EBC Newsletter – September 1, 2021

EBC Newsletter – September 1, 2021



From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

I would like to thank all the European companies that have contacted the EBC in the last few days about the negative consequences of the Japanese border restrictions on their business and that of their Japanese customers/partners. Rest assured that we are continuing our meetings and actions for a speedy resolution.

Please keep sending us your testimonies, they are very valuable to us!

Vaccination against Covid-19, which will certainly contribute to improve this situation, is increasing in Japan. The EBC would like to highlight the various vaccination initiatives taken by the European national Chambers of Commerce in Japan. Soon they will have vaccinated 4,305 people (foreigners and Japanese) as their contribution to the fight against the coronavirus. Not to forget, this is in addition to what European companies have already organised for their personnel. European companies and national chambers of commerce are proud to contribute to the collective effort and hope to enjoy very soon the benefits of the Europe-Japan Free Trade Agreement under the best conditions.

Finally, let me remind you of the Japan Business Conference 2021, organised by METI and JETRO, dedicated to innovation in green investment and realization of carbon neutrality by 2050, areas in which cooperation between Europe and Japan has great potential.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

The European national Chambers vaccinate 4,305 people as their contribution to the fight against Covid-19


Vaccination has been a hot topic all over the world. After a slow start, with massive efforts and several initiatives, Japan is getting closer to the 50% fully vaccinated mark.

The EBC would like to highlight the various vaccination initiatives taken by the European national Chambers of Commerce and European companies. In total, the European Chambers, via 7 national chambers, will have vaccinated 4,305 people: 2,205 people in July and August, and an additional 2,100 are scheduled to get their first jab before mid-September. European companies, on the other hand, have already organised vaccinations for their employees and family.

The EBC would like to stress that many nationalities, both staff of chamber member companies and their families, have had the chance to get vaccinated.

Just as the Japanese Government believes that vaccination is important, so do the European national. We stand ready to do our part, and we hope that all of us, by this action, can get closer to a world without COVID.

Japan Business Conference 2021


NET ZERO Leaders Summit

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) are pleased to announce the jointly organized “NET ZERO Leaders Summit (Japan Business Conference 2021)” to accelerate innovation in green investment and realization of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Among the next events:

  • 3 & 10 September: Why Japan? How to utilize Japan to make success?
  • 7 & 10 September: Japan’s hydrogen fuel cell sector – opportunities,lessons and advice
  • 9 & 10 September: Global Startup Connexion: J-Startups for NET-ZERO

The events will be held online.
To register: https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/events/jbc/

What’s in the Media

  • Japan seeks record defense budget with spending for new technologies (The Mainichi)
  • Japan’s July jobless rate falls to 2.8%, down for 2nd straight month (The Mainichi)
  • JBIC to stop financing coal-fired plants by FY2040 (News on Japan)
  • Subsidy for relocation outside greater Tokyo to be expanded to include children (The Japan News)
  • Japan food self-sufficiency rate hits record low (The Japan News)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Sep 2 (Thursday) Liquor Web
Sep 3 (Friday) Legal Services Web
Sep 8 (Wednesday) Energy EBC&Web
Sep 16 (Thursday) Telecommunications Equipment Web
Sep 16 (Thursday) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Sep 24 (Friday) Railways EBC & Web
Sep 30 (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.

Stakeholders of the EBC:

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