EBC News

EBC call for White Paper sponsors

Oct. 3, 2014

The EBC's 14th annual White Paper will be released in mid-November and the organisation is currently looking for its final sponsors. Message from the EBC: "The White Paper is a critical reference for our Japanese and European interlocutors, especially with the EU-Japan FTA/EPA negotiations currently taking place. Sponsorship from members and supporters supports the cost of ... Read more

2014/09/26 -Japan's August consumer prices up 3.1% on year

Sept. 26, 2014

Japan's consumer prices rose 3.1 percent in August from a year earlier due to higher energy costs, increasing for the 15th straight month but by a smaller margin than the 3.3 percent increase the previous month, the government said Friday.The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, stood at 103.5 ... Read more

Japan logs 26th straight deficit in August

Sept. 24, 2014

Japan remained in the red in goods trade for the 26th straight month in August, the longest period since comparable data became available in 1979, as exports shrank on the back of weaker demand in the United States and China, government data showed Thursday. The world's third-largest economy logged a trade deficit of 948.5 billion yen ... Read more

Change in disembarkation/embarkation card

July 4, 2014

In time for the summer holidays Japan's Ministry of Justice have decided to slightly change the look of the disembarkation/embarkation card for re-entrants from 1 July, to avoid misunderstandings on when re-entry permits are needed. This card is filled in when you leave Japan and when you return to Japan. If you leave Japan and come ... Read more

Deadline approaching for Executive Training Programme

April 25, 2014

The deadline is approaching for applications for an EU-funded training programme aimed at boosting participants careers in Japan and Korea. The ‘Executive Training Programme ’ (ETP) is looking for highly motivated managers with an ambition to boost their international career in Japan or Korea. To achieve that, ETP offers an intensive, 100% EU-funded, one-year full-time immersion training. The deadline ... Read more

Funding for research and innovation projects

April 23, 2014

Information from EBC on the European Union's Horizon2020 funding programme: What is "Horizon2020"? Running for 7 years (2014 - 2020) with a budget of €80bn:  1.     'H2020' is the European Union's funding instrument for multi-partner research and innovation projects. 2.     It is intended to connect industrial and academic research. 3.     'H2020' is the world's largest and ... Read more

Corporate tax cut could lead to higher revenue

Feb. 20, 2014

Higher corporate tax revenue is possible even with a lower tax rate, according to a study by Japan's Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy. Nongovernment members of the body looked at evidence from overseas and concluded that should Japan cut its corporate tax rate, as is being considered, it would not necessarily mean a fall in tax ... Read more

50 overseas experts to help boost investment

Feb. 6, 2014

Japan is set to hire 50 experts from overseas as part of its plans to attract more foreign investment. The budget for the programme, which also aims to boost the Japanese economy, will be 1.6 billion yen for the next fiscal year. The experts will be hired by the Japanese External Trade Organisation (JETRO) from April 1 ... Read more

Executive Training Programme celebrates 35th anniversary

Jan. 29, 2014

The European Commission's Executive Training Programme (ETP) is celebrating its 35th anniversary. This  EU-funded training programme has empowered more than 1100 European managers and more than 800 companies to succeed in business with Japan and Korea since 1979. And 65% of ETP alumni go on to become senior executives. The EU funds the entire programme and provides ... Read more

Former Ambassador to Japan David Warren Asks If UK is "Open for Business"

Jan. 21, 2014

A former UK Ambassador to Japan has questioned whether the UK is presenting itself as "open for business" to overseas investors. David Warren, writing in The Independent, has suggested the UK could be sending mixed messages to foreign companies. He writes: Earlier this month, the Prime Minister visited China at the head of a major trade delegation. It ... Read more