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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 EU-based office of the EU-Japan Centre, and is primarily intended to provide EU/Japan-related news.

Centre's News

Strengthen Japan-EU relations in a new era

A special New Year column on EU-Japan relations written by our Managing Director Yasuo Tanabe has been published on the website of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

The EU-Japan Centre participates in the International Space Industry Exhibition 2023

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation through its “Space.Japan Helpdesk“ represented 7 Space SMEs from the EU at the International Space Industry Exhibition (ISIEX) in Tokyo.

EU Clusters and SMEs visit Japan with the EU-Japan Centre’s Nanotech Mission

Nine EU entrepreneurs from four different countries attended the EU-Japan Centre’s 6th edition of the Nanotech mission in Japan.

Strengthen Japan-EU relations in a new era

A special New Year column on EU-Japan relations written by our Managing Director Yasuo Tanabe has been published on the website of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

The EU-Japan Centre participates in the International Space Industry Exhibition 2023

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation through its “Space.Japan Helpdesk“ represented 7 Space SMEs from the EU at the International Space Industry Exhibition (ISIEX) in Tokyo.

EU Clusters and SMEs visit Japan with the EU-Japan Centre’s Nanotech Mission

Nine EU entrepreneurs from four different countries attended the EU-Japan Centre’s 6th edition of the Nanotech mission in Japan.

Sustainable Technology Day

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and UNIDO ITPO Tokyo organised the Sustainable Technology Day on 17 February 2023. The pitching and networking event aimed at connecting EU and Japanese companies for possible joint projects in Africa.

Successful business mission at the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation organised a business mission at the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City to help EU companies expand their business with Japanese partners in Vietnam and with Vietnamese partners.

APPLY AND JOIN THE 6th EDITION OF GET READY FOR JAPAN

The EU-Japan Centre is currently accepting applications for its yearly training programme in Japan: “Get Ready for Japan”. This year’s session is finally back to its physical format in Tokyo.

Sustainable Technology Day

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and UNIDO ITPO Tokyo organised the Sustainable Technology Day on 17 February 2023. The pitching and networking event aimed at connecting EU and Japanese companies for possible joint projects in Africa.

Successful business mission at the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation organised a business mission at the Green Economy Forum & Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City to help EU companies expand their business with Japanese partners in Vietnam and with Vietnamese partners.

APPLY AND JOIN THE 6th EDITION OF GET READY FOR JAPAN

The EU-Japan Centre is currently accepting applications for its yearly training programme in Japan: “Get Ready for Japan”. This year’s session is finally back to its physical format in Tokyo.

Manufacturing and hospitality – two sectors, one set of lean approaches

Lean in Europe visits show how process improvement / optimisation is relevant for all sectors and sizes of company. Whereas the most recent visit addressed lean in manufacturing, April’s one will look at lean in hospitality.

World Class Manufacturing (WCM) training back in Japan

The 51st edition of the World Class Manufacturing mission will take place from 13 to 17 March 2023 in Nagoya, Japan.

EU-Japan Green Transition Matchmaking 2023

In partnership with many stakeholders in Europe and Japan, the EU-Japan Centre organises an “EU-Japan Green Transition Matchmaking” for the second year in a row. The event is for companies as well as research organisations from Japan and Europe interested in building business partnerships that contribute to a low-carbon society.

Manufacturing and hospitality – two sectors, one set of lean approaches

Lean in Europe visits show how process improvement / optimisation is relevant for all sectors and sizes of company. Whereas the most recent visit addressed lean in manufacturing, April’s one will look at lean in hospitality.

World Class Manufacturing (WCM) training back in Japan

The 51st edition of the World Class Manufacturing mission will take place from 13 to 17 March 2023 in Nagoya, Japan.

EU-Japan Green Transition Matchmaking 2023

In partnership with many stakeholders in Europe and Japan, the EU-Japan Centre organises an “EU-Japan Green Transition Matchmaking” for the second year in a row. The event is for companies as well as research organisations from Japan and Europe interested in building business partnerships that contribute to a low-carbon society.

Intelligence support to succeed in Japan

In nearly 10 years, the EU Business in Japan support has provided over 400 reports and webinars spanning from industrial sectors to cultural aspects and regulations to help EU companies succeed in Japan.

EU-Japan EPA & Rules of Origin - Podcasts series

The free trade agreement between the EU and Japan allows products made in the EU to benefit from preferential tariffs. But how do you assess if a product is of EU origin? What are the most important “Rules of Origins” common to many free trade agreements, and how do they work?

Intelligence support to succeed in Japan

In nearly 10 years, the EU Business in Japan support has provided over 400 reports and webinars spanning from industrial sectors to cultural aspects and regulations to help EU companies succeed in Japan.

EU-Japan EPA & Rules of Origin - Podcasts series

The free trade agreement between the EU and Japan allows products made in the EU to benefit from preferential tariffs. But how do you assess if a product is of EU origin? What are the most important “Rules of Origins” common to many free trade agreements, and how do they work?

From EU

New Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement between the Commission and Japan

On 17 January 2023, Director-General Timo Pesonen of the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space has signed, on behalf of the European Commission, a Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The Arrangement was signed in the margin of the EU-Japan Space Dialogue taking place in Brussels the same week.

New Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement between the Commission and Japan

On 17 January 2023, Director-General Timo Pesonen of the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space has signed, on behalf of the European Commission, a Copernicus Cooperation Arrangement with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. The Arrangement was signed in the margin of the EU-Japan Space Dialogue taking place in Brussels the same week.

EU signs agreement boosting air services with Japan

With a view to enhancing air services with Japan, on 20 February 2023, the Swedish presidency of the Council signed on behalf of the EU an aviation agreement with one of the Union’s most important partners in Asia. The agreement will give all EU air carriers non-discriminatory access to routes between the EU and Japan, thereby promoting open and fair competition.

From Japan

Health Campus Limburg, an initiative of POM Limburg, and Osaka Bio Headquarters reach an agreement

Health Campus Limburg, the new health & life sciences campus in Belgian Limburg, and Osaka Bio Headquarters, a bureau of industry-academia-government collaboration responsible for accelerating the growth of life-science industry in Osaka, agreed on the memorandum of understanding to foster connections between Flanders and Osaka.

Spotted publication

The monthly magazine “Highlighting Japan” is published by the Japanese Government to help readers better understand Japan today.

Health Campus Limburg, an initiative of POM Limburg, and Osaka Bio Headquarters reach an agreement

Health Campus Limburg, the new health & life sciences campus in Belgian Limburg, and Osaka Bio Headquarters, a bureau of industry-academia-government collaboration responsible for accelerating the growth of life-science industry in Osaka, agreed on the memorandum of understanding to foster connections between Flanders and Osaka.

NEDO Chairman Meets President of Regional Council of Bretagne, France

On 8 December 2022, NEDO Chairman Hiroaki Ihizuka met with Mr. Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Bretagne, France.

Spotted publication

The monthly magazine “Highlighting Japan” is published by the Japanese Government to help readers better understand Japan today.

EU-Japan News

Energy Transition Collaborations: Dutch Trade Mission, led by Minister Schreinemacher coming to Japan

Together with partners in Japan, the Netherlands is on a mission to build partnerships and pave the way for a sustainable future. In this light, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher is leading a trade mission on the Energy Transition with more than 40 participants from 15 to 17 of March in Tokyo, Japan.

Seminar: North Rhine-Westphalia, a Frontrunner of the German Hydrogen Strategy

On 16 March 2023, during the FC Expo 2023 at BIG SIGHT TOKYO, NRW.Global Business, the trade and investment agency of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia, and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) will host a seminar “Business and Investment Opportunities in Germany’s Growing Hydrogen Ecosystem: North Rhine-Westphalia, a Frontrunner of the German Hydrogen Strategy“.

German-Japanese Energy Transition Council discusses Pathways to Decarbonization

From 2 to 3 March, the German and Japanese members of the Expert Council exchanged views on the current energy policy of both countries in a two-day meeting. In particular, the focus was on the results of studies on carbon-neutral buildings and on the decarbonization of the petrochemical industry.

Energy Transition Collaborations: Dutch Trade Mission, led by Minister Schreinemacher coming to Japan

Together with partners in Japan, the Netherlands is on a mission to build partnerships and pave the way for a sustainable future. In this light, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher is leading a trade mission on the Energy Transition with more than 40 participants from 15 to 17 of March in Tokyo, Japan.

Seminar: North Rhine-Westphalia, a Frontrunner of the German Hydrogen Strategy

On 16 March 2023, during the FC Expo 2023 at BIG SIGHT TOKYO, NRW.Global Business, the trade and investment agency of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia, and Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) will host a seminar “Business and Investment Opportunities in Germany’s Growing Hydrogen Ecosystem: North Rhine-Westphalia, a Frontrunner of the German Hydrogen Strategy“.

German-Japanese Energy Transition Council discusses Pathways to Decarbonization

From 2 to 3 March, the German and Japanese members of the Expert Council exchanged views on the current energy policy of both countries in a two-day meeting. In particular, the focus was on the results of studies on carbon-neutral buildings and on the decarbonization of the petrochemical industry.

Joint Booth of Thuringian High-tech companies from Germany at the "Optics & Photonics International Exhibition"

Organised by the Regional Development Corporation of the German Free State of Thuringia, a delegation of High-tech companies will be exhibiting at the "Optics & Photonics International Exhibition" (https://www.opie.jp) from 19 to 21 April 2023 at Pacifico Yokohama. Interested Japanese organisations are invited to visit their booth.

Polish and Japanese cities jointly prepare a trade mission to Japan in May 2023

Polish municipality Krotoszyn and Japanese town Okinoshima (Shimane Prefecture) sister city bonds were established in 2016. These cities’ mutual passion for sumo and existing ties are constantly getting stronger, helping to identify new areas of development. The trade mission from Krotoszyn to Okinoshima, and the town of Misato, is scheduled for May 2023. Six companies from Krotoszyn will participate in it.

Joint Booth of Thuringian High-tech companies from Germany at the "Optics & Photonics International Exhibition"

Organised by the Regional Development Corporation of the German Free State of Thuringia, a delegation of High-tech companies will be exhibiting at the "Optics & Photonics International Exhibition" (https://www.opie.jp) from 19 to 21 April 2023 at Pacifico Yokohama. Interested Japanese organisations are invited to visit their booth.

Agri-food companies of Castilla y León in Foodex Japan 2023

Companies from Castilla y León have been present at Foodex Japan 2023, at a pavilion that had a gastronomic space for tasting, to consolidate their presence in the Japanese market.

360° promotion of Italian production

The first months of 2023 have seen the promotion of Italian products and know-hows in a wide range of sectors from food and fashion to renewable energy.

Tokyo meets Italian companies from the Abruzzo region to foster new collaborations

38 companies from Abruzzo, Italy, participated in the first edition of the international Foodex Japan fair (Tokyo, 7-10 March 2023) open to international exhibitors after the break imposed by the pandemic.

360° promotion of Italian production

The first months of 2023 have seen the promotion of Italian products and know-hows in a wide range of sectors from food and fashion to renewable energy.

Italy and Japan signed an MoU to cross-support their start-up activities

During the 32nd IJBG Assembly held in Venice on 1 December 2022, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) agreed to cooperate, mutually supporting the two countries’ start-up companies to develop their businesses respectively in Japan and in Italy.

Tokyo meets Italian companies from the Abruzzo region to foster new collaborations

38 companies from Abruzzo, Italy, participated in the first edition of the international Foodex Japan fair (Tokyo, 7-10 March 2023) open to international exhibitors after the break imposed by the pandemic.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2023

he Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2023.

The Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2023

he Belgium-Japan Association & Chamber of Commerce (BJA) celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2023.

SCCJ 30th Anniversary Celebration

The 30th anniversary celebration of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan took place on 27 January 2023. The event was held in honor of the successful 30 years of the Chamber and its member companies.

Millions of Japanese People Visit Spanish Olive Groves Thanks to Five Influencers

Five Japanese influencers visited the main olive oil production area of Spain, where they were able to immerse themselves in the culture of this food: from the largest olive grove on the planet, to its industry and rich gastronomy.

Global Foodture project targets Japan

The green and sustainable transition of the global food system is a hot topic. Therefore, seven European clusters have joined forces and created the EU project Global Foodture with a focus on four Asian countries – Japan being one of the four.

Millions of Japanese People Visit Spanish Olive Groves Thanks to Five Influencers

Five Japanese influencers visited the main olive oil production area of Spain, where they were able to immerse themselves in the culture of this food: from the largest olive grove on the planet, to its industry and rich gastronomy.

European Association of Japanese Studies conference at Ghent University

From 17 to 20 August 2023, the Institute of Japanese Studies at Ghent University will organize the 17th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS).

“German Research Fair” for graduate, PhD & Postdoc students from Japan

DWIH Tokyo hosts the first online “German Research Fair” on 27 April 2023. The aim is to connect graduate students, PhD students and postdoc researchers from Japan with 14 universities and research organizations in Germany and to inform them about funding opportunities.

European Association of Japanese Studies conference at Ghent University

From 17 to 20 August 2023, the Institute of Japanese Studies at Ghent University will organize the 17th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS).

“German Research Fair” for graduate, PhD & Postdoc students from Japan

DWIH Tokyo hosts the first online “German Research Fair” on 27 April 2023. The aim is to connect graduate students, PhD students and postdoc researchers from Japan with 14 universities and research organizations in Germany and to inform them about funding opportunities.

The Network News

The Network offers & requests

REQUEST FOR SUPPLIER: Home equipment

A Japanese distributor is looking for EU manufactured goods that can be sold at home improvement stores. 
For example: fasteners, building hardware, metal parts, camping equipment, pet supplies, tools, adh...

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Beverage

Japanese company is offering organic roasted tea called bowcha.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR OR AGENT: Healthcare

Japanese company offers sensor technology for usage in elderly care.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

Japanese manufacturer offers industrial optical lens and mould.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

Japanese company offers sludge-dewatering equipment that prevents clogging.

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REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

A Japanese specialized manufacturer of Allen wrenches (hex key) wrenches.

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SERVICES OFFERED: Pharmaceutical

A Japanese company offers services for the regulatory approval process in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

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REQUEST FOR SUPPLIER: Home equipment

A Japanese distributor is looking for EU manufactured goods that can be sold at home improvement stores. 
For example: fasteners, building hardware, metal parts, camping equipment, pet supplies, tools, adh...

BRJP20230127004

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Beverage

Japanese company is offering organic roasted tea called bowcha.

BOJP20230131001

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR OR AGENT: Healthcare

Japanese company offers sensor technology for usage in elderly care.

BOJP20230104001

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

Japanese manufacturer offers industrial optical lens and mould.

BOJP20230127001

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

Japanese company offers sludge-dewatering equipment that prevents clogging.

BOJP20230127002

REQUEST FOR DISTRIBUTOR: Industrial Equipment

A Japanese specialized manufacturer of Allen wrenches (hex key) wrenches.

BOJP20230127003

SERVICES OFFERED: Pharmaceutical

A Japanese company offers services for the regulatory approval process in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

BOJP20230206002

Calendar

Date/location Details Contacts
15
Mar
2023
17
Mar
2023
Japan
Tokyo
MATCHMAKING MISSION
Green Economy Cluster & SMEs Mission
Application deadline: 14 December 2022
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
03
Jul
2023
04
Jul
2023
France
COMPANY VISIT
LEAN in Europe - Fly SpA in Italy
Application period starts in April
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
20
Jul
2024
81
03
Jul
2023
04
Jul
2023
France
COMPANY VISIT
LEAN in Europe - Fly SpA in Italy
Application period starts in April
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
17
Aug
2023
20
Aug
2023
Belgium
Ghent
CONFERENCE
17th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies
European Association for Japanese Studies
Url
27
Sep
2023
Online
B2B MATCHMAKING EVENT
Dedicated EU-Japan B2B event within the frame of the Global Foodture project
Global Foodture project
Url
08
Oct
2024
11
Oct
2024
Japan
Tokyo
BUSINESS MISSION
Biotech Mission
Application deadline: TBC
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
06
Nov
2023
10
Nov
2023
Japan
Tokyo
TRAINING MISSION
World Class Manufacturing - November session
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
31
Jan
2024
03
Feb
2024
Japan
Tokyo
MATCHMAKING MISSION
Nanotech Cluster & SMEs Mission
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url
12
Mar
2024
15
Mar
2024
Japan
Tokyo
MATCHMAKING MISSION
Digital Cluster & SMEs Mission
Application deadline: 24 November 2023
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Url