"Step in Japan" is a support initiative for SMEs, offered free of charge.
It acts as a landing pad for SMEs based in the EU or SMP-COSME partnering country (*), planning on entering into or expanding within Japan.
The initiative encompasses a full range of essential support measures for businesses:
- free office space in Japan: a “hot desk” in Tokyo on the Centre’s premises that includes an internet connection and telephone (**) for up to 1 month (a maximum of 2 beneficiaries per time slot);
- full access to meeting and seminar facilities within the Centre’s premises;
- a help desk for information inquiries on business in Japan;
- assistance with using the Enterprise Europe Network service while in Japan. (***)
(*) Non EU ? 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 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 will fund the EU-Japan Centre, including its “Vulcanus in Japan” action starting from 1 April 2022
(**) unlimited local calls
(***) If you wish to benefit from the support of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) in your internationalisation process, the Centre will be pleased to introduce you to the relevant organisation in your area in charge of the EEN support