EBC Newsletter – October 6, 2021

EBC Newsletter – October 6, 2021


From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

If it is still difficult to enter Japan when you are a foreign non-resident, a small progress has been made for all residents with the reduction of the quarantine to 10 days, under certain conditions. To better understand the current situation, you can read the document published on the MHLW website a few days ago.

As you know, on 7 September the EBC issued a statement supporting the Keidanren in its call for the further easing of restrictions on entry to Japan of people who have been vaccinated or have proof of a negative PCR test. In this article, the EBC explains why vaccination passports should make possible to bring in new essential personnel to Japan, while posing limited risks to the country’s people (this month, the proportion of people who have received 2 doses is expected to top 70%)

To end with an encouraging note, I invite you to read the interview of Mr. Yasushi Masaki, Ambassador of Japan to the EU, who shares with us his thoughts about the EU-Japan relationship.

Enjoy your readings!

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

MHLW – Shortening or exempting quarantine period for arrivals who have a valid vaccination certificate


Click here to read the document

The EBC and Keidanren united in advocating for the recognition of vaccination certificates


Click here to read the article

Overseeing Europe’s Kasumigaseki – Ambassador of Japan to the EU Yasushi Masaki

Click here to read the article

What’s in the Media

  • IMF says trimming global growth forecast due to rising risks (The Mainichi)
  • Japan counts on Asian market to help shift to green energy (The Asahi Shimbun)
  • Kishida says coronavirus, economy, security top his agenda (Japan Today)
  • Japan to see price hikes in food and tobacco products from October (News on Japan)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Oct 21 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Oct 29 (Friday) Railways EBC & Web
Nov 18 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Nov 25 (Thursday) Human Resources Web

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

EBC White Paper

The EBC published its annual document on the Japanese regulatory business environment last July.

This year’s White Paper is called “Strengthening partnerships – in crisis and opportunity alike” . The opportunity is of course referring to the EU-Japan EPA that entered into force on February 1, 2019. Unfortunately, at the same time the COVID -19 crisis struck the world.

We are, however, confident that with our recommendations, the European and Japanese economies and companies will continue to prosper.

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