EBC Newsletter – August 27, 2020

EBC Newsletter – August 27, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

Our lobbying for the foreign community against the (re-)entry ban to Japan has kept us very busy this month.

We recently read rumors about the relaxation of the conditions to (re-)enter Japan, but as of today, we are still waiting for an official confirmation and for further details. Bjorn Kongstad, the EBC Chief Policy Director, wrote a short overview on the articles that have recently been published on this issue.

On August 20, an EBC Briefing on our 2020 White Paper, “Strengthening Partnerships, in crisis and opportunity alike” was held online and focused on 4 EBC Committees : HR, Airlines, Liquor and Legal Services. If you were not able to attend, please read this summary.

We will continue our high level meetings and are looking forward to a positive outcome regarding the (re-)entry ban.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Report on the EBC Briefing :
2020 EBC White Paper Launch


On August 20, an EBC briefing was held on the newly published Report on the Japanese business environment, aka the White Paper, called Strengthening partnerships – in crisis and opportunities alike.

News articles on lifting the (re-)entry ban to Japan


By now, you should have seen and read the articles indicating that the Japanese Government will lift the ban on (re-)entering Japan for non-Japanese residents in September. The first article that spoke about this was an NHK article published early in the morning on Friday August 21. While it took a while for other independent articles to appear, there are now a number of articles in both English and Japanese.

What’s in the Media

  • Govt seeks more Japanese leaders in U.N. posts (The Japan News)
  • Japan to allow stranded foreign tech interns to switch job (Kyodo News+)
  • Japan eyes ‘energy forests’ for biomass power generation (The Japan Times)
  • Japan to ease entry restrictions for foreign students (News on Japan)
  • Rakuten CEO urges review of Japan’s COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners (Japan Today)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
August 27 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
August 28 (Friday) Automotive Components & Aftermarket EBC
August 31 (Monday) Materials EBC
September 2 (Wednesday) Energy EBC
September 4 (Friday) Legal Services Off-site
September 10 (Thursday) Logistics & Freight EBC

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

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