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The EU-Japan Centre aims at supporting not only business cooperation between EU and Japanese companies in the EU or in Japan, but also in foreign markets. To do so, business support can be provided through various means such as matchmaking events, seminars and direct support to EU and Japanese companies contacting our info desk (conditions apply). For this kind of support, the EU-Japan Centre works closely in cooperation with EU Member States’ trade promotion organisations under the “Team Europe” approach.

If you are:

- an EU or a Japanese company,

- with proven experience and/or a concrete project targeting a foreign market outside Japan and outside the EU (e.g. Southeast Asia, Africa, Ukraine, etc.),

Looking for:

-    Business / commercial / technology partners, buyers or investors to undertake a joint project

the EU-Japan Centre can support you in your search of partners and information.

Companies involved in EU-Japan projects in foreign markets are often large companies. However, the EU-Japan Centre supports and encourages small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in considering such projects, with the help of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

Previously, the International Joint Projects Helpdesk was called the EU-Japan Business Cooperation with ASEAN, Africa and Latin America Helpdesk. The scope of the helpdesk was opened to allow more business opportunities for EU and Japanese companies in foreign markets. Therefore, the scope is no longer restricted to the above three regions and target markets will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

WHAT TYPES OF INTERNATIONAL JOINT PROJECTS ARE COVERED?

The EU-Japan Centre aims at connecting EU and Japanese companies so that they can work together in foreign markets. These projects can take various forms such as joint ventures, consortia, merger & acquisition or contractor/supplier agreements. Such projects are often conducted in partnership with local companies and public entities and can also be referred to as trilateral business cooperation.

Business case studies 

EU and Japanese companies have been working together in foreign markets for many years. For the time being, the EU-Japan Centre has identified over 40 existing EU-Japan projects in two regions: Africa and Southeast Asia. The EU-Japan Centre compiled these business case studies by monitoring EU and Japanese companies’ activities in foreign markets (e.g. news articles, press releases and other public sources) and by conducting interviews with some companies involved to gain a deeper understanding of these partnerships and identify best practices. The EU-Japan Centre continues its monitoring activities and will publish more case studies in other regions.

Business case studies in Africa – Available here.

Business case studies in Southeast Asia – Available here.

For a quick overview, please check our mapping here.

 

EVENTS
Ongoing and upcoming events

There is no upcoming event for the time being.

Past events

Green Business Mission in Japan 

27 February to 1 March 2024

The profiles of the companies selected for this mission are available here.

The business mission is organised every year by the EU-Japan Centre for EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industrial clusters. The business mission took place at the Smart Energy Week in Tokyo. As an additional component of the business mission, the EU-Japan Centre also offered to support EU companies looking for Japanese business partners for projects outside Japan (e.g. ASEAN, Africa and Latin America).

More information here.

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[Hybrid event] High-Level Event - Financing Opportunities for EU-Japan Business Cooperation in Africa

19 October 2023: Conference, Individual Meetings with Financing Organisations and Networking (hybrid in Tokyo and online)

The event was organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the EU-Japan Connectivity Partnership Programme.

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EU-Japan Business Matchmaking with Vietnam

The one-year matchmaking platform is now closed. It ended in March 2023.

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Sustainable Technology Day

17 February 2023: Pitching and Networking (hybrid in Tokyo and online)

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Business Mission: "EU-Japan Green Business Cooperation with Vietnam"

16 November 2022:  Online Pitching - Recording available here.

28 to 30 November 2022: Business mission at the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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TICAD 8 Official Side Event "Africa-Japan-EU Trilateral Business Cooperation" (webinar)

Recording available here.

31 August 2022

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EU-Japan Business Matchmaking with Vietnam – Kick-off event

Event report available here.

7 to 9 March 2022

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EU-Japan-Africa Mission 2022

Event report available here.

14 to 18 February 2022

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3rd Japan-Africa Business Forum (JABF 2021)

Event report available here.

29 June to 16 July 2021

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Conference “EU-Japan business collaborations in third markets”

Event report available here.

3 December 2019

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EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT)

  • 7 November 2023 – Details available here.
  • 15 November 2022 – Details available here.
  • 4 November 2021 – Agenda available here.
  • 5 November 2020 – Agenda available here.
  • 15 May 2019 – Agenda available here.

 

STUDIES AND OTHER RELATED INFORMATION

Various studies on the topic of EU-Japan business cooperation in foreign markets have been conducted in recent years. Learn more about business opportunities and case studies with the below resources.

 

POLICY AND FINANCIAL FRAMEWORKS

Several agreements and memoranda of understanding have been signed between the EU and Japan to help foster EU-Japan business cooperation in foreign markets.

  • Partnership on sustainable connectivity and quality infrastructure between the European Union and Japan, 2019. Available here.
  • Global Gateway, a European strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in the digital, energy and transport sectors. Through this strategy, the EU plans major investments in infrastructure development around the world.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), 2018. More info here. The two banks expanded the MoU in 2021 to target new areas of cooperation. More info here.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the EIB and the Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) in 2018. More info here.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the EIB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), 2019. More info here. The two institutions renewed the MoU in March 2023. More info here.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and NEXI in 2020. More info here. The MoU was amended in February 2024 to enhance cooperation including in Ukraine. More info here.

 

CONTACT

If you wish to contact the person in charge of the International Joint Projects team, please send an email.

 

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