September 01

2020

September 18

2020

Get ready for Japan

"Due to the current global health situation, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation replaced its 2-week physical programme in Japan by a 3-week virtual programme. The objective of this programme remains the same: helping participants to get an in-depth understanding of how to do business in 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?

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.

The 3-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.

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.

NB/ Participants from SMEs will be selected in priority. SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are companies meeting the standard European Commission criteria for an SME.

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 in Japan 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.

WHO PAYS WHAT?

All participants cover their travel costs to and from Japan as well as living expenses in Japan, including accommodation.

The EU-Japan Centre covers all training-related costs such as speakers' fees, room rental, transfers for company visits, etc for participants from SMEs(*).

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

All participants need to pay a deposit of €1200 to guarantee attendance at all meetings, seminars and company visits.This deposit is refunded within 8 weeks after the mission and upon participant's completion of the post-event questionnaire.

Failure to do transfer the deposit/contribution by the deadline set by the Centre may result in the offer of the place being withdrawn.
If, for whatever reason, a participant cannot take up his / her confirmed place, the contribution may NOT be refunded.

GRANT (allowed only during physical training programme)

The grant is an amount of money (1200€) offered by the Centre to SME participants in order to support participants travel charges to Japan. At the end of the programme, each SME participant receive a grant of € 1200 but absences during the training  may lead to deductions amounting to 100 EUR/day.


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