21-06-2022 | 10:30 - 11:30 CET

What business opportunities does the Japanese Railway Market offer to EU SMEs?

History of the Japanese railway system is tied to the first railroad opened 1872 between Shinbashi, Tokyo and Yokohama that quickly became one of the most recognizable symbols of modernization and westernization. Ever since the railway infrastructure in Japan is used by millions of passengers every year. In FY2019, Japanese railway transportation that span from the local infrastructure and trams to the long-distance bullet trains carried over 25 billion passengers. The trains remain the dominant transportation choice in Japan, with 30% of people using it in Tokyo alone. 72% of passenger distance travelled in Japan is tied to the railway system.

Recently, new opportunities tied to the Economic Partnership Agreement have arisen. They put greater focus on international cooperation, standardization and global trade. The Operational Safety Cause, the biggest non-tariff barrier in the market that was stopping the European companies from securing a contract has been revised under the EPA, which now allows for the government entities and certain JR Groups to implement large contracts under the international public procurement rules.

The webinar targets EU companies seeking to newly develop or strengthen their current positions in Railways Market in Japan.  

In 40 minutes from your desk, discover:

  • Market overview, including the market segmentation and the biggest players – Japan Railways Group, major private operators, suppliers and manufacturers etc.,
  • Market drivers and prospects, including natural disasters, aging society, COVID-19 global pandemic and decarbonization trends,
  • Opportunities under EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (2019),
  • Driving factors and areas of focus for European SMES.


  •     Introduction
  •     Expert’s presentation
  •     Q&A Session

Registration deadline: 20 June 2022

Speaker: Agnieszka Pawnik /business analyst/ East Analytics S.C.  Business analyst and researcher responsible for Asian markets, author and co-author of academic papers on Japanese economy and history as well as the reports on various industries in Japan.

Moderator: Pauline Laloux, Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre
Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office



Please log in for full access
Subscribe to
our newsletters

The EU-Japan Centre currently produces 5 newsletters :

  • EU-Japan NEWS - our flagship newsletter covering the Centre's support services, information about EU (or Member States) - Japan cooperation
  • Japanese Industry and Policy News
  • “About Japan” e-News (Only available for EU companies / EU organisations)
  • Japan Tax and Public Procurement Weekly Tender Digest (Only available for EU companies / EU organisations)
  • Tech Transfer Helpdesk Newsletter
1 EUR = 170,839 JPY