EBC Newsletter – December 1, 2021

EBC Newsletter – December 1, 2021


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

Since Tuesday 30 November, Japan has closed its borders to foreign non-residents due to the threat of the omicron variant. The safety protocols implemented by the Japanese government – two PCR tests, one within 72 hours before entering Japan, and one at the border, plus the quarantine regime – keep Japan’s population safe. Thanks to these sanitary measures, the EBC believes it is possible and important to allow companies to bring in essential foreign personnel.

The EBC, together with the ACCJ, will hold a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on Thursday 2 December at 11:00am.

In this newsletter, you will read:

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Written pledge for the traveler wishing entry into Japan” kindly sent by JETRO


Click here to read the document

Joint study on the EU-Japan Connectivity cooperation in the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia


This study has been undertaken in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. It contains actionable proposals for flagship projects, sectors and countries where there can be cooperation and synergies between the EU and Japan in the four sectors of transport, energy, digital, and people-to-people contacts in the three regions covered by this study. It also provides practical recommendations on how to overcome obstacles to promote private investment and facilitate the financing of sustainable connectivity.

You can access and download the full report here.

What’s in the Media

  • Kishida taking no chances as Japan closes border over Omicron (Japan Today)
  • Japan, EU leaders agree to cooperate for free, open Indo-Pacific (Japan Today)
  • Government to expand research subsidy program (The Japan News)
  • Japan PM adviser keen for firms to address human rights issues (The Mainichi)
  • Tax reform outline to include financial taxes (The Japan News)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Dec 2 (Thursday) Liquor Web
Dec 6 (Monday) Aeronautics, Space, Defence, & Security EBC & Web
Dec 6 (Monday) Materials EBC & Web
Dec 8 (Wednesday) Energy EBC & Web
Dec 9 (Thursday) Automotive Components & Aftermarket Off-site & Web
Dec 9 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Dec 10 (Friday) Railways EBC & Web
Dec 16 (Thursday) Telecommunications Equipment Web

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

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