December 13

2018

What additional opportunities will the EPA offer to European SMEs? The EU-Japan Economic partnership Agreement (EPA), expected to come into force in 2019, will give European companies additional opportunities in Japan’s government or public procurement market. While European companies already have enjoyed access to Japanese government contracts under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), the EPA builds upon the GPA and gives European companies additional access to procurement by Japanese government entities and extra assurances to compete with Japanese...

December 11

2018

11-12-18 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM CET How do I successfully prepare and negotiate a deal? Meetings with Japanese partners follow a different agenda than the one we are used to in Europe. They require a more meticulous preparation process and a good deal of formality. For European business people, the greatest challenge however lies in the fact that Japanese meetings tend to be lengthy and tedious and seldom produce any concrete output. Many try to speed up the process, insist on achieving visible results or put pressure on the Japanese partners – and thus rather do more harm...

December 04

2018

December 05

2018

The 21st Lean in Europe visit was to Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd's Deeside Engine Plant in North Wales (UK). It took place on Wednesday 5 December 2018. 22 senior engineers from across Europe took part in the visit to learn about the Toyota Way and Toyota Production System. Day 1 - Preparatory evening at the Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport hotel The prep evening included a detailed introduction to the Deeside Engine Plant and a lean activity both led by Richard Keegan (Adjunct Professor - Trinity Business School, Dublin and Lean advisor to the EU-Japan Centre for...
Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd's Deeside Engine Plant

November 30

2018

Overview: The seminar will first of all offer an update as to how the European Unitary Patent system is expected to get into force in the first half of 2019, making the protection of inventions in Europe simpler and better while enabling inventors to protect their invention in EU countries by submitting one single patent application. The Unitary Patent system will ensure a high quality of granted patents and it is believed that the Unitary Patent protection will certainly stimulate growth, and further investments in innovation and R&D.The European Data Protection...
Delegation of the European Union to Japan

November 27

2018

½-DAY "ABOUT JAPAN" CROSS-CULTURAL WORKSHOP SERIES IN THE EUIn cooperation with local members of the Enterprise Europe Network, the EU-Japan Centre organises cross-cultural workshops in the EU to introduce European companies to the basic principles of Japanese business culture.The goal of the workshops is to prepare European companies for doing business with Japan. Led by an expert consultant with coaching experience at all levels of corporate hierarchy from normal employees to top leadership, the workshops covers the following points: Japanese Business EtiquetteGeneral...

November 23

2018

Responsible Global Sourcing:A Collaborative Approach to Achieve the SDGs:The challenges and the way forward Globalisation has transformed the way in which supply chains operate. With the support of technological developments, together with a rise in regional trade agreements, companies source products from all parts of the world. While providing extensive trading possibilities, companies also have the potential, and the obligation, to contribute to global sustainability. The question is how to better engage and support businesses in their sustainability...
Thon EU Hotel

November 22

2018

½-DAY "ABOUT JAPAN" CROSS-CULTURAL WORKSHOP SERIES IN THE EUIn cooperation with local members of the Enterprise Europe Network, the EU-Japan Centre organises cross-cultural workshops in the EU to introduce European companies to the basic principles of Japanese business culture.The goal of the workshops is to prepare European companies for doing business with Japan. Led by an expert consultant with coaching experience at all levels of corporate hierarchy from normal employees to top leadership, the workshops covers the following points: Japanese Business EtiquetteGeneral...

November 21

2018

½-DAY "ABOUT JAPAN" CROSS-CULTURAL WORKSHOP SERIES IN THE EUIn cooperation with local members of the Enterprise Europe Network, the EU-Japan Centre organises cross-cultural workshops in the EU to introduce European companies to the basic principles of Japanese business culture.The goal of the workshops is to prepare European companies for doing business with Japan. Led by an expert consultant with coaching experience at all levels of corporate hierarchy from normal employees to top leadership, the workshops covers the following points: Japanese Business EtiquetteGeneral...

November 20

2018

Overview: International region-to-region cooperation is an effective means for bringing dynamism to regional economy by internationalizing activities of local entities, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Forms of regional cooperation are well diversified, covering wide range of activities such as export-import of commodities, trade in services, investment, business partnerships (B2Bs), collaboration in research, technology development and innovation, and promotion of people mobility. Such cases of region-to-region cooperation in industry, trade,...
Delegation of European Union to Japan

November 13

2018

What are the recent developments in the AR and VR fields in Japan and where can EU companies add value to the market? Augmented reality and Virtual reality are still technologies in development but with a lot of potential in many domains. The Japanese government issued a report as early as 2016 about the expected long-term positive effects on the Japanese economy brought by AR and VR. The Japanese AR and VR market has a lot of strong players in the gaming field including Sony for Hardware or Bandai Namco and GREE for software. Japanese companies also started an offering...

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The EU-Japan Centre in Tokyo is regularly publishing "Industry and Policy News" from various...
Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with...
To introduce European SMEs to the wide range of tender opportunities in Japan, JTTP Helpdesk...

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17/12/2018
17-12-18 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CET What do companies with R&D in Europe and Japan need to know in regard to the various employee invention legal systems? This webinar explains the basics of...
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To help raise EU industrial competitiveness, the EU-Japan Centre began organising in-depth visits to world class European plants in 2013. Participants learn about the host company's 'lean journey...

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November 2018 Japanese Industry and Policy News Topics covered in the November issue:LEGISLATION...
October 2018 Japanese Industry and Policy News Topics covered in the October issue:LEGISLATION...
EU-Japan Newsletter, Issue #64 December 2018The Centre is pleased to present to...