EBC Newsletter – September 7, 2022

EBC Newsletter – September 7, 2022



From the EBC

Dear Friends of the EBC,

On 2 September 2022, the EBC issued a statement on the Japanese public tendering system for offshore wind. It was  handed over to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Labour and Tourism, and some selected Japanese politicians. The EBC believes transparency is important to result in a competitive system that will give every player equal access to the market. This will, in turn, provide Japan the best opportunity to fulfil the carbon neutrality goal by 2050.

On the same day, we met Nippon Keidanren Chairman, Mr. Masakazu Tokura. This meeting was an opportunity to present the latest activities of the EBC, to hand over the latest digital White Paper and to convey gratitude to Keidanren for its advocacy for relaxed border measures. Just as the EBC, Keidanren continues to advocate for open borders in Japan.

On this subject, Japan is revising from today its border measures to open up for multiple entry short-term visas. Previously, it was only possible to apply for single entry short-term visas. Please note that the revision is only applicable for nationalities that are covered by visa exemptions under normal circumstances. Be assured that the EBC continues to advocacy for further relaxation for business travelers such as digital visas, and ultimately the removal of a need for a pre-departure visa for business people.

Lastly, let me share with you information about 3 events:

-It is still time to register for the EBC / ACCJ / CCCJ Golf Tournament that will be held on 14 October, a great opportunity for more than 20 years to network with various businesspeople!

-In July, the EBC organised a Briefing on the Economic Security Act. As a follow up, I would like to draw your attention to the conference (on site and online) organised by the EU-Japan Centre on “EU-Japan Industrial cooperation for economic security and strategic autonomy” on 21 September.

On 19 October, the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan is holding its first edition of AHK Japan Sustainable Business Award launched on the occasion of AHK Japan’s 60th anniversary.

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

Valerie Moschetti
EBC Chief Operating Officer

What’s in the Media

  • Japan raises daily arrival cap to 50,000 as tourism sector sluggish (The Mainichi)
  • Japan eyes new scheme to cap large firms’ gas use in supply crunch (Kyodo News+)
  • Japan to revise ODA policy to focus on economic security (The Japan News)
  • Kishida says gov’t panel on inflation and wages to meet Friday (Japan Today)
  • First year for Digital Agency shows the need for a reboot (The Asahi Shimbun)

Upcoming EBC Committee Meetings

Date Committee Time / Location
Sep 7 (Wed) Energy EBC&Web
Sep 9 (Fri) Liquor Web
Sep 9 (Fri) Automotive Components & Aftermarket Off-site and Web
Sep 12 (Mon) Materials EBC & Web
Sep 15 (Thu) Human Resources Web
Sep 15 (Thu) Medical Equipment & Diagnostics Committee Off-site
Sep 22 (Thu) Telecommunications Equipment EBC & Web
Sep 27 (Tue) Retail and Wholesale EBC & Web
Sep 29 (Thu) Legal Services Web

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

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