This was made against the backdrop of the travel restrictions that were introduced in April of this year and then gradually eased. However, as the statement also points out, some differences in the treatment between Japanese nationals and non-Japanese residents are still in effect.
On the same day, the EBC held its last Briefing of the year on de-carbonisation, with speakers from the EU and Japan authorities and from the private sector. Please read the overview and some of the available presentations if you were not able to attend this online event.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took up office on 16 September. He already announced that the country will be carbon-neutral by 2050, has focused on digitization and regulatory reform and recently signed RCEP, Asia’s largest free trade zone. If you want to understand what the first three months of his administration hint for the rest of his term as Prime Minister, please join the Austrian Business Council’s webinar today!
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CCCJ ACCJ EBC Joint Statement: Foreign Chambers Urge Prime Minister Suga to Engage with Foreign National Residents of Japan
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EBC Briefing on de-carbonisation
On 10 December 2020, the EBC organised its fourth briefing of the year on de-carbonisation. The briefing was held as a webinar. In addition to opening remarks by the EBC President, Michael Mroczek and EU Ambassador Patricia Flor, presentations were given by Heidi Hiltunen from the EU Delegation and Kaname Ogawa from the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI. Ms. Hiltunen and Mr. Ogawa offered titbits on what the EU and Japan are doing to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050.
From the EBC, five representatives from various committees gave their views and insights into what is happening in their sector in regard to de-carbonisation, both in the EU and in Japan.
Webinar: Three months of Suganomics – Discernable economic policies and current state of play of the Japanese economy – 16 December 2020, 17:00 – 18:00 – Austrian Business Council
It is three months that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga assumed office. Seen as stout defender of Abenomics, the economic policies introduced by his predecessor Shinzo Abe in 2013, the new Prime Minister announced his own agenda soon after assuming office. Pushing a long overdue digitalization of the administration and the business world, in particular SMEs, and reinforcing Japan’s international stand as defender of free trade and multilateral agreements are two of the first clear messages prime minister Suga offered on his vision of the Japanese economy.
Join the ABC for this webinar with Dr. Sayuri Shirai, Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, to understand what the first three months of his administration hint for the rest of his term as prime minister. Dr. Shirai will open with an explanation of the current state of play of the Japanese economy, its major macro-economic challenges before focusing on what might soon be called genuine “Suganomics”.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Announces Launch of the “Project for Temporary Office Allocation for Foreign Financial Companies and Human Resources”
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), as part of its policy to make Tokyo one of the world’s leading financial city, wants to attract overseas financial firms with the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision, formulated in November 2017.
In light of the recent international situation, TMG is implementing the “Project for Temporary Office Allocation for Financial Foreign Companies and Human Resources,” (hereinafter referred to as “the project”) which will assist foreign financial companies and human resources skilled in finance mainly in Asia in moving to Tokyo by providing them with office space for their temporary stays in Tokyo while they conduct preliminary surveys as a prerequisite for moving.Read more on this document.
What’s in the Media
Japan govt. finalizes social security reform plans (News on Japan)
Suga tells climate summit Japan will review efforts toward 2030 emissions-cut target (Japan Today)