May 15

2023

May 26

2023

Get ready for Japan

 

  • Are you a Start-Up or a SME (small medium enterprise)?
  • Do you wish to gain in-depth insight into the Japanese business environment?
  • Do you require a better understanding of your Japanese partners/competitors?
  • Do you need to learn more about Japanese management practices?
  • Are you about to be transferred to Japan?
  • Are you considering venturing into the Japanese market?

GRFJ video: Everything you want to know in 4 min about our 'Get Ready For Japan' training!

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ABOUT THE MISSION

Since 1987, more than 600 companies across Europe have benefited from knowledge and concrete tools for better approaching the Japanese market thanks to the Centre training programmes in Tokyo.

The 2-week ‘Get Ready for Japan’ scheme offers EU managers the unique opportunity to experience and understand both the cultural and economic elements which define and explain Japan's business and technological achievements. Continuously improved to meet the latest expectations about business in Japan, the Get Ready for Japan provides EU businessmen with a professional Japan-related expertise.

It is focused on business management and consists of a combination of lectures, virtual case studies and meetings. This is designed to help participants become thoroughly informed about the actual conditions of Japanese business through practical analysis and research. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with Japanese managers about decision-making, team management methods in Japan.

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

Typical participants:
- Start-Up or SME(*)
- have a major role in defining and implementing their companies’ policies vis-à-vis Japan,
- are to be transferred to Japan,
- come from companies intending to supply Japanese companies,
- wish to learn about management practices and technological developments in Japan.

(*): SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are companies meeting  the standard European Commission criteria for an SME which have applied successfully for a scholarship. Other companies are large companies or SMEs that fail to apply successfully for a scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY

The candidate must:

- be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering country(*);

- work for a company that is > 50% EU or COSME partnering country owned

- work for an organisation that is an EU or COSME partnering country juridical person;

- be supported by their employer and be able to participate in the entire programme;

- have a reasonable command of English;

- be a manager or an executive from an industrial company;

- have proven experience in industry.

(*)  Please check the status of your country at https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/smp/guidance/list-3rd-country-participation_smp_en.pdf, Please only refer to the sub-paragraph: "COSME strand (SMP COSME)".

SMP-COSME: Stands for “Countries Participating in the COSME strand of the Single Market Programme". The Single Market Programme is the Commission programme that funds the EU-Japan Centre.

SELECTION

The main criteria for selection are:

- the strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan

In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants is limited to 14 participants

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the mission is:

- to acquire a broad understanding of the Japanese business environment, business practices and Japanese-style personal communications in order to find ways to do successful business through a partner relationship;

- to become aware of the decision-making process inside Japanese companies and therefore gain a better understanding of their negotiation style and hierarchy;

- to give the opportunity to reinforce relationships with current Japanese customers and facilitate contacts with future ones.

PARTICIPATION FEE – CANCELLATION 

The participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre (living expenses).

Participants must pay a 100% refundable deposit of €1,000 to guarantee the place on the mission.

Failure to transfer the deposit by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn. The deposit will be refunded within the week following the completion of the mission.

(*) Please check the status of your country at https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/smp/guidance/list-3rd-country-participation_smp_en.pdf, Please only refer to the sub-paragraph: "COSME strand (SMP COSME)".

SMP-COSME: Stands for “Countries Participating in the COSME strand of the Single Market Programme". The Single Market Programme is the Commission programme that funds the EU-Japan Centre.

Grant for SME (Pending confirmation)

The grant is an amount of money (1200€) offered by the Centre to SME participants only to support their travel charges. 

 

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