EBC ニュースレター 2023年9月13日

EBC ニュースレター 2023年9月13日


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

This week, allow me to introduce you the latest publication by the EU Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs on the Overview of EU instruments contributing to the Internationalisation of EU Business. This overview aims at facilitating access to information pertinent to EU stakeholders pursuing business internationalisation regarding available direct and indirect EU funding instruments.

Let me remind you that registrations for the 19th North America-Europe Golf Challenge in Japan 2023 are still open (Friday, 6 October, Atsugi Kokusai C.C. in Kanagawa Prefecture). This event is jointly organised by EBC, ACCJ and CCCJ. If you have any questions, please contact Antti Kunnas (FCCJ) on behalf of the Cup’s Task Force.

I would also like to draw your attention to 2 seminars that might be of interest to you:

  • The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is organising a Zoom webinar on the Current Status and Prospects of EU-Japan Relations – Focusing on green, digital, economic security, etc. (21 September, 15:00-16:00, in Japanese only / Free event)
  • The Local Partnership Cooperation Division of MOFA will host a “Regional Promotion Seminar in Fiscal Year 2023” (announcement / brochure) to introduce the attractiveness of a few Japanese regional areas (19 October, 16:00-19:00, Happo-En). This seminar will be co-organised with Nara Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture, Koriyama City of Fukushima Prefecture, Ishioka City of Ibaraki Prefecture. Representatives of these local governments will make a presentation and talk about their policy, international activities, local food and products.

The EBC team is looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • The Japanese government has begun to consider opening up the transport industry to foreign drivers of trucks, buses and taxis by adding them to a specified resident category amid significant labor shortages. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is discussing the matter with the Immigration Services Agency as it looks to add the automobile transport industry to the “specified skilled worker” category, a resident status for foreign nationals who are ready to work immediately in industries struggling to secure labor. (The Mainichi)
  • Several countries including Japan and Germany will start to develop international rules for issues such as quality standardization for the widespread use of e-fuel, a synthetic fuel made from carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen. E-fuel, also called artificial crude oil, can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels and is seen as a key to decarbonization. (The Japan News)
  • A demonstration satellite scheduled to be launched within fiscal 2023 that aims to approach space debris, apparently in the first attempt of its kind in the world, was shown to the press on Sept. 7. The satellite, dubbed ADRAS-J, was unveiled by Tokyo-based venture Astroscale Japan Inc., which is developing technology to remove space debris including the remains of satellites and rockets that have reached the end of their operational lives. (The Mainichi)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Sep 14 (Thu) Telecommunications Equipment Web
Sep 27 (Wed) Food & Agriculture hybrid
Sep 28 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
Oct 18 (Wed) Legal Services TBC
Oct 19 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site
Oct 20 (Fri) Railways hybrid
Oct 26 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
Oct 27 (Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket hybrid

If you are interested in joining a committee meeting, please contact the EBC to confirm the time and meeting place.

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