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is a joint venture co-financed by the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Its aim is to foster the development of industrial cooperation between companies from both regions through training programmes for businesspeople, for EU and Japanese students and researchers, and through information services and an industrial dialogue. This quarterly newsletter is produced by the EUbased office of the EU-Japan Centre, and is primarily intended to provide EU/Japan-related news.

Centre's News

Lyreco shares its continuous improvement journey at the Lean Café

Join the EU-Japan Centre Lean Café, where recent and forthcoming sessions look at ‘Lean Logistics’; ‘Digital Transformation & Lean’; and ‘Translating WCM to World-Class Company’.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

World Class Manufacturing Virtual Training

15
Nov
2021
19
Nov
2021
Online

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation launched the 48th edition of its “World Class Manufacturing” Training (WCM) and is currently calling for applications. .
This 5-day online course will offer a unique opportunity for 25 top entrepreneurs from European industry to observe, see and understand the latest Japanese approaches to operational excellence.
Participants will be invited to join the Centre’s platform sessions in the morning and early in the afternoon for a follow-up and Q&A session. The afternoon discussion will be led by Prof. Richard Keegan who will highly ...

Virtual WCM training session successfully completed

The COVID-19 crisis has led European and Japanese governments to take exceptional measures to avoid the pandemic. For that reason, and given the persisting sanitary risks, the EU-Japan Centre organised an interactive and real-time online version of our “Challenge Towards World Class Manufacturing” (WCM) training programme aiming to help improve EU manufacturers’ competitiveness.
For our latest WCM training held on 8 -12 March 2021; 25 companies from 11 Member States were selected to participate in the programme, among which 9 SMEs. The programme provided 4 lectures on Japanese manuf...

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From Japan

JETRO launches the J-Bridge platform

J-Bridge is a business platform to facilitate collaboration or alliances between Japanese companies and overseas startups/businesses.
The project targets some Asian countries, the United States, Australia, and Europe covering various sectors.
For the time being, for Europe, only companies dealing with carbon-neutral technologies are invited to become members of the new platform.

Startup City Project Japan

Startups are key players in the transformation of society and solving social issues by innovation.
The “Startup city project” is aiming to make an energetic Startup ecosystem in Japan.
The Japanese Government has selected eight Startup Cities and is providing intensive support for the ecosystem building by cooperation with local governments, universities, and the private sector.
Source: Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On 4 May, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission.
Minister Motegi welcomed the Council conclusions on the “EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific” as EU’s strong will for its engagement with the Indo-Pacific region. High Representative Borrell expressed his gratitude for Minister Motegi’ s explanation of the vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” at the EU For...

EU-Japan News

Why Poland now? Attractive destination for energy and infrastructure projects!

Investments within energy and infrastructure sectors were the subject of the virtual conference "Why Poland now? Attractive destination for energy and infrastructure projects!" organised on 3 March 2021, by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, in cooperation with Keidanren, JETRO and Shokokai. Polish - Japanese event was followed by nearly 500 people online.

The aim of this online meeting was to deepen partnership and seek for innovation within strategic areas - energy and large infrastructure projects. The first part of the meeting was ope...

CCILJ & CCHJ in cooperation to promote the Iberian space in Japan

The Portuguese Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILJ) and the Japanese Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHJ) have established a cooperation agreement focused on a partnership of mutual support, in the promotion of their members in the Iberian space and possible joint approaches to the Japanese market.
This partnership is of enormous importance for both entities, as it allows for the promotion of networking amongst companies linked to the Japanese market in the Iberian Peninsula, offering services for member prices to its members in both countries, as well as the joint promotion ...

BLCCJ Nippon Export Award 2021-2022

The Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan is organising the 11th edition of the Nippon Export Award. Is your SME or large company exporting to Japan, importing into Japan, or offering Belgian-Luxembourg products/services in Japan? Then you could be the next winner!

The Network News

European biotech & pharma partnering conference, virtual again in 2021

From 27-30 September 2021, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Osaka Bio Headquarters (Osaka Prefectural Government) will again organise the Virtual Biotech & Pharma Partnering Conference, a one-to-one business-matching event.
This annual event held since 2016 in Osaka, was successfully taken online last year with 152 companies attending and 374 meetings, a more than 30% growth to previous physical events. The event is also a great example for cooperation between European and Japanese Clusters, the Enterprise Europe Network and member states’ Trade Promotion Organisat...

Cooperation with Member Organisations of Enterprise Europe Network

Co-organisation of online workshops for the benefit of SMEs clients of these EU regional support organisations.
In early 2021 the EU-Japan Centre has launched a call for (co-organising) online export-support and/or cross-cultural workshops and received over 30 expressions of interest from local member organisations of Enterprise Europe Network (EEN). Since February 2021, the EU-Japan Centre has co-organised 8 online workshops with several EEN partners, including, representatives from Stowarzyszenie Wolna Przedsiębiorczość (Poland), Croatian Chamber of Economy (Croatia), Auvergne-Rhone ...

ExpoCook2021 Brokerage Event

28
Sep
2021
30
Sep
2021
Italy
Online and Palermo

Expocook Online Experience held on 28-30 September 2021, brings together companies (buyers, suppliers, other stakeholders) from a large number of countries related to the world of food in its broader sense: food and beverage production: traditional, organic, "free from", functional, etc.; food/wine tourism; products and components for the Ho.Re.Ca sector; professional equipment for bars and restaurants, pizzerias, pubs and breweries, pastry shops, bakeries and gastronomy shops, hotels, large communities, etc.; hotel-business related: services for hotels and accommodation facilities, enginee...

The Network offers & requests

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

A Japanese producer of hydraulic pumps competitive for their lightweight and compactness is looking for EU partners.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Clothing

Japanese manufacturer of protective industrial gloves’ looking for distribution agreement in the EU.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Medical Instrument

Japanese manufacturer of surgical instruments for the treatment of trigger finger is looking for distributors in the EU.

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REQUEST FOR SUPPLIER: Industrial Equipment

Japanese trading company supplying municipalities and local utility providers is looking for EU sustainable products and technologies to distribute in Japan.
Such as: power storage and management systems, emergency ...

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

A Japanese producer of hydraulic pumps competitive for their lightweight and compactness is looking for EU partners.

BOJP20200406001

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Clothing

Japanese manufacturer of protective industrial gloves’ looking for distribution agreement in the EU.

BOJP20210323001

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Medical Instrument

Japanese manufacturer of surgical instruments for the treatment of trigger finger is looking for distributors in the EU.

BOJP20200401001

REQUEST FOR SUPPLIER: Industrial Equipment

Japanese trading company supplying municipalities and local utility providers is looking for EU sustainable products and technologies to distribute in Japan.
Such as: power storage and management systems, emergency ...

BRJP20210402001

Calendar

Date/location Details Contacts
22
Jun
2021
23
Jun
2021
Online
WORKSHOP
Security Policy Workshop
Japanese-German Center Berlin
Url
24
Jun
2021
Online
WEBINAR
Personalized Nutrition as a Driver of Sport Success
Foodvalley
Url
01
Jul
2021
Online
WEBINAR
Lean Café #08 - Linking digital tools and lean with SpoluWorks
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
23
Sep
2021
Online
WEBINAR
Lean Café #09 with CNH Industrial - Understanding WCM, developing a World Class Company and spreading it across people, sites and cultures
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
27
Sep
2021
30
Sep
2021
Online
VIRTUAL MATCHMAKING EVENT
European Biotech & Pharma Virtual Partnering Conference
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Osaka Bio Headquarters (Osaka Prefectural Government)
Url
13
Oct
2021
Online
SYMPOSIUM
DJW Symposium 2021 Online: “Yesterday’s future, tomorrow’s trends – perspectives for the Japanese-German economic relations” part II
DJW
Url
13
Oct
2021
15
Oct
2021
Online
VIRTUAL MATCHMAKING EVENT
Biotech Cluster & SMEs Mission
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
14
Oct
2021
Online
WEBINAR
Lean Café #10 with Mondelēz International - Lean in the food industry
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
22
Oct
2021
24
Oct
2021
Japan
Takamatsu & Online
CONFERENCE
Human-centered Sustainability and Innovation for an AI-assisted Future: New Interdisciplinary Education & Research for the Next Stages in Japan and Europe
EJEA – European Japan Experts Association
Url
15
Nov
2021
19
Nov
2021
Online
ONLINE TRAINING
World Class Manufacturing - November Virtual Mission
Application deadline: 26 June 2021
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url