Currency -- Forex Goes Pop…

US Dollar BillBy Ian Copsey

And now the seasonal exchange slowdown begins.

The past few months have seen the Forex trading profile raised as the US dollar shot higher by between 20 and 40 percent against all currencies except the yen, where it made equally dramatic losses of around 18 percent. This forced the yen to appreciate by between 35 percent and 45 percent against currencies with high interest rates.



Executive Interview -- Timo Varhama, President & General Manager, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK.

Timo VarhamaTimo VarhamaThe chances are that somewhere in your office, the paper you are using came from UPM-Kymmene Japan KK, the Tokyo-based unit of the global forest products group with core businesses in printing papers, specialty papers, label materials and wood products. Headquartered in Finland, UPM has key mills located in Finland, Germany, France, the UK, Austria, the United States, Canada and China.


Executive Interview -- Verizon Business Executive Officer & President, Itsuo Iso.

Itsuo IsoItsuo IsoOne of the biggest players in the global IP industry is Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications. With 321 offices in 75 countries and a global footprint that provides more than 2,700 cities with secure network connectivity, Verizon operates the world’s most connected public IP network for multinational and government clients worldwide.


Financial Crisis -- The Joyride is Over

Sad woman sitting next to her damaged car.By Michael Condon

The credit crunch has put the brakes on Toyota’s golden run in Northern America.

Now, with the American Big Three carmakers teetering on collapse and the Japanese automakers pulling back their North American operations, the global financial crisis threatens to take some of its most symbolically significant scalps yet.


Financial Funds -- Below the Radar

China’s opaque state fund SAFEBy Hugh Ashton

As China’s secretive investment fund makes waves around the world, how much longer can it keep quiet?

Are China's once-silent investment funds moving into Japan?


Intellectual Property -- Copyright War

Illustration Copyright BombBy Michael Condon

Finding even ground in the intellectual property battle.

The creative industries get ready for an offensive to take back what was historically theirs.


Quality Control -- A Matter of Taste

Quality ControlBy Michael O.B. Krähe and Florian Kohlbacher

Respecting customers’ quality requirements.

Strict quality standards and the pitfalls of doing business in Japan.


Research Technology -- X Marks the Spot

Tatsuo NakamuraTatsuo NakamuraBy Hugh Ashton

Some innovative software is helping companies take the guesswork out of patent research.

Maps point the way with new technology in patent research.


Eye on Trade -- A Rupee for Your Thoughts

Indian NoteBy Sarah Noorbakhsh

An interview with Dalel Singh, resident director of the India Trade Promotion Organization.


New Market -- The Waste Trade

Rubbish SackBy Wilhelmina Wahlin

A new, lucrative market is emerging in world trading, and it’s not high-end technologies or virgin natural resources. It’s rubbish.

Trash becomes treasure for manufacturers in China.



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