Japan – Biogen Japan and Eisai Provide Update on Co-Promotion Of Multiple Sclerosis Treatments In Japan

Biogen Japan Ltd. and Eisai Co., Ltd. announced today the termination of the co-promotion agreement that has been in place since January 2018 for Biogen Japan’s multiple sclerosis (MS) treatments TECFIDERA (dimethyl fumarate), TYSABRI (natalizumab, genetic recombinant) and AVONEX (interferon beta 1a, genetic recombinant) in Japan as of March 31, 2023.

The two companies have been jointly engaged in promotional activities for MS treatments in Japan. However, since a certain objective has been achieved regarding penetration of the products into the Japanese market, the two companies decided to terminate this co-promotion agreement. As a result, Biogen Japan will have full responsibility for all operations related to the products after a transition period between the two companies. Upon termination of this agreement, Biogen will pay Eisai 31 million USD.

The termination of this co-promotion agreement does not impact any of the other agreements between Biogen and Eisai.

For more information, visit www.eisai.com/news/2023/news202315.html.


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Japan – Japan, United Kingdom and Italy Formally Announce Joint Development of a Next-Generation Fighter

The Government of Japan today announced the joint development of the country’s next-generation fighter together with partners in the U.K. and Italy.

In recent years, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed cutting-edge technologies for fighter through diverse research initiatives, including the “X-2,” an advanced technology demonstrator jet. Since October 2020, when a contract was concluded with the Ministry of Defense on development of the future fighter aircraft (F-X), MHI has conducted a conceptual design and other development-related work. Simultaneously, MHI has been looking into the feasibility of collaboration with the U.K. and Italian defense industries under the leadership of the governments of the three nations.

Following the formal announcement of the joint development by the three nations’ governments, the development program will now go forward concurrently in Japan, the U.K. and Italy. MHI will work closely with the government authorities and corporate partners from all three nations, in order to develop the next-generation fighter, pooling our respective cutting-edge technologies and expertise.

This international collaborative project, with the broad participation of Japan’s defense companies, will foster innovation in the country’s industrial sector such as digital transformation, as well as the development of human resources in the field of science and technology. Through its development of the next-generation fighter, MHI will strengthen the country’s defense industrial base as a whole and continue making significant contributions to Japan’s national security.

About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

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Ohayo Japan: Club Med Resorts in Japan welcome back travellers in time for the winter season

Club Med, the pioneer of Premium All-Inclusive holidays, is ready to welcome travellers back to Japan, following the further relaxation of travel restrictions for overseas travellers into the country. This much-anticipated move by the Japanese government is the final lid to allowing overseas travellers easier access into the country after more than two years following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Japan has been on the wish-list of many of our guests and travellers alike, listing the country as the top place to visit amongst Asian travellers post-pandemic, according to a survey by the Development Bank of Japan and Japan Travel Bureau Foundation and is the number one choice for 49% of Singaporeans according to a recent study by market research firm, YouGov. Our resorts in Japan have been preparing to welcome back our guests with the needs of post-pandemic travellers in mind,” said Rachael Harding, Chief Executive Officer, East and South Asia & Pacific Markets, Club Med. “We are very excited to introduce another property in Japan to meet this pent-up travel demand and to also showcase both enhanced and new programmes plus activities aimed at multi-generational families. Our guests can look forward to meaningful and distinctive travel experiences that are unique to the destination. This comes of course with our all-inclusive package and flexible booking policy.”

The Brand New Club Med Kiroro Peak, Renovated Club Med Sahoro and New Experiences in Club Med Tomamu

Travellers who have been eyeing Japan as a go-to destination post-pandemic can choose from three Club Med resorts in Japan, each offering unique locations and experiences, just in time for the winter season from some of the best powder snow in the world found on the ski slopes of Hokkaido. Listed below are the unique attractions, experiences and programmes that are available in each of the resorts:

Club Med Kiroro Peak, Hokkaido – For Savvy Travellers Looking For Unconventional Snow Vacations

Opening in December 2022, experience an unconventional snow vacation at Club Med Kiroro Peak, where mountain meets ocean. The ski-in-ski-out resort offers snow enthusiasts direct access to an untouched ski domain with 23 courses for all levels and pristine off-piste ski slopes. With the highest annual snowfall in Japan (averagely 21m of snowfall a year) and one of the best powder snow in the world, guests can enjoy abundant snow coverage and long ski seasons that start as early as November and last till May, the only mountain resort in Asia to offer spring skiing with this seasonality.

Apres-ski the Hokkaido way as Club Med Kiroro Peak offers a wealth of experiences, featuring Club Med’s first traditional Japanese onsen, Rotenburo outdoor open-air hot bathtub, saunas and a dedicated wellness hub. Guests can also expect a multitude of facilities at Club Med Kiroro Peak, including cultural workshops and activities, nature centres and an indoor resort pool. Not forgetting about Club Med Kiroro Grand is set to open in 2023 and welcomes guests of all ages with a wide host of family-oriented activities and facilities suitable for 2 years old and above.

Club Med Sahoro Hokkaido – For the Discerning Travellers Looking to Unlock Hokkaido’s Mountain Charm

Surrounded by the magnificent Hidaka mountain range that is known for their fresh and snowy slopes, experience the exclusivity of a private mountain at Club Med Sahoro. Begin new traditions and experience a true immersion into authentic Japanese culture and heritage. Having completed its renovation in December 2019, the fresh new look is reflected in Club Med Sahoro’s rooms, reception, theatre, dining and outdoor spaces, blending a level of nuanced modernity with traditional Japanese aesthetics while preserving the beauty and splendour of the Ainu culture.

Discover the best of Hokkaido from indulging in a traditional nabemono dining experience in the specialty restaurant and interactive Hokkaido cooking lessons to trying out ski in Club Med’s first ever Ski Simulator (digital climbing wall) and unwinding in an open-air hot Canadian bath amidst a picturesque mountain landscape, Club Med Sahoro offers a unique selection of magical experiences and moments to share with family and friends.

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido – For the Trend Seekers Looking to Ride a Different Wave

Situated amidst Tomamu mountain, the 145-hectare ski-in and ski-out resort is a paradise for ski lovers and adventure seekers with 29 ski runs for all levels. The perfect natural playground in this winter wonderland, be the first on the mountain and strap on your skis or snowboards to ride a new wave on the freshly prepared white powdery slopes all day long. The fun doesn’t end after the sun sets as the expert Gentils Organisateurs (G.O.) pave the way for a memorable night skiing session under a star-filled sky.

Be in for a treat with a host of wonderful and spectacular winter experiences that ignite the senses at Club Med Tomamu. Immerse yourself in Hokkaido culture and mountain lifestyle with a weekly “Feel Hokkaido” Festival and Cosy Winter Lifestyle concept over special themed activities and entertainment. Not forgetting that food aficionados will have a great time savouring a farm-to-table authentic yakiniku barbecue and indulging in the best local brews with a guided tasting of three premium Japanese whiskies and sakes at The Nest.

A Snow Holiday Like No Other

With over 25 ski resorts spanned across Canada, France, Italy, China and Japan, Club Med offers a world of incomparable snow experiences. Guests can expect an all-inclusive, hassle-free holiday experience Club Med is renowned for, which includes accommodation with refined comfort and contemporary interior design, gourmet cuisine and open bar located in exceptional destinations. This is completed with a myriad of activities and entertainment throughout the day including ski and snowboarding classes with ski passes, as well as kids’ clubs from 4 to 17 years of age which are made possible by an attentive and dedicated G.O. team.

Travel with a Peace of Mind

Club Med has developed Safe Together, a guest assurance program with the support of Ecolab, a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, to ensure optimal health and safety of the travellers through a series of heightened hygiene and safety protocols implemented across all of Club Med’s resorts and aligned with recommendations from the worldwide health authorities and local regulations.

Aside from heightened safety measures, Club Med also understands the need for increased flexibility and security with travel planning and has introduced the Peace of Mind policy at the start of the pandemic, giving travellers the freedom of a complementary change of travel date, a book-now-pay-later option, and free cancellation of up to 30 days before the travel date. Complimentary COVID-19 coverage is also included in its all-inclusive holiday package for international destinations, more details available here.

Offering a unique blend of sports, cultural experiences, family activities and peace of mind, Club Med aims to make travel happen again to the land of the rising sun, with a renewed purpose of providing their guests with a Premium All-Inclusive worry-free experience. The same all-inclusive signature formula of great people, transformative experiences and idyllic destinations await guests at Club Med.

About Club Med

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gerard Blitz, invented the all-inclusive holiday club concept, adding activities especially for children with the creation of the Mini Club in 1967. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med seeks out exceptional destinations and sites. Today, Club Med is the world’s leading provider of upscale, all-inclusive holiday packages with a French touch for families and working couples. Club Med operates nearly 70 resorts, of which 85% are rated Premium & Exclusive Collection. Present in 30 countries around the world, the Group employs more than 23,000 Gentils Organisateurs (GOs) and Gentils Employes (GEs), representing 110 nationalities.

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Daiso Japan to Open First Store in Nevada

| 10:00AM 
Where: 7285 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89113 (Arroyo Crossing Center)

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/416802226581851

    •    The first 100 customers with minimum $30 purchase (receipt) will receive a goodie bag on 12/29/21 and 12/30/21.

DAISO Japan, known for its wide selection of household products at extremely low prices, is averaging 10 to 20 new store openings globally every month. With 3,300+ stores in Japan and over 5,500 stores worldwide, DAISO is proud to introduce its high quality DAISO brand items to shoppers around the world. Through high volume purchases — in the millions for a single product – the Japanese variety store is able to keep costs down. With the continuing increase in the cost of living, DAISO’s mission is to help consumers maintain a high standard of living without spending more. For more information, please visit https://www.daisojapan.com/.

Ricoh continues to be recognized in the FTSE4Good, FTSE Blossom Japan, and the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Indices

Ricoh Company, Ltd. has once again been selected for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index Series, the FTSE Blossom Japan Index, and the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN), which are share price indices for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments*. Ricoh has been included in the FTSE4Good Index for the past 18 consecutive years, and the FTSE Blossom Japan Index and the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) since being established in 2017.

Ricoh’s approach to sustainability is to pursue a sustainable society through a Three Ps Balance—Prosperity (economic), People (society), and Planet (environment). In order to realize this desired society, Ricoh has identified seven material issues in two areas, “Resolving social issues through business” and “Robust management infrastructure,” set 17 relevant ESG targets, and endeavor to incorporate them into group-wide efforts.

Ricoh’s top management has positioned “diversity” and “work-life management” as part of its growth strategy and has been driving various initiatives to promote women’s empowerment. Starting in 2020, we have set “diversity and inclusion” as one of the materiality issues to be addressed as part of our efforts to strengthen our robust management infrastructure. We have set the ratio of female managers as an ESG target, and we are strengthening our efforts centered on changing work styles and providing career support. In addition, Ricoh joined the 30% Club Japan in November 2020, which aims to increase the ratio of female executives in companies.

Ricoh will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by the international community by solving social issues through business and realizing a sustainable society.

FTSE Russell—a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group—has been selecting companies for inclusion in their FTSE4Good Index since 2001 and focuses on companies demonstrating strong ESG practices.

The FTSE Blossom Japan Index was created in 2017, focusing on Japanese companies, and has since been adopted by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as its share price index for ESG investments.

The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) was created in 2017 to evaluate companies in how they promote and maintain higher levels of gender diversity.

*ESG investments are those that consider more than a company’s financial performance, but also their approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. ESG investments are based on the understanding that emphasis on good ESG practices can help eliminate risk. Such information cannot be gleaned from regular financial reports. ESG investments can lead to more sustainable growth and greater mid-to-long term revenue potential for those companies.

Relevant Contents

Ricoh’s Approach to Seven Material Issues and ESG Targets

Diversity and Work-Life Management

Related Links

FTSE4Good Index Series

FTSE Blossom Japan Index

MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)

About Ricoh

Ricoh is empowering digital workplaces using innovative technologies and services that enable individuals to work smarter from anywhere.

With cultivated knowledge and organizational capabilities nurtured over its 85-years history, Ricoh is a leading provider of digital services and information management, and print and imaging solutions designed to support digital transformation and optimize business performance.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group has major operations throughout the world and its products and services now reach customers in approximately 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ended March 2021, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,682 billion yen (approx. 15.1 billion USD).

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com