ABOUT THE CENTRE
The Centre is a joint venture established in 1987 by the European Commission (DG GROW) and the Japanese Government (METI) for promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan. It is jointly funded and managed by both sides. It has its head office in Tokyo and an office in Brussels. *Some are digitalized due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Activities of the Centre are listed below and are also available by clicking on the following PDF.
JAPANESE BUSINESS CULTURE AND PRACTICES
2-week ‘Get Ready for Japan’ scheme in Tokyo.
CROSS CULTURAL & MARKET ACCESS WORKSHOPS
Half-a-day workshops in the EU to introduce EU companies to the basic principles of Japanese business culture. Done in cooperation with local members of EEN.
JAPANESE MANUFACTURING EXPERTISE
5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission in Japan.
Nov session : https://www.eu-japan.eu/events/world-class-manufacturing-mission-I
March session : https://www.eu-japan.eu/events/world-class-manufacturing-mission-II
In-depth one-day visits to world class European plants and discussion and sharing of lean thinking
https://www.eu-japan.eu/events/lean-cafe (webinars and online discussions of lean strategy)
https://www.eu-japan.eu/events/lean-visits-europe (physical visits to European companies)
INDUSTRIAL INTERNSHIPS IN JAPAN
One-year 'Vulcanus' programme in Japan.
HOW TO BENEFIT FROM THE EU-JAPAN EPA
The ‘EPA Helpdesk’ supports and guides EU SMEs in their search for relevant information.
EU-Japan trade deal: the opportunities for small business
Doing business in the Land of the Rising Sun
OPPORTUNITIES IN JAPANESE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
The ‘Tax & Public Procurement Helpdesk’ provides a wide range of services in the areas of public procurement and tax issues in Japan. https://www.eu-japan.eu/government-procurement
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND IP
The ‘EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk’ supports EU and Japanese companies and individuals in their steps to search for and acquire technologies. http://www.eu-jp-tthelpdesk.eu/
TEMPORARY OFFICE IN JAPAN
"Step in Japan" is a support initiative for SMEs, offered free of charge.
PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PLAN
“Keys to Japan” offers a personalized market entry business plan.
CLUSTER & SME COOPERATION
The ‘Cluster Support Helpdesk’ can identify potential cooperation partners in Japan.
BUSINESS & MATCHMAKING MISSIONS TO JAPAN
Cluster support 3-5 days missions are organised every year in Japan for EU Clusters and SMEs in biotech, ICT, nanotech and green economy.
Include exhibiting and one-on-one meetings at a targeted trade fair.
HOSTING A JAPANESE ENGINEERING STUDENT IN INDUSTRY IN THE EU
EXPORTING FOOD PRODUCTS TO JAPAN
EU-JAPAN BUSINESS COLLABORATION IN/WITH ASEAN, AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA
Helpdesk for EU Japan business cooperation in Africa, ASEAN and Latin America
BUSINESS INFORMATION & DIALOGUE
INTELLIGENCE ON MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES IN JAPAN
The "EU Business in Japan" project offers information and reports on a wide range of Japanese business sectors, on regulations and Japanese business culture. Over 400 reports and webinars are already available.
Any query about Japan? Feel free to contact us.
EU & JAPAN POLICY SEMINARS
The Centre's webinars and workshops both in Europe and Japan cover a wide range of issues including circular economy, Green x digital, SMEs, food safety, public procurement, EPA, regions & clusters, connectivity... https://www.eu-japan.eu/policy-seminars
6-MONTH IN-HOUSE RESEARCH SCHEME IN JAPAN
“Minerva” is a 6-month in-house research scheme in Japan, designed to support research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues. https://www.eu-japan.eu/minerva_programme. Reports available:https://www.eu-japan.eu/overview-minerva-eu-japan-market-policy-intelligence-programme
EU-JAPAN BUSINESS ROUND TABLE
The ‘EU-Japan Business Round Table’ (BRT) fosters communication between the Japanese and European industries, and submits recommendations to the Japanese and European authorities.
PROMOTION OF R&D COOPERATION
R&D PARTNERS in JAPAN
The Centre is the ‘National Contact Point’ in Japan for the EU programmes “Horizon 2020” and its successor "Horizon Europe" to promote research cooperation and support participation of Japanese organisations. https://www.ncp-japan.jp/
Space Japan focus on certain cooperation sectors such as Earth Observation.
INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS AND REGIONS
MOBILISING CLUSTERS, REGIONS, CITIES, PREFECTURES IN THE EU AND JAPAN
The EU-Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk help entities at local level to learn from existing cooperation, and promote new ones in a wide range of topics in terms of industry, trade, investment, innovation, tourism, and people mobility. https://www.ejrc-helpdesk.eu/
COMMUNICATION & COOPERATION
COORDINATION WITH THE EU MEMBER STATES TPOs "TEAM EUROPE"
The Centre organises regular meetings with all the EU Member States Trade Promotion Organization present in Japan for sharing information, ensuring complementarities, and developing joint actions.
MoUs signed by the Centre and Partners such as prefectural government and Chamber of Commerce
Over the last years, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has signed the following memorandums of understanding to signal the willingness of the parties to move forward with for example reinforced cooperation, sharing of knowledge and experience, dissemination of information, mobilization of stakeholders and follow up of actions, business matchmaking, seminars and events, etc. Each MoU defines the specific scope and purpose of the cooperation.
The EU-Japan Centre has signed 9 MoUs with (reverse chronological order)
• Ota-city Industrial Promotion Organization (2014)
• German trade fair organization called “Messe Dusseldorf” (2016)
• Czech Chamber of Commerce and industry in Japan (2017)
• Japan Space Systems (2017)
• Osaka Prefectural Government (2018)
• German chamber of Commerce and industry in Japan (2019)
• Miyagi Prefectural Government (2019)
• Consulting company called Qunie (2020)
• Insurance company called MS&AD (2022)
Discussions are taken place at the moment with other organisations in Europe and in Japan towards future MoUs.
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The Centre currently produces 5 newsletters:
Manuel Hubert, General Manager: @ManuelHubert
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Get Ready For Japan | WCM, Lean in Europe and Lean Café | EPA Helpdesk | WCM 30 years | Vulcanus in Japan | Technology Transfer Helpdesk | EU-Japan Business Cooperation with ASEAN, Africa and Latin America Helpdesk | Helpdesk for EU-Japan cooperation at the local level of industrial clusters, regions and prefectures | EEN 10 years | Minerva | BRT | Centre 35 years anniversary | Communications Activities | 'virtual mall' in the agri-food sector
You may also have a monthly overview of our upcoming events below:
Stock-taking thematic papers cutting across horizontally all EU-Japan Centre’s actions to provide complementary info, rationale and how they form together a meaningful and effective package
- Green transition
- Digital transformation
- MedTech / health and well being / pharma and biotech: in preparation
- Nanotech /Advanced materials : in preparation
- ...More to come
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