EBC Newsletter – June 10, 2020

EBC Newsletter – June 10, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

While it is still difficult to foresee the end of the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan and in other parts of the world, governments are already implementing a variety of measures to provide relief to businesses and stimulate the economy to avoid an economic recession.

  • In this context, the EBC team has selected interesting webinars offering useful information about the impacts of the pandemic on Green Recovery, Digital Transformation and on special measures from the Japanese government regarding a subsidy for employment adjustment for business owners of all industries nationwide;
  • We also inform you about a new subsidy for foreign financial companies in Tokyo;
  • Following the publication of our statement on “the limitations on re-entering Japan” for non-Japanese citizens, we are organizing a webinar on June 19. If you are interested, please save this date and we will share more information with you next week!

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

EU-Japan Webinar series: COVID-19 and Green Recovery


The Delegation of the European Union in Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Environment are hosting on Thursday June 11 at 4:30PM the first of the EU-Japan Webinar Series on COVID-19, starting with the topic of COVID-19 and Green Recovery.

This webinar will include a video-message by Koizumi Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, Japan, and by Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission. European and Japanese senior officials and experts will share views about COVID-19 recovery as an opportunity to build inclusive and resilient societies and climate neutral economies, in line with the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement for Climate Change. The webinar will be in Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided).

Their next webinar will be held on June 18 and will focus on COVID-19 & Business.

JETRO/METI webinar for foreign companies in Japan on special measures regarding a subsidy for employment adjustment


In order to support business owners affected by COVID-19, the Japanese government is providing special measures regarding a subsidy for employment adjustment for business owners of all industries nationwide during the emergency response period from April 1 to June 30. JETRO is holding a webinar for foreign companies in Japan regarding the special measures and important points when applying, and will give explanations based on the latest provisions of the “Second Supplementary Budget for 2020” decided by the Cabinet on May 27.

Date: Thursday, June 11 3:00PM – 4:00PM

1. What is an employment adjustment subsidy?
2. Which or what companies can apply?
3. Basic flow and procedure
4. Method of payroll calculation, grant amount and grant rate
5. Summary and important points
6. Q&A

Language: Japanese
Lecturer: Mr. Nagaura (social insurance labor consultant)
Place: Zoom webinar
Link to register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zVoufNimR8GgPvRy4s_DLg

JETRO series of webinars on the consequences of COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic is causing massive disruption to economies, businesses and markets across the world. JETRO is organizing a series of webinars featuring COVID-19 situation / macroeconomic status as well as the current situation and impacts on the selected industries in Japan. These webinars will update you on the current situation in Japan.

– Digital Transformation and business opportunities in Japan before / during / after COVID-19 with a briefing on COVID-19 and the Economy of Japan

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Free of charge

The following webinars will focus on:

COVID-19 and the Economy of Japan and Open Innovation (Wed, June 17, 5:00PM – 6:00PM)

COVID-19 and the Economy of Japan and Life Science (Wed, June 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM)

COVID-19 and the Economy of Japan and Automotive Industry (Fri, July 3, 4:00PM – 5:00PM)

For inquiries:
Invest Japan Department, JETRO
Invest Japan Business Support Division (Ms.Uchikawa, Ms.Tamura)
[email protected], 03-3582-8347

New subsidy for foreign financial companies in Tokyo


The Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion (Tokyo Metropolitan Government) has recently announced a new subsidy for foreign financial companies in Tokyo.

Please visit the following website (in Japanese) for details: https://www.senryaku.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/gfct/assist.html

Save the date: EBC Webinar on the impact of the limitations on re-entering Japan for non-Japanese citizens on businesses


In this EBC Briefing, we will get an overview of the current situation regarding the limitations on re-entering Japan for non-Japanese citizens. We will also hear from the foreign private sector pointing out damages to businesses and to the Japanese economy.
Date: Friday, June 19
Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM

What’s in the Media

  • Non-regulars make up about 60 percent of job losses (News on Japan)
  • Japan, Britain aim for swift trade deal (Japan Today)
  • Japanese govt aims to link each My Number to single savings account (Japan News)
  • World Bank says coronavirus to shrink 2020 global output by 5.2% (Japan Today)
  • Japan softens re-entry ban that left foreign residents stranded (The Japan Times)
  • Abe: Raising minimum wage, while protecting jobs (News on Japan)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
June 11 (Thursday) Logistics & Freight EBC
June 16 (Tuesday) Sustainability and Social Responsibility Off-site
June 18 (Thursday) Telecom Carriers
Telecom Equipment
June 25 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
July 16 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
July 30 (Thursday) Human Resources 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.

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