EBC Newsletter – January 31, 2024

EBC Newsletter – January 31, 2024


From the EBC

 Dear friends of the EBC,

On 25 January, the EBC team went to MOFA to meet with Sotaro Ozaki, Director of the International Economy Division, and Takeshi Koyama, Director of the European Union Economic Affairs Bureau.
Later the same day, we met with Ken Fujita, Director of the European Division, Trade Policy Bureau at METI, and Daiki Megumi, Deputy Director.
These two divisions have been, and continue to be, close interlocutors of the EBC. This was particularly evident before and during the EPA negotiations, when the EBC was in constant contact with both MOFA and METI to stress the importance of the EPA and to ensure that our issues were raised for discussion.
Both the new President, Laurent Depus, and the Directors emphasised the importance of continuing to co-operate.

Bjorn Kongstad, Takeshi Koyama, Laurent Depus, Sotaro Ozaki, Valerie Moschetti
Laurent Depus, Ken Fujita
Don’t forget about our upcoming event to launch the 2024 EBC White Paper on 29 February at 16:00. The White Paper, the cornerstone product of the EBC, is a meticulous compilation of the challenges faced by its members. It is regularly updated and available on the EBC website, ensuring that stakeholders are kept abreast of the latest developments.
The event promises valuable insights from five distinguished industry representatives. This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from experts not only about the challenges facing European industry in Japan, but also about the recommendations proposed to address these issues. The White Paper serves as a powerful advocacy tool to influence improvements in the Japanese regulatory framework.
To register, please email: [email protected]

I would also like to inform you about an event organised by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (EUJC) on 14 February (12:15-13:15) on “The Presence of Europe in a Global Trend of Decarbonization – Lessons from Europe, leading role in energy transition”.
Details and application for participation
Inquiries: Ms. Baba, Conference Section, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) – E-mail address: [email protected]

The EBC team is looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to start actively supporting the recruitment of foreign nationals from fiscal 2024 as Local Vitalization Cooperators who will move from urban areas to underpopulated areas to engage in activities such as tourism promotion and agriculture, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
  • Japan is preparing to add four sectors including the transportation industry to its foreign blue-collar skilled worker visa granting up to five years of working rights, government sources said Sunday, amid fears of driver shortages. (The Mainichi)
  • Japan, the United States, Britain, Australia and seven other countries have agreed on international guidelines for the secure use of artificial intelligence, the Japanese government announced Wednesday. The guidelines are a coordinated initiative aimed at addressing the risks posed by generative AI to intellectual property and others. The other countries that agreed to the guidelines include Canada, Germany, Israel and Singapore. (The Japan News)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Feb 2 (Fri) Railways Hybrid
Feb 7 (Wed) Energy Hybrid
Feb 8 (Thu) Legal Services EBC
Feb 20 (Tue) Sustainability & Social Responsibility Hybrid
Feb 20 (Tue) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site
Feb 22 (Thu) Human Resources Hybrid
Feb 27 (Tue) Logistics & Freight Hybrid

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

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