EBC Newsletter – July 8, 2020

EBC Newsletter – July 8, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

We have been advocating for several weeks now for the opening of Japan borders to long-term and permanent residents in Japan.

We are planning further actions, but we need data to support our requests. A survey has been disseminated by European national Chambers of Commerce to their members. The more companies take part in the survey, the more representative the results become. We still need more participation from companies with headquarters based in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Thank you for your cooperation and support!

We also recommend you a valuable webinar organized tomorrow by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on “COVID-19 & International Trade”.

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 until Sunday July 12.

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 in early June 2020.

EU-Japan Webinar:
COVID-19 & International Trade


The Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) are hosting on Thursday, July 9 at 4:30pm the fourth of the EU-Japan Webinar Series on COVID-19, on the topic of the “International Trade” (please click for further information and registration).

In this webinar, European and Japanese experts and senior officials will share views about the role of international trade for economic recovery and how it can contribute to a green recovery by addressing topics such as tariff easing on health and medical equipment, building resilient supply chains, strategic production and reviving the multilateral trading system.

The webinar will be in Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).

What’s in the Media

  • EU forecasts deeper economic hit from pandemic (The Mainichi)
  • Supply chains need revamp as virus takes toll: Japan trade ministry (Japan Today)
  • New support center opens in Tokyo for foreign residents in Japan (Japan Today)
  • Eight European countries lift bans on entry from Japan (The Japan News)
  • Japan to shift from coal to renewable energy (News on Japan)

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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