EBC Newsletter – March 30, 2022

EBC Newsletter – March 30, 2022


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

As you know, our main mission is to advocate and lobby for our EBC members and for our stakeholders, the European National Chambers of Commerce in Japan. Our 22 committees are devoted to improving the business environment for European companies in Japan. They highlight issues and make practical recommendations – published in the EBC Digital White Paper – for how they should be solved.

In this Newsletter, we offer you, thanks to Eurobiz magazine, an insight on our Energy, Tax and Liquor committees’ activities to get more familiar with the advocacy issues they are currently focusing on.

If your business is importing products from Europe, you may be interested in answering a survey launched by DG TRADE on testing and certification barriers in EU export markets to help the EU Commission identify the conformity assessment challenges faced by EU industry in Japan (until 3 April).

We would also like to introduce you to two online events on EU-Japan ICT Strategies and on Opportunities for EU-Japan Industrial Cooperation in Green and Digital Transition.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Survey on testing and certification barriers in EU export markets launched by DG TRADE

The European Commission is launching a survey on testing and certification barriers in EU export markets. The mutual recognition agreements we have with our closest trading partners, including the one between the EU and Japan, have generated export gains and are very valuable for key exporting industries. But times, technologies and regulatory requirements change. Help us identify the conformity assessment challenges faced by EU industry in Japan through the survey below. The questionnaire is anonymous and will be available online until 3 April 2022.

Online events

13th EU-Japan ICT Strategies Workshop (8 April, 15:30-19:00) organised by the EU Delegation in Japan

The event will provide an opportunity for European and Japanese industry and stakeholders to learn about recent ICT policy developments, to contribute opinions and comments regarding the forthcoming EU-Japan Digital Partnership Agreement, and to present viewpoints on public policy issues to public authorities in charge of digital policy in the EU and in Japan.

Please register at this link.

Green x Digital – Opportunities for EU-Japan Industrial Cooperation – Joint Webinar organised by The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) and the EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation (EUJC) (6 April, 16:30-18:15)

The EU and Japan share a common goal of carbon neutrality. It is pointed out that digital transformation plays an important role in order to achieve this goal of green transformation. In October 2021, JEITA established the Green x Digital Consortium, which consists of a wide range of industries, to promote the development of a business environment for economic growth through Green x Digital. The consortium aims for related industries in Japan to drive the global green market through initiatives such as digitalization of environment-related fields and creation of new business models.

In the EU, there is a growing recognition in the public and private sectors that the green and digital “Twin Transition” is necessary to achieve the climate goals while keeping industrial competitiveness. In this seminar, five speakers from both Japan and Europe are invited to compare and share public and private sector initiatives in both Europe and Japan, and explore opportunities for EU-Japan cooperation.

1. Date and time: Wednesday 6 April 2022, 16:30-18:15
2. Languages: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
3. Program
4. Participation fee: Free of Charge
5. Registration: Please click the ZOOM link to register for participation.

What’s in the Media

  • Japan’s Defense Ministry to create new post of global strategy intelligence officer (The Japan News)
  • Companies to scale back on disposable plastics in April (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Japan’s top business lobby aims to create boom in ‘unicorn’ firms (Japan Today)
  • EU agrees on new digital rules to rein in Big Tech dominance (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
April 15 (Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket Web
April 21 Human Resources Web
Apr 21 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Apr 22 (Fri) Railways EBC & Web
May 11 (Wed) Energy EBC&Web
May 20 (Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket EBC&Web
May 20 (Fri) Railways EBC & Web
Mary 26 (Thu) Legal Services Web
May 26 (Thu) Human Resources Web
May 26 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee 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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