EBC Newsletter – October 28, 2020

EBC Newsletter – October 28, 2020


From the EBC


Dear Friends of the EBC,

As you know, the main mission of the EBC is to advocate and to lobby for EBC members and for our stakeholders, the European National Chambers of Commerce in Japan.

Recently, the EBC worked hard (and continues!) to successfully advocate against the (re-)entry ban to Japan for non-Japanese nationals, which affected both people and companies. Our 23 Committees are devoted to improving the business environment for European companies in Japan. The EBC Committees highlight issues and make practical recommendations for how these problems should be resolved.

In today’s Newsletter, you can get an insight on a presentation given at our Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee. If your company is interested in attending the meetings, you are most welcome to contact the EBC !

We recently handed over our 2020 White Paper,“Strengthening Partnerships, in crisis and opportunity alike”, to JETRO. We invite you to visit their website, and particularly two interesting resources for European companies and nationals:

To conclude, we invite you to already save some dates to attend a series of webinars:

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

EBC Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee


On 20 October, the EBC Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee had the pleasure of having Donald Eubank and Trista Bridges present their book “Leading Sustainability – the path to sustainable business and how the SDGs changed everything” and its findings.

One of the main messages from the presentation was that sustainability does not have to sacrifice profitability. Quite the opposite, as not implementing a sustainability action plan might very well turn out to be more costly, both in turns that it may have to do at one point in time, and that buyers of the company’s products or services might turn elsewhere due to the lack of said strategy. At the same time, many efficiencies can be achieved by implementing a sustainability policy.

You will find the presentation HERE, courtesy of Trista and Donald.

If you are interested in the EBC Sustainability and Social Responsibility, do reach out to the ebc at: [email protected] or via phone: 03-3263-6222

If you want to contact Donald or Trista directly, they can be reached on either Donald Eubank or Trista Bridges .

Focus on JETRO’s website


The Japan External Trade Organization’s website offers foreign investors a wide array of information. We invite you to visit their website, and particularly two interesting resources for European companies and nationals:

Save the Date –Online Webinars on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) Progress


The European Union Delegation to Japan is organizing the EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) Progress Seminar which will be held through a series of online webinars from 24 until 26 November 2020.

The EPA Progress Seminar will seek to take stock of the progress on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and will bring together representatives from academia, industry and trade associations, as well as the public sector. The EPA Progress Seminar will take place over three days, with each day covering a different aspect of the EPA and inviting a varied panel of speakers.

Topics that will be covered:
Day 1 (November 24 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST)
1.           Presentation of EPA Progress Report
2.           Presentation of Business Survey
3.           Success stories

Day 2 (November 25 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST)
Leather and footwear market in Japan

Day 3 (November 26 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST)
Presentation of Guide on Public Procurement

Each study/report will be introduced by one of the experts and is followed by contributions from business discussants and a Q&A session.

Please save the date, and we will follow-up shortly with a more detailed programme and information on how to register.

International Chamber of Commerce Webinar: Conducting Virtual Hearing in ICC Arbitration and Pitfalls in Virtual Hearing


1. 開催日時/Date and Time:
17:00~18:00   Thursday, 29 October 2020  (JST)2. 内容/Program
1) 開会挨拶/Opening Remarks (17:00~17:05)
ICC 国際仲裁裁判所副所長 小原 淳見弁護士 /Yoshimi Ohara, Vice President of ICC International Court of Arbitration

2) パネルディスカッション:ICC仲裁におけるVirtual Hearingの実施上の注意点と
Panel Discussion on Virtual Hearing in ICC Arbitration and how to deal with pitfalls in Virtual Hearing (17:05~17:50)

ICC 国際仲裁裁判所委員 前田 葉子弁護士 / Yoko Maeda, Court Member
(Alternate) ICC International Court of Arbitration

小島国際法律事務所 パートナー 出井 直樹弁護士/Naoki Idei, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Kojima Law Offices
桃尾・松尾・難波法律事務所 パートナー 鈴木 毅弁護士/Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Momo-o, Matsuo & Namba
長島・大野・常松法律事務所 シンガポールオフィス パートナー 青木 大弁護士
/Hiroki Aoki, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Singapore Office

3) Q&A (17:50-18:00)

3. 参加費/ Attendance charge:
無料(会員・非会員とも)Free (for both ICC Japan member and non-member)

4. 言語/ Language:
日本語 / Japanese

5. 申込方法 / Registration:
申込書(別添)に和英併記で記入し、E-mail にて国際商業会議所日本委員会事務局宛
Please fill out the application form and send it by e-mail to ICC Japan by 15:00 on October 28th, 2020.
We will email you the invitation URL and materials, if any, at a later date.

6. 問合せ先:Contact details for inquiries
国際商業会議所 日本委員会事務局 (ICC JAPAN)
International Chamber of Commerce JAPAN (ICC JAPAN):Nouchi/Numasawa
〒100-0005 東京都千代田区丸の内3丁目2番2号 丸の内二重橋ビル6階
Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg. 6Fl. 2-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, TOKYO Tel : 03-3213-8585 / E-mail:[email protected]

What’s in the Media

  • Gov’t unveils action plan to lower mobile phone fees (Japan Today)
  • Japan PM Suga vows goal of net zero emissions by 2050 (Kyodo News+)
  • Japan, Britain sign post-Brexit trade deal (News on Japan)
  • Japan eyes exempting short-term business travelers from quarantine (Kyodo News+)
  • Japan’s Narita airport to cut user fees to help struggling airlines (The Mainichi)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
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.

European Business Council JAPAN
Sanbancho POULA Bldg. 2F, 6-7 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075
TEL 03-3263-6222   |   FAX 03-3263-6223