Since April, European companies are contacting us to convey their hardships due to the (re-)entry ban. Additionally, in the past few weeks, certain Japanese business people and organizations have become more vocal about the negative impact of the ban on their own companies including Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), Mr. Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten and Dr. Mori, president of DMG Mori Seiki, the largest machine tool manufacturer in Japan.
We hope our concerns and their voices will soon be heard by the Japanese government.
We wish you a good reading and hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult time.
EBC Chief Operating Officer
EBC statement on the travel restrictions imposed to foreign residents who are currently unable to come back or leave and re-enter Japan
The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) issued this statement on August 17 with the ACCJ, ANZCCJ and BCCJ.
While the situation has somewhat improved with the possibility to leave and return under specific circumstances and the recent removal of the ban for residents that left before March or April (depending on the country from which the individual returns), the EBC and the organizations mentioned above remain concerned.
To read the full statement in English, follow this link.
To read the full statement in Japanese, follow this link.
Keizai Doyukai Chairman’s message: Opinion on Latest Government Measures
On August 17, Mr. Hiroshi Mikitani, the well-known founder and CEO of Rakuten Inc. and Representative Director of the Japan Association of New Economy, gave his comments on the negative impact of the (re-)entry ban to Japan for foreigners on the Japanese economy (in Japanese).
Interview of Mr. Mori,
President of DMG Mori Seiki
The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan organized a roundtable on August 18 with Dr. Masahiko Mori, president of DMG Mori Seiki, the largest machine tool manufacturer in Japan. Dr. Mori shared his views with the Nikkei Shimbun about the negative impact of the (re-)entry ban to Japan for foreigners on the Japanese companies and on the Japanese economy.
The article can be read in Japanese and includes an English translation.
EU-Japan Webinar Series on COVID-19
The EU Delegation is organizing a series of nine online webinars until September 24 in different policy areas ranging from green recovery to trade to public health, bringing together EU and Japanese experts to discuss the impact, policy response and EU-Japan cooperation regarding COVID-19.
Next webinar: September 2 “Webinar N6 – COVID-19 & Energy”
Tokyo Financial Award 2020 –
ESG Investment Category
Tokyo Metropolitan Government is calling for measures taken by financial institutions (domestic and overseas asset owner, asset manager, rating agencies etc.) to promote ESG investment (ESG investment subcategory), and SDGs management that is practiced by businesses (including financial institutions) in the SDGs subcategory. https://finaward.metro.tokyo.jp/en/ https://finaward.metro.tokyo.jp/en/esg/
Based on the themes, they will accept applications from financial institutions that have shown a great achievement in ESG investment promotion in ESG Investment Category (ESG investment subcategory).
After the screening process, the 3 best businesses will be awarded at the early Feb 2021 award ceremony.
Prior to your submission, please refer to the Submission Guidelines.
Application Due Date：Oct 16, 2020, 11:59 PM 〈JST〉
What’s in the Media
Groups from U.S., Europe, U.K., Australia and New Zealand protest Japan’s travel ban (The Japan Times)
Japan to pitch Osaka, Fukuoka as int’l financial hubs after pandemic (The Mainichi)