|Dear Friends of the EBC,
This past week, the EBC has been very busy raising awareness about the entry restrictions.
On 9 February, our president, Mr. Michael Mroczek, participated in a press conference on “How Strict Border Controls are Hurting Japan”, organised by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Japan, with Christopher LaFleur (ACCJ), Marcus Schuermann (German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan), Matthew J. Wilson (Temple University, Japan Campus) and Filippo Pedretti (student at University of Padua/Ca’ Foscari University of Venice).
On the same day, the EBC president met Prime minister Kishida on the occasion of the handover of the EU-Japan Business Round Table recommendations.
On Tuesday 15 February, the EBC Policy Director, Mr. Bjorn Kongstad, talked on TV Tokyo’s Nikkei News Plus 9 on its BS channel to raise the issue of the entry restrictions. Other participants were Keizo Takemi, former Vice MHLW Minister, and Nihon University Professor Mitsuru Fukuda. The EBC made the case that European companies are suffering from the entry restrictions, although the effects are also felt by Japan companies as they may be dependent on said companies being able to bring in engineers. Therefore, Japan needs to, while still using appropriate health protocols, amend its border measures policies. Furthermore, Japan risks losing its attractiveness as a destination for investments.
Our Survey on the impact of the Entry Restrictions is still open until Monday 21 February. Don’t hesitate to participate, we need your answers!
The situation may improve as Prime minister Kishida is expected to give a press conference on Thursday 17 February to announce an easing of the entry restrictions and a change in the quarantine requirements. The EBC will remain vigilant on the real evolution of the situation.
Finally, if you are interested in trilateral business cooperation, the EU-Japan Centre is organising the EU-Japan Business Matchmaking with Africa 2022.
We hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult time.
EBC Chief Operating Officer