EBC Newsletter – June 24, 2020

EBC Newsletter – June 24, 2020



From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

Today, the main concern for a large part of the foreign community in Japan is the entry ban for non-Japanese nationals. It creates inequal treatment between Japanese citizens and long-term or permanent residents, has negative economic impacts on foreign businesses and produces uncertainties regarding future weeks and months, as many questions remain unanswered.

Embassies and national Chambers of Commerce have been very active on this matter, and so has the EBC. We held a well-attended webinar on Friday, June 19th and a press conference at the FCCJ on June 22nd.

The main features in today’s Newsletter are:

  • A summary of the FFCJ press conference;
  • The announcement of a webinar on “COVID-19 & Digitalisation of Society”;
  • Information from JETRO about incentive programmes related to investments to strengthen the supply chain 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 Conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Relaxing Entry Ban in Japan for non-Japanese Nationals


On Monday, June 22nd, Mr. Michael Mroczek, President of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC), gave a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on “Relaxing Entry Ban in Japan”.

You can also watch the conference on the FCCJ website.

Webinar on “COVID-19 & Digitalisation 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 2nd 2020, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Registration: https://www.eujapanspa.jp/informacion-del-evento/webinar-n3-covid-19-digitalisation-of-society

JETRO incentive programmes related to investments to strengthen the supply chain in Japan


To facilitate investment in Japan, the government offers appealing incentives, as well as operating single contact points in relevant ministries and agencies for inquires/support regarding doing business in Japan.

Local governments also offer various incentives and support exclusively for foreign-affiliated companies and foreign companies planning to open an office in their region.

For further details, please visit this JETRO website.

What’s in the Media

  • Japan seeks closure in post-Brexit U.K. trade talks by end of July (The Japan Times)
  • Japan auto business body to support virus-hit suppliers’ financing (The Mainichi)
  • European business lobby calls on Japan to ease travel restrictions (Kyodo News)
  • Japan to double number of e-declaration terminals at airports (The Japan News)
  • Japan to ease entry bans on business people, foreign residents (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Japan’s ruling party eyes foreign workers for financial sector (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
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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