Media August 2011

Canadians, Swiss, Germans on JMEC

The Canadian, Swiss and German chambers of commerce in Japan featured the 17th Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) in July, of which BCCJ President Philip T Gibb was one of the judges. Winners were announced on 10 June at the Tokyo American Club including Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) public relations and event coordinator Asami okusawa, reported The Canadian, published by the CCCJ.

The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan’s website quoted Marko Zelgar, the only Swiss participant in the programme, as saying: “I preferred the JMEC programme to an MBA course because I wanted to have a result, and not an exam, at the end of this education”.

“It is an intensive and tough experience, though,” the 30-year-old admits. He had no free weekends, because the training and work is done entirely apart from the participants’ normal job duties.

JMEC is a non-profit programme to foster the development of foreign business in Japan and strengthen the skills of young business executives, according to the German Chamber of Commerce’s Japanmarkt online. now in its 18th year, JMEC has produced 159 business plans by 848 participants.