EBC Newsletter – April 8, 2020

EBC Newsletter – April 8, 2020



From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

The news is still focusing on the Covid-19 crisis. Yesterday, Prime Minister Abe declared a state of emergency until May 6 for seven prefectures, including Tokyo.

In this context, the EBC team has selected articles to offer you a view on various governmental measures to help companies and citizens through these difficult times.

The EBC is also relaying a survey launched by JETRO among foreign companies in order to better understand their current needs and problems to maintain their business in Japan. Thank you in advance for your participation. We will share with you the results when we receive them.

As many conferences and events have been cancelled, we have selected some interesting webinars aiming at helping executives and managers to better think about and plan for the future for their company.

We hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult and unprecedented time.

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • Japan business circles welcome state of emergency to fight coronavirus (The Mainichi)
  • Abe unveils massive coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP (Japan Today)
  • Japan to sell record extra bonds to fund coronavirus stimulus (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Japan eyes tax moratorium for virus-hit firms with 20% revenue drop (The Mainichi)
  • Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis (Japan Today)
  • Foreigners in Japan given extra 3 months to renew stay due to coronavirus (The Mainichi)
  • KDDI, SoftBank team up on spreading 5G networks to rural Japan (The Japan Times)
  • Japan logs current account surplus of 3.17 tril. yen in Feb. (The Mainichi)

JETRO Survey on
“The impact of COVID-19 on business operations of foreign-affiliated companies”


The Covid-19 pandemic is globally expanding and having economic and financial impacts.

In this context, JETRO is currently conducting a survey among foreign affiliated companies in Japan to understand what kind of support they need. It is an opportunity to convey your problems and your needs to maintain and expand your business in Japan.

You can answer the survey through this link:

Any personal information (your company name, contact information, etc.) will not be disclosed to third parties or other users.

Thank you very much for sharing this information and for answering the survey by April 10th.

[Inquiry for this survey]
Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)
Invest Japan Promotion Division, Invest Japan Department
Nagasaki (Mr.), Usui (Mr.)
Phone: 03-3582-5571
E-Mail: [email protected]

Webinars organized by
EU National Chambers of Commerce


Since March, many conferences and events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as new technologies give us the opportunity to organise digital events accessible from our office or our home, the EBC team has reviewed interesting Webinars offered by European National Chambers of Commerce in Japan and other organisations in Asia:

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Committee Date Time Location
Logistics & Freight April 9 (Thu) 12:00~ EBC
Sustainability & Social Responsibility April 21 (Tue) 0830 Off-Site
Medical Equipment & Diagnostics April 23 (Thu) 14:00~ Off-Site
Automotive Components & Aftermarket April 24 (Fri) 16:00~ EBC
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
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