EBC Newsletter – April 5, 2023

EBC Newsletter – April 5, 2023

From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

On Tuesday 28 March, the EBC management met with Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament to discuss about the current situation for European companies on the Japanese market. It was also an opportunity to hand him over the last EBC White Paper.

On Monday 3 April, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders met with the EBC, Keidanren, Japan Business Council in Europe, Fujitsu, Sony and Tokyo Electron Limited to exchange on human rights due diligence, CSR, and data protection. At the end of the meeting, the EBC presented him its White Paper.

This week, I would like to share with you the following information:

  • The EU Delegation to Japan and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation are organizing a joint hybrid seminar on Renewable energy: the business case for going green, with testimonies from European and Japanese SMEs (17 April, 17:00-18:45)
    For onsite participation (capacity 100 people): Click here
    For ZOOM webinar participation: Click here
  • JETRO is pleased to announce a public call for the “Subsidy for Foreign Direct Investment Stimulation Project” to a wide range of companies.This subsidy covers up to half of the cost of feasibility studies conducted in cooperation between foreign and Japanese companies.
  • If your company wants to learn more about the latest tax amendments and to raise issues regarding all matters related to tax, we are pleased to inform you that the EBC Tax Committee will hold its first committee meeting of the year on 6 April from 9:00am at the EBC. You are more than welcome to forward this invitation to any of your colleagues, especially your tax manager!
    To register for the meeting, please send an email to: [email protected]

If you are currently experiencing problems with non-tariff barriers on the Japanese market, consider contacting the EBC  to join one of our committees!

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • A clause requiring efforts to respect human rights will be included in the bidding instructions and contracts used when the government purchases products and services from businesses, it has been decided. (The Japan News)
  • Japan plans to increase its supply of hydrogen sixfold from the current level to around 12 million tons by 2040 in an effort to spur use of renewable energy, a draft revision to its resource policies showed Tuesday. (The Mainichi)
  • Japan will end the current border control measures on travelers from overseas on May 8 in line with its decision to categorize COVID-19 as a common disease the same day, the government said Monday, in a major shift toward normalizing social and economic activities. (Japan Today)
  • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to increase the number of international students in Japan to 400,000 and lift the figure for Japanese students studying abroad to 500,000 in 2033. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Apr 6 (Thu) Tax EBC
Apr 13 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
Apr 14 (Fri) Railways hybrid
Apr 20 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site
May 10 (Wed) Logistics and Freight hybrid
May 10 (Wed) Energy hybrid
May 16 (Tue) Sustainability & Social Responsibility Hybrid
May 19 (Fri) Railways hybrid
May 25 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
May 25 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site

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

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