aso area.

The symbolic icon of the area is Mount Aso, which is the largest active volcano in Japan and among the largest in the world. Because of its natural situation, there are many unique and beautiful surrounding landscapes, and the people living around the mountain have adapted their lives to the volcanic area.

Kumamoto Prefecture is aiming to get the Aso area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Therefore, the prefecture is hoping to showcase the area to as many people as possible.

Nobukazu Nakagoshi, a professor at a graduate school of Hiroshima University as well as the chairman of the investigation committee of cultural landscapes of Aso, will talk about the area.

A panel discussion about Aso gaining World Heritage status will follow.

The symposium will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Seiryo Kaikan in Nagatacho. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required at www.pref.kumamoto.jp/site/sekaiisan by Oct. 18.

All participants will receive souvenirs featuring the prefecture’s iconic character, Kumamon.

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