EBC Newsletter – April 22, 2020

EBC Newsletter – April 22, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

The covid-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world and news highlights the Japanese government efforts to set up safety nets for businesses and households.

In this context, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Patricia Flor, kindly welcomed EuroBiz Japan (the EBC Magazine), to talk about the EU’s response to the coronavirus, how it is supporting the European economy, and her hopes for the future, as well as a few other important recent events.

The EBC team keeps in mind that you may need some assistance in the current economic turmoil. We therefore updated the selection of webinars offered by several European national Chambers of Commerce in Japan to help businesses affected by Covid-19.

We wish you a good reading and hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult and unprecedented time.

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Interview of the Ambassador of the EU to Japan, Patricia Flor


Ambassador of the European Union to Japan Patricia Flor kindly welcomed EuroBiz Japan (the EBC Magazine), to talk about the EU’s response to the coronavirus, how it is supporting the European economy, and her hopes for the future, as well as a few other important recent events.

What’s in the Media

  • COVID-19 stimulus response to boost Japan’s GDP by up to 3.8%, Abe says (The Japan Times)
  • Cash payments for coronavirus program set to start in May (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Pandemic to wipe out $17 billion in Japanese firms’ sales (Japan Today)
  • Pandemic to bring Asia’s 2020 growth to halt for 1st time in 60 years: IMF (Japan Today)
  • Japanese firms making medical gowns, sanitizer amid virus spread (Japan Today)
  • G-20 farm ministers vow to oppose measures disrupting food supply (Kyodo News)
  • Tokyo coronavirus support line for foreign residents set up (Japan Today)
  • Japan to extend visa suspensions until end of May as virus spreads (The Mainichi)

Webinars focused on supporting businesses affected by the covid-19 crisis


If your business needs support in the current context, we listed webinars focused on supporting companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis, offered by European national Chambers of Commerce in Japan:

– French Chamber of Commerce
Managing today, preparing tomorrow – April 22 : https://www.ccifj.or.jp/evenements/calendrier/e/event/managing-today-preparing-tomorrow.html

– German Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Outbreak in Japan: How the Japanese Government’s stimulus package can provide access to liquidity? – April 21: https://japan.ahk.de/en/events/coming-events/event-details-en/webinar-covid-19-outbreak-in-japanhow-the-japanese-governments-stimulus-package-can-provide-access-to-liquidity
2nd webTalk@AHKJapan – Industry updates – April 23 : https://japan.ahk.de/en/events/coming-events/event-details-en/webinar-webtalk-2-ahkjapan-industry-updates

– Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Free Webinars by IMD business school – Recordings are available – April 24: https://www.sccij.jp/events/free-webinars-by-imd-business-school/

– Spanish Chamber of Commerce
After the Pandemic – April 22: https://spanishchamber.jp/event/after-the-pandemic/

– Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Is 5G the Game Changer? – April 23 – https://www.sccj.org/events/106

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Committee Date Time Location
Medical Equipment & Diagnostics April 23 (Thu) 14:00~ Off-Site
Automotive Components & Aftermarket April 24 (Fri) 16:00~ WebEx
Energy May 13 (Wed) 13:30~ EBC
Legal Services May 15 (Fri) 12:00~ Off-Site
Medical Equipment & Diagnostics May 21 (Thu) 14:00~ Off-Site
Human Resources May 28 (Thu) 09:00~ EBC

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

White Paper Sponsorships

The European Business Council in Japan specializes in Japanese government relations and public affairs. Among our various services, the EBC White Paper is by far the most important document that we annually produce.

The White Paper is read by not only Japanese authorities, but also by the various European embassies and the EU Delegation. Its recommendations to the Japanese government in 25 economic sectors are a useful tool for European businesses to advocate on various problems they encounter on – or to access to – the Japanese market.

We are therefore hoping that we can get the resources that are needed to print, translate and distribute this White Paper, something that has been done now for 20 years.

We would be very glad if you could support our work on improving better economic relations between the EU and Japan through one of OUR VARIOUS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMMES.

Thank you in advance for your precious contribution.

European Business Council JAPAN
Sanbancho POULA Bldg. 2F, 6-7 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075
TEL 03-3263-6222   |   FAX 03-3263-6223

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