Sport German companies in Japan see Olympics Skeptical

07:15  22 june  2021
07:15  22 june  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Many of the German companies working in Japan look more skeptically on the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Eine Installation im Hafenviertel Odaiba in Tokio zeigt die Olympischen Ringe. © - / Kyodo / dpa An installation in the Odaiba harbor district in Tokyo shows the Olympic Rings.

In a survey of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan), around one third of the companies adopted, they sensed the nature of the discharge of the Olympic Games stronger as a signal of the persistent crisis as a positive breaking signal. At the same time, 20 percent believed that Japan will generate great losses with the alignment of the games, it said. At the same time, 95 percent of respondents evaluated the high stability of their business relationships and the reliability of the Japanese partners as the greatest advantage of the Japan site.

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The German Democratic Republic (GDR), often called East Germany , founded a separate National Olympic Committee for socialist East Germany on 22 April 1951 in the Rotes Rathaus of East Berlin. This was the last of three German Olympic committees of the time.

At the survey carried out together with the Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft KPMG in April, more than 100 German companies involved in Japan. Despite the difficult framework conditions by the Corona pandemic, 83 percent of them could have achieved profits in the Japanese market over the past financial year. As a further advantages of their commitment in the world's third largest economy in Germany, the vast majority called the high economic stability of the country, security and social stability as well as the stable political environment.

Important partner for Germany

Japan also applies in times of geopolitical tensions, including between the two largest economic powers USA and China, for the German economy as a stability anchor and important cooperation partners in Asia. "Investments are always aligned in the long term. German companies therefore always attach great importance to stability and safety. Japan takes a top spot in international comparison, "says Marcus Schürmann, Managing Board member of the AHK Japan.

a great challenge, in case of Japan, is rapidly aging population. It will now be perceived as almost as threatening as the consequences of the Corona pandemic, it said. Thus, 79 percent of respondents call the recruiting well-trained employee as the biggest challenge. The inflexibility of Japanese labor law will also make almost every second company.

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