EBC Newsletter – May 27, 2020

EBC Newsletter – May 27, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

On Monday, the state of emergency was fully lifted in Japan. If Covid-19 gradually disappears, the country will enter a recovery period.

To help affected businesses, the Japanese government has set up various support programmes between February and May. On Friday May 29, the EBC invites you to attend a Webinar (in Japanese) in which a METI official will talk about “the various financial supports offered by the Japanese Government to counter the effect of COVID-19”.

At this critical time, there are compelling reasons for the EU and Japan to work together in a coordinated manner and provide leadership. We publish today the position paper prepared by the EU-Japan Business Round Table on possible ways to address unprecedented challenges to the health and well-being of our societies and to overcome downturns of our economies.

Vicente Luna, an analyst of worldwide big data on location and mobility, shows in his presentation that Japan is slowly recovering but not all sectors/brands are affected in the same way. The consumer is emerging cautiously and being selective with purchasing decisions. Vicente also looks at luxury retail, innovation/start-up spaces and SoftBank investments.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

Webinar on the various financial supports offered by the Japanese Government to counter the effect of the COVID-19


On Friday May 29th, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm through Skype, Mr. Takaaki Nihira, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will detail in Japanese :

  • Financial supports to companies (loans and guarantees) (資金繰り支援)
  • The COVID-19-related Subsidy Programme for Sustaining Businesses (持続化給付金)
  • Subsidy Project (補助金)

Please register by sending an email at [email protected]

More information on this link

EU-Japan Business Round Table Position Paper on the coronavirus pandemic


The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between the Japanese and European industries. The BRT’s Members are senior executives from 55 leading European and Japanese companies.

The BRT’s main objective is to help develop trade and investment between the EU and Japan, and to encourage industrial cooperation in fields of common interest such as innovation, climate change, or industrial standards.

On May 25th, the BRT published a position paper (https://www.eu-japan-brt.eu/) focussing on the covid-19 health and economic crisis, ahead of a videoconference between European and Japanese authorities on May 26th.

The position paper includes key aspects related to (i) treatment and vaccines, (ii) economic recovery, (iii) connectivity and EU-Japan business cooperation in third countries, and (iv) focus on green and sustainable recovery with reference to the Paris Agreement and SDGs.

There are compelling reasons for the EU and Japan to work together in a coordinated manner and provide leadership at this critical time.

How people are changing on Mobility, Social Distancing, and shaping the Economic Recovery


Vicente J. Luna is an analyst of worldwide big data on location and mobility. This week, he kindly charts luxury retail, looks at the changes that will happen in innovation/start-up spaces, looks at SoftBank investments as they represent the most interesting mix, and ends with a macro-analysis on the recovery of activity. You can access his presentation through this link.

From the EBC Tax Committee


In EuroBiz – the EBC magazine – Hans-Peter Musahl, Chairperson of our Tax Committee, talks about Audits in Japan and the advocacy issues of his committee.

The full April issue of EuroBiz can be read on this link.

What’s in the Media

  • Japan still world’s top creditor at end of 2019 (News on Japan)
  • Kuroda says BOJ ready to do more for economy after state of emergency lifted (Japan Today)
  • Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation (Japan Today)
  • Japan voices concern over virus-linked export curbs (The Mainichi)
  • Japan top business lobby urges firms to become more creative during crisis (The Mainichi)
  • Economic gloom as 10,000-plus made jobless due to coronavirus (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • BOJ to provide 30 tril. yen to aid virus-hit small firms (The Mainichi)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
May 28 (Thursday) Human Resources EBC
June 1 (Monday) Materials EBC
June 2 (Tuesday) Retail & Wholesale EBC
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

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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