EBC Newsletter – March 23, 2023

EBC Newsletter – March 23, 2023



From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

On Monday 20 March, Michael Mroczek, President of the EBC, gave a keynote speech at a seminar on “Business Environment and Expansion of Foreign Direct Investment in Japan”, co-organised by MOFA, METI and JETRO. The event also had presentations by ACCJ, Exotech (a French logistics company), CIC, and two prefectures, in addition to the hosting organisations.

On Wednesday 22 March, the EBC management, the President of the German Chamber of Commerce, the Chairs of the EBC Sustainability and Security & Defence Committees, and 2 members of our Energy Committee and Pharmaceutical Committee (EFPIA), met with Mr. Michael Hager, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, to discuss about the current situation of their economic sectors on the Japanese market. It was also an opportunity to hand him over the last EBC White Paper.

If your company wants to learn more about the latest tax amendments and to raise issues regarding all matters related to tax, we are pleased to inform you that the EBC Tax Committee will hold its first committee meeting of the year on 6 April from 09H00 at the EBC. You are more than welcome to forward this invitation to any of your colleagues, especially your tax manager!
To register for the meeting, please send an email to: [email protected]

And if you are currently experiencing problems with non-tariff barriers on the Japanese market, consider contacting the EBC  to join one of our committees!

The EBC team is looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • The Japanese government on Wednesday drew up a fresh 2 trillion yen inflation relief package that will give cash to low-income families and reduce liquefied petroleum gas bills, in its latest attempt to mitigate the shock from rising food and energy prices. (Japan Today)
  • The OECD has raised its global economic growth forecast as inflation eases and China emerges from COVID restrictions, but warned of vulnerabilities as seen in the U.S. bank sector turmoil.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said it now expects the global economy to grow by 2.6 percent this year compared to 2.2 percent in its previous forecast in November. (Japan Today)
  • With the clock ticking on dealing with the falling birthrate, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s newest solutions include having most of the male workforce taking child care leave by the end of the decade.
    At a March 17 news conference, Kishida outlined broad concepts and major goals to deal with the problem, saying, “We must change the overall consciousness and structure of society.” (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Mar 24 (Fri) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site
Mar 28 (Tue) Food & Agriculture hybrid
Mar 31 ((Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket hybrid
Apr 6 (Thu) Tax EBC
Apr 13 (Thu) Human Resources hybrid
Apr 14 (Fri) Railways hybrid
Apr 20 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Off-site

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

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