Although foreigners can now (re-)enter Japan, they still face some difficulties, and we continue our advocacy work. In this article, Bjorn Kongstad, our Policy Director, summarized our various actions regarding Japan’s travel restrictions since May 2020.
If your company is still experiencing problems on this issue, feel free to contact us by email or telephone (03-3263-6222) !
The EBC Food & Agriculture Committeeis planning to set up a special meeting on food contact. The Japanese regulation regarding food contact or food contact materials has always been a somewhat special chapter for European companies in the food, packaging and retail sectors. With the change to a so-called positive list system earlier this year, there are still some teething troubles for European companies to overcome. If you have an interest in this topic, please contact the EBC !
We wish you a good reading and hope you stay positive and healthy during this difficult time.
EBC Chief Operating Officer
Advocacy in Action: How the EBC has responded to Japan’s Travel restrictions
In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Japan began introducing travel restrictions for European countries at the end of March. Thousands who unfortunately were outside the country when the entry ban came into force were prevented from returning to their homes. Those still in Japan were effectively prohibited from leaving, knowing that if they did leave, they could not come back. In May 2020, the EBC began to advocate against the (re-)entry ban to Japan for non-Japanese nationals through various actions.
EBC Food Committee
The EBC Food & Agriculture Committee is planning to set up a special meeting on food contact. The Japanese regulation regarding food contact or food contact materials* have always been a somewhat special chapter for European companies in the food, packaging and retail sectors. With the change to a so called positive list system earlier this year, there are still some teething troubles for European companies to overcome.
The meeting will be on 1 December from 09H00. It will be a hybrid meeting, meaning that you are more than welcome to come to the EBC office or to access the meeting via Webex.
If you are interested in joining us, do let us know ([email protected]) whether you will be coming to the office or whether you will join via Webex.
Looking forward to seeing you.
* Food contact materials are basically materials that come in contact with food, such as packaging, containers, plates and drinking glasses. In Japan, also some toys are covered by the same regulation.
Webinar on EU-Japan collaborative industrial innovation – Transforming business in the digital, green and space transitions – 1 December 2020, by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
During this webinar, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will present 4 EU-Japan business cooperation cases:
Enabling the new space economy: the benefits of space logistics
Robot as a Service for inspection and maintenance of infrastructures
New health-creation system beyond treatment – preventative health tools for lifelong health
Global business and collaboration on an eco-friendly foamed glass “Porous Alpha