To help raise EU industrial competitiveness, the EU-Japan Centre organises in-depth visits to European plants to discuss best practice and facilitate the sharing of ideas and networking. 29 companies have been visited since 2013 (3 visits were double visits, each taking in 2 companies) - for more details see the "Previous visits" section at the bottom of this page. These best practice visits are designed to inspire the participants along their companies' lean journeys and can also provide valuable feedback to the host companies. Participants learn about the host...
14-01-20 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CET What are the business opportunities in Japan’s public healthcare and what you need to do to become a supplier? While a large portion of Japan’s healthcare system is privately managed, about 30% of Japan’s healthcare facilities are publicly-administered. These range from advanced university hospitals and research facilities to municipal hospitals and clinics. Public organisations are required to procure their goods and services through (often competitive) public procurement procedures. With the conclusion of the EPA, the number of public...
The twenty-sixth Lean in Europe visit to the BMW Group Plant Berlin took place on Tuesday, 10th December 2019 and addressed 'Design for Manufacture & Assembly' (DFMA) and 'Preventing waste preventatively - not eliminating it retrospectively'. The BMW Group Plant in Berlin produces 26 of BMW's 30 motorbike models (each model has numerous possible variations), all the bikes are produced to order. After being introduced five years ago, DFMA is now well-established at BMW Berlin. It is used from development to production and is used to permanently reduce production costs...
BMW Group Plant Berlin
05-12-19 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM CET What are the EPA agri-food preferences offered within Tariff Rate Quotas? The EPA is offering tariff concessions within 25 agri-food related Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs). Knowledge about the functioning of these TRQs increases related export potentials. This webinar is part of a series of webinars by the EU-Japan EPA Helpdesk. Each webinar will address a different topic or sector and will look at the changes the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will make and the opportunities it will create. Each webinar will be accompanied by a...
Overview: Connectivity is a megatrend of the 21st century. Rapidly growing interdependence between countries provides unprecedented opportunities for the well-being, safety and resilience of countries and societies. Against this background, the EU and Japan have built strong ties between them with the EPA and the SPA. With the Connectivity agreement, signed by PM Abe and President Juncker in Brussels on 27 September 2019, they are also strengthening what the EU and Japan can do together on the global scene to ensure synergies and complementarity between their respective cooperation with partner third countries.
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
29-11-19 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CET Does the Japanese market's leadership in blockchain technology offer opportunities for EU businesses? Japan has set itself apart as an early adopter of blockchain technology, despite the Mt Gox debacle in 2014. The development of blockchain technology has taken on two distinct approaches: a financial one, with a flourishing regulated trading market, and the corporate one, with several leading technology companies investing heavily in blockchain businesses.The talk will give an overview of the evolution s in the Japanese blockchain industry,...
28-11-19 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM CET When do I have to pay Consumption Tax when I do business with Japan? Do I have to pay Consumption Tax? How can I get paid consumption tax back? How to deal with Consumption Tax when doing business with or in Japan is a question that is often asked to JTPP Helpdesk’s experts, as Japan’s CT operates rather differently from the EU VAT regime. In this webinar, Tokyo-based tax attorney Mrs. Hiroko Koido gave an outline of the rules regarding Consumption Tax in Japan, discussed the changes after the CT increase to 10% from October 1st and...
The 25th Lean in Europe visit was a double visit to Pneu Laurent and SKF Slewing Bearings - Avallon, France. The application deadline has now passed. This visit focused on the challenges of introducing lean thinking and lean tools into old plants. It addressed the challenges of understanding the current situation and how to develop people and processes. Day 1 - lean discussion and visit to Pneu Laurent During the coach transfer from Paris CDG airport there will be a lean discussion, led by Prof. Richard Keegan (Adjunct Associate Professor of Operational...
SKF Slewing Bearings - Avallon
26-11-19 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM CET As a professional service provider, where can I find the information to do business in Japan? Is it necessary to have my professional qualification recognised? Even if you already export to some FTA-countries, you will need specific information if you intend to have trade with Japan as the EU-Japan EPA is very different from the other trade agreements concluded by the EU. This presentation will present you what to start with, and will put the focus on the main differences with former agreements. In addition, this webinar will analyse the...
19-11-19 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM CET What to know before starting trade exchanges with Japan? Even if you already export to some FTA-countries, you will need specific information if you intend to have trade with Japan as the EU-Japan EPA is very different from the other trade agreements concluded by the EU. This presentation will present you what to start with, and will put the focus on the main differences with former agreements. In addition, this webinar will analyse the best and the easiest way to put into practice the EU-Japan EPA and will also provide some useful links...