EBC Newsletter – October 15, 2020

EBC Newsletter – October 15, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

This week, we share with you several pieces of interesting information:

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

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EU-Japan Webinar | 2020: Raising the ambition for climate | 19th October 2020


In this webinar held next week, the European Commission and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan will introduce the latest developments in their ambitions and efforts for climate action. Two businesses, L’Oréal from Europe and Ricoh from Japan, will illustrate how the Paris Agreement and the NDCs set by governments are key towards shifting business activities in sectors such as cosmetics and electronics.

Speakers and Agenda:

  • Opening remarks | Haize Siemers, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Japan
  • Raising climate ambition in the EU: towards carbon neutrality in 2050 | Tom van Ierland, Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  • Recent trends in public policies for climate in Japan | Yoshiteru Sakaguchi, Director, Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • An example in the industry in Europe: Climate change and L’Oréal’s commitment for 2030 | Jérôme Bruhat, President, CEO and Representative Director, L’Oréal Japan
  • An example in the industry in Japan: The efforts of Ricoh for a zero-carbon society | Hiromitsu Hatano, Executive Specialist, RicohFacilitator: Kae Katase, Senior manager, CDP Japan

The event will be in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation.
Details and registration (free)

From the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan


SpCCJ is holding its annual Spain Japan Business Contribution Awards on 13th November at the Prince Park Tower. Join us and enjoy modern Spanish dishes paired by excellent line up of Spanish wine and cava, together with other representatives of Spain Japan business community.

Date: Friday, 13 November
Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Venue: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
Fee: Member & Guest: JPY20,000/ Others: 25,000
Contact: [email protected]
*space limited

SpCCJ is also running a special raffle until 13th November with fantastic prizes such as luxury fashion goods, autographed football t-shirt, luxury hotel stay, premium wine and Spanish ham etc. It is open to everyone and tickets available from 1,000yen. Find out more details.

Subsidy from Tokyo Metropolitan Government to Support Base of Operations of Overseas Financial Corporations


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is promoting initiatives with the aim of revitalizing Tokyo
as a global financial hub that brings together capital, human resources, and information from
around the world. To achieve that end, it is vital to encourage asset managers that fulfill the
roles of helping the people achieve stable asset formation and supplying assets on behalf of
existing financial systems, as well as FinTech corporations that provide new methods of
conducting business mainly in the financial sector, to enter Tokyo, and to revitalize Tokyo’s
financial and economic sectors.Hence, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government grants the subsidy to Japanese Corporations, etc.
of Overseas Financial Corporations ( (Outline of Subsidy; Application Guideline) that have just been established in Tokyo to cover a part of costs necessary for promotion of growth of business, etc.

What’s in the Media

  • Japan eyes additional stimulus package to spur virus-hit economy (Kyodo News+)
  • IMF upgrades 2020 world growth forecast to 4.4% fall amid pandemic (The Mainichi)
  • Asia-Pacific countries begin to ease travel bans, but hurdles remain (Japan Today)
  • Gov’t to launch bureau to boost Japan’s food exports (Japan Today)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
October 20 (Tuesday) Sustainability and Social Responsibility Off-site
October 22 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
October 29 (Thursday) Insurance Off-site
November 12 (Thursday) Logistics & Freight EBC
November 19 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
November 26 (Thursday) Human Resources EBC
November 27 (Friday) Legal Services Off-site
November 27 (Friday) Automotive Components & Aftermarket EBC
November 30 (Monday) Materials EBC

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

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