EBC ニュースレター 2023年9月20日

EBC ニュースレター 2023年9月20日



From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

The EBC has been very active attending or organising various meetings these past few days.

On 14 September, the EBC Committees’ chairs met to present their activities and to reflect on how to achieve better concrete results for European businesses. The various committees will be looking to work together, in particular to organise more joint events. These discussions are important for the EBC management in order to follow as closely as possible the concerns and needs of European companies in Japan.

On 11 September, Mr. Nikolaus Boltze, Country Representative of ThyssenKrupp and Chair of the EBC Defense and Security Committee, was invited at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan to give a 75 Minute presentation to a Dutch delegation, composed of a brigade-general and 25 young officers.

On 7 Septemberthe EBC management met Mr. Jens Eskelund, the new President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. Uncertainties in China’s policy environment and rising geopolitical tensions, as well as the persistence of long-standing market access barriers are currently affecting European companies. They have started reviewing their investment and operational strategies, and ensuring their supply chains are fit for more uncertain conditions. EuroCham China and the EBC belong to the European Business Organizations Worldwide Network, that issued its first Newsletter yesterday.

Let me finally 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.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • Aiming to prevent identification fraud and data falsification, the government is planning to create a certification system for electronic seals, or eSeals, that indicate the entities that issued electronic documents. The certification is intended to enhance the credibility of electronic authentication services and promote their widespread use. The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry aims to establish the system by the end of fiscal 2024. (The Japan News)
  • Japan is looking to legislate a “security clearance” system, which grants some individuals special access to classified government data, in 2024 to prevent critical information from leaking to overseas entities, a government source said Saturday. The move comes as “dual-use” technology, in which cutting-edge innovation developed by private businesses can be used for military purposes, has been expanded. The plan is expected to be included in the country’s revised economic security bill next year. (Japan Today)
  • The transport ministry plans to allow foreign nationals with a “specified skilled worker” visa to work as taxi, bus and truck drivers to help alleviate a growing manpower shortage. The ministry is considering realizing the plan within this fiscal year. Multiple factors have contributed to Japan’s shortage of drivers. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
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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