EBC Newsletter – March 16, 2022

EBC Newsletter – March 16, 2022


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

As you are most likely aware of, the daily cap of people allowed to enter Japan has recently been raised to 7,000. This limit includes all entries, newly arrivals as well as Japanese citizens and foreign residents. This limit might be raised to 10,000 in April. The EBC put together a document summarising the latest rules.

The EBC worked very hard for an easing of the border restrictions during the past months, and we are grateful for all the support we received in this regard. If you are running into any problems, we would very much like to hear from you. This also includes issues related to the daily cap.

On March 14th, 31.2% of Japan’s population has gotten their third booster shot.
In case you didn’t receive yet your vaccination voucher, the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan offers you an opportunity to be vaccinated thanks to their partner Rakuten.

Finally, we would like to inform you about two webinars organised by the BLCCJ and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

We hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult time.

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Entry to Japan – latest rules

Click here to read the document.

Information from the German Chamber – Booster vaccination camp

We are pleased to inform you about the possibility of a booster vaccination through our partner Rakuten and like to share the following details with you. This vaccination campaign is part of the COVID-19 occupational vaccination program under the guidance of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW). We have tied-up with Rakuten this time and reserved capacities for 1.500 persons.

Below you will find key information for your overall understanding about the booster camp. This booster campaign is open to member companies of foreign chambers, their staff and families.

Period On Friday, Saturday, Sunday during the period from March 18th (Fri) to May 29th (Sun), 2022

  • Fri                   10:30 – 19:30 (The last slot is 19:00-19:15)
  • Sat/Sun         10:00 – 19:00 (The last slot is 18:30-18:45)
Venue Rakuten Crimson House
4F, 1-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0094
4 min. walk from Futakotamagawa Station
Target Staff and family of AHK Japan, AHK Japan’s members and foreign chambers who has the 3rd vaccination coupon over 18 years
Vaccine type Moderna
Interval the 3rd vaccination date requires an interval of at least 6 months from the 2nd vaccination date
Participation fee free
Reservation Start of reservations: Mar. 11th (Fri) 9:00~
Reservation slot is per 15 min
Details Please read carefully the information provided by Rakuten
LINK to the announcement paper

The following video provides you with information about the access as well as the flow at the vaccination site:

For all other questions related with the vaccination, please contact Rakuten via the following website.

For the avoidance of misunderstandings, kindly note that AHK Japan is only facilitating the gathering of interested individuals and is in no case responsible for the organization and carrying out of this occupational vaccination camp held by the Rakuten Group (including, but not limited to, any medical effects the booster may have and the handling of medical records and vaccine ticket submission).

We hope that this offer is of interest to you and provides you with an additional opportunity to receive a booster shot.

BLCCJ online event

On 31 March, the Expo 2020 Dubai will come to an end after 6 months. One of the most talked about pavilions is certainly the  Luxembourg Pavilion, not only for its stunning architecture which includes a slide, but also its unique scenography highlighting Luxembourg’s diversity, its sustainable goals and its enterprising spirit.
Due to the travel restrictions many of you might not have had the chance to visit, so the BLCCJ, together with the Luxembourg Embassy and Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Tokyo, gladly invite you to a live tour!During our online event, Luxembourg Pavilion Director Daniel Sahr will give us a peak into the hustle and bustle at the Expo and inside the Pavilion, while sharing some history, stories and answering your questions.Afterwards Steven Koener, Senior Advisor International Affairs at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, will talk about the economic programming at the Expo, the missions, bilateral trade and promotion schemes that are involved.By using the Zoom Meeting platform we hope to make this an interactive session allowing you to ask questions while visiting the Expo from behind your desk!Event Details:
Monday 28 March
17:00-17:45 Japan time / 12:00-12:45 Dubai time / 10:00-10:45 Belgian-Luxembourg time
Presentations + Q&A in English
Free of charge
BLCCJ members and EBC membersIf you are interested, please send an email to [email protected]  by 28 March noon JST and we will confirm your registration.

Webinar on” Next Hydrogen Generation – eFuel to Power the Green Transition” organized by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Date: 25 March 2022
Time: 17:00-19:00
Registration Zoom platform: here  Simultaneous interpretation EN-JPN
Synergy with the EU-Japan Green Transition Business Matchmaking via the B2Match platform for the World Smart Energy WeekThe European Union and Japan announced last year their ‘Green Alliance’ to accelerate the transition of both economies towards becoming climate-neutral, circular and resource-efficient in the coming decades. Together Japan and the EU can further increase a global momentum that is gathering pace. The EU and Japan also agree to work together closely on the international stage. Combatting climate change is a global challenge, that needs to be addressed by global cooperation.Decarbonizing industrial sectors such as power generation and transport that contribute the most to global emissions of greenhouse gases is part of the EU and Japan efforts towards the  climate change objectives of the Paris Agreement and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. This includes substituting fossil-based energy carriers by renewable hydrogen and working towards developing a full and accessible hydrogen value chain.The webinar will cover eFuels, including hydrogen and all following products. Hydrogen is the first step of the value chain, and the webinar will also include different use cases and different technologies.  Together, renewable electricity and renewable hydrogen can provide the synergies needed to deliver an integrated, flexible, clean energy system. To realize this vision, a massive increase in supply of products and processes based on renewable hydrogen, like eFuels, is needed.In this event, experts from Europe, Japan and Chile will share the latest developments on public policies and deployment of large-scale green hydrogen and eFuels production. They will also discuss possible cooperation between Europe and Japan and on the international stage in green hydrogen projects.* e-fuel: Fuel produced by synthesizing CO2 (carbon dioxide) and H2 (hydrogen). In particular, a product that uses H2 procured from renewable energy.
eFuel Alliance: An organization that establishes and disseminates carbon-neutral synthetic fuels and aims to be used all over the world. There is a secretariat in Germany. Oil, automobile and automobile parts, machinery / plant engineering, aviation / shipping, chemicals, energy industry, etc. are members.Program: Click here

What’s in the Media

  • Japan may allow 10,000 people per day to enter country from April (Japan Today)
  • Used-car prices soaring in Japan (News on Japan)
  • Japan to consider new police unit for guarding nuclear plants: PM (News on Japan)
  • Japan’s top business lobby wants to see 100 unicorns by 2027 (News on Japan)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Mar 24 (Thu) Insurance Web
Mar 24 (Thu) Liquor Web
Mar 24 (Thu) Human Resources Web
Mar 24 (Thu) Telecommunications Equipment EBC & Web
Mar 24 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Mar 25 (Fri) Railways EBC & Web
April 21 Human Resources Web
Apr 21 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Apr 22 (Fri) Railways EBC & Web

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

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