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2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum - May 16-17, 2019
2nd eu-japan epa forum The 2nd EU-Japan EPA Forum will be held on May 16-17, 2019 at the Principe di Saovia in Milan as an EU wide Japan gathering of industry experts, business leaders, senior executives, policy chiefs and diplomats, all discussing and sharing alternative insights and views on the commercialisation of the recently ratified and implemented EUJapan Economic Partnership Agreement. Themed as “the EPA the new superhighway for trade and investment”. Industry leaders will demonstrate the values of the bilateral accord beyond simply increasing sales, margins and market access, and where Joint-Ventures, Mergers, Acquisitions and the prospects of large-scale projects will bring significant new investments to European businesses and growth opportunities for SMEs.

February 1, 2019

EBC press release - Economic Partnership Agreement
EU-Japan_flag The European Business Council in Japan (EBC) welcomes the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on 1 February 2019. Today is a proud moment for the EBC. As the voice of the European business and industry in Japan, we are on the eve of a new relationship between our two respective markets. Trade relations between the two economies will forever be changed. This will create one of the world´s largest trade zone covering over 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP.

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December 10, 2018
Joint statement on EU-Japan ratification
joint_statement_EJratification As the Japanese Parliament, both upper and lower House, has voted in favour of the EU-Japan EPA, and with the European Parliament about to do it, the EBC together with some other organisations has put out a call to the European Parliament to ratify the agreement as early as possible.
Business calls on the European Parliament to ratify the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

The European Parliament is schedule to vote on the agreement on 12 December.

November 21, 2018
Joint Statement on Proposed Measures Regarding Renewable Power Project Development and Investment
201811_EBC_Renewable_energy_statement The EBC, together with the ACCJ, the ANZCCJ, CCCJ and CCIFJ, issued a statement in response to the plans of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to introduce stricter new deadlines and other measures on solar power project. If these new deadlines are not met the feed-in-tariff (FIT) rate and the duration of the FIT rate will be significantly reduced.

Joint Statement on Proposed Measures Regarding Renewable Power Project Development and Investment

November 1, 2018

whats new - financial
You are cordially invited to join a roundtable discussion hosted by the Financial Reporting Committee on the challenges of maintaining two GAAPs (IFRS or US GAAP for group reporting and J-GAAP for local statutory reporting) given IFRS and US GAAP recently issued many new fundamental standards most of which have not yet been incorporated in any shape of form into JAAP.

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August 23, 2018
Invest Tokyo Seminar Autumn 2018
Hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), in joint sponsorship with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will be holding the event, "Invest Tokyo Seminar Autumn 2018" on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

June 27, 2018
Presentation by the Fair Trade Commission (Updated)

On June 27, Mr. Hiroshi Yamada, Deputy Secretary-General for International Affairs of the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC), talked to EBC members about recent developments at the JFTC in regards to anti-trust and competition, including enforcement trends and priorities.

June 19, 2018
EBC Tax Seminar (Updated with presentations)
On June 18, EBC Tax Committee members from the tax profession and industry introduced the tax impacts of the 2018 Tax Reform at both the individual and corporate levels at an EBC seminar held in the auditorium of the Delegation of the EU to Japan. They explained planning opportunities as well as common pitfalls and discussed these issues in a Q&A session.

May 31, 2018
EU Event on the EU's New Data Privacy Rules (Updated)
On May 31, an event on "New EU Data Privacy Rules in the Global Context" was held at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan.

April 23, 2018
EBC Policy Director Participates in a Free Trade Seminar
The EBC Policy Director, Bjorn Kongstad, participated as a moderator in a seminar on Japan - A Driver for Free Trade. The seminar was organised on 23 April by Team Sweden - Business Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden and the SCCJ. Key note speeches were given by the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Ann Linde, and METI's Director General for Trade Policy, Takehiko Matsuo. Both the speeches touched upon how unique the agreement between EU and Japan is, including issues that have never before been tackled by an FTA/EPA.

January 15, 2018
Tariff Schedule of Japan under EPA Available Online
EU-Japan_flag The full text of the EU-Japan EPA has been available since early December at http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1684 but did not include the tariff reductions/elimination details and dismantling periods for Japan. This information is now available at http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2017/december/tradoc_156519.pdf and should be of interest to companies bringing products currently subject to tariffs into Japan.





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