EBC Newsletter – July 1, 2020

EBC Newsletter – July 1, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

We have been advocating for several weeks now against the re-entry ban in Japan imposed on most non-Japanese nationals.

We are planning further actions, but we need data to support our requests. Therefore, we launched a survey that has been disseminated by EU national Chambers of Commerce to their members. In case you are a European company which is not a member of an EU national Chamber, you can fill out this survey (see details below).

The more companies take part in the survey, the more representative the results become. We hope for your cooperation and support!

We also give you the opportunity to answer a JETRO survey (until July 3rd). JETRO would like to better understand the difficulties foreign businesses might have today, with the objective to further strengthen support to these companies.

Vicente J. Luna, an analyst of worldwide big data on location and mobility, shares a presentation on the current COVID-19 economic situation in Japan.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

EBC Survey


The survey is accessible through this link from Monday June 29 to Wednesday July 8.

We would like to thank the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan for allowing us to replicate the questions used in their survey conducted among German companies at the beginning of June 2020.

JETRO Survey on Operations of
Foreign-affiliated Companies


JETRO is conducting a survey to correctly understand the difficulties foreign businesses might have today. It will help JETRO improve its services as well as the government to make more suitable policies.

The results of this survey will be available later on JETRO’s website.

Complete the survey by July 3 (Friday) at https://www.jetro.go.jp/form5/pub/jaa/suvery2020

Charting the Uncharted 2020:
Japan Between Cautious and Selective


Vicente J Luna, a digital marketing expert, develops smart-city analytics and has deep knowledge in using data. He already shared presentations in previous issues of this Newsletter.

Today, he is kindly sharing a data analysis of the current COVID-19 economic situation in Japan (Ikea opening in Harajuku, Hotels in Tokyo, Japan/Europe mobility trend).

Poland takes over annual V4 Presidency
(July 2020-June 2021)


The Visegrad Group gathers 4 countries of the Central European region (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). They work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration.

The new presidency’s motto is: “Back on track” – post-COVID-19 recovery and new impetus to regional cooperation. Poland will also work on strengthening V4+Japan relations:

Webinar on “COVID-19 and
Digitalization of Society


Digitalisation will play a central role in recovering from the crisis wrought by COVID-19. Already during the crisis, digital solutions, including enabling people to work and learn remotely, helped reduce the adverse impact of the pandemic and helped many businesses stay open. COVID-19 has shown that digital technologies are essential to the functioning of today’s global economy and underline their transformational potential. But digital technologies are also generating new policy issues. Policy makers in Japan and the EU need to ensure that the infrastructure, the connectivity and the regulations are in place to respond to the coronavirus and to keep people active and safe online. In this webinar, European and Japanese experts will share views about the role of digitalisation for the recovery and how they can contribute to a green recovery by addressing topics such as data governance and privacy, digital innovation or the interoperability of digital services between the EU and Japan.

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2020, 4:30pm-6:00pm
Registration: https://www.eujapanspa.jp/informacion-del-evento/webinar-n3-covid-19-digitalisation-of-society

What’s in the Media

  • EU agrees to lift restrictions on travel from Japan, 13 others (Kyodo News+)
  • Job openings in Japan experience sharpest monthly drop on record (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Japan companies to get government support in developing post-5G tech (The Japan News)
  • Japanese firms testing AI tech to recruit talent (The Japan Times)
  • Japan to create guidelines to improve conditions for freelancers (Japan Today)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
July 16 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
July 30 (Thursday) Human Resources EBC
August 18 (Tuesday) Sustainability and Social Responsibility Off-site
August 27 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
August 28 (Friday) Automotive Components & Aftermarket EBC
August 31 (Monday) Materials EBC

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

White Paper Sponsorships

The European Business Council in Japan specializes in Japanese government relations and public affairs. Among our various services, the EBC White Paper is by far the most important document that we annually produce.

The White Paper is read by not only Japanese authorities, but also by the various European embassies and the EU Delegation. Its recommendations to the Japanese government in 25 economic sectors are a useful tool for European businesses to advocate on various problems they encounter on – or to access to – the Japanese market.

We are therefore hoping that we can get the resources that are needed to print, translate and distribute this White Paper, something that has been done now for 20 years.

We would be very glad if you could support our work on improving better economic relations between the EU and Japan through one of OUR VARIOUS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMMES.

Thank you in advance for your precious contribution.

European Business Council JAPAN
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