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EU-Japan News | March 2023 Issue Available Now

EU-Japan NEWS is the quarterly newsletter of the EU-Japan Centre launched in 2003 and containing EU-Japan-related news and features on topics of interest to EU and Japan businesses and public bodies.

The newest issue of the March 2023 Newsletter is available in an online and PDF version packed with the EU and Japan related news, partnering opportunities, network news and lots of other useful information and links.

In this issue, you will find:
* Centre’s news: pages 1-8
* EU news: page 9-10
* Japan news: page 11
* EU-Japan news: pages 12-19
* Enterprise Europe Network opportunities: pages 20
* Calendar: page 21


EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is a unique venture between the European Commission and the Japanese government. It is a non-profit organisation established as an affiliate of the Institute of International Studies and Training (IIST). It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

You can read full March 2023 Newsletter online here!

You can read full March 2023 Newsletter in PDF format here!

Economic Statecraft of the EU and Japan: The case of sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies we are delighted to invite you to an online webinar ‘European Integration and its Economic Statecraft’ with Prof Kazuto Suzuki, Graduate School of Public Policy The University of Tokyo, and hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

UPDATE: We wish to inform you that there has been a change to the topics to be covered to reflect recent international events. Given the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Professor Kazuto Suzuki, University of Tokyo will discuss this urgent global issue in terms of economic statecraft of the EU and Japan, which is felt to be of great concern internationally. Revised topic: “Economic Statecraft of the EU and Japan: The case of sanctions against the Russian invasion of Ukraine”

Date: Friday, 4th March 2022
Time: 1 – 2.30 PM
Online: Zoom – link will be shared with all registered on Eventbrite
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/european-integration-and-its-economic-statecraft-tickets-262415520887?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


Kazuto Suzuki is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and senior fellow of Asia Pacific Initiative (API), the independent policy think tank. He graduated Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received PhD from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England.

He has worked in the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France as assistant researcher and the Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba from 2000 to 2008 and served as Professor of International Politics at Hokkaido University until 2020.

He served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for the Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015. He currently serves as the President of the Japan Association of International Security and Trade.

His research focuses on the conjunction of science/technology and international relations; subjects including space policy, non-proliferation, export control and sanctions.

His recent work includes Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003) and many others.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/european-integration-and-its-economic-statecraft-tickets-262415520887?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


This event is funded by the Embassy of Japan in Ireland.

Join EU-Japan events on decarbonization online | 30.06.2021

With the EU and Japan accelerating efforts to decarbonize and leading global action in this area, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is organising a one-year cycle of free online events bringing together experts, business leaders and other stakeholders from both sides to share ideas and experiences and identify synergies and opportunities for joint action.

Join us on Wednesday, 30th June for our next EU-Japan Online Conference on Trade & Industry towards Carbon Neutrality where 12 experts and business leaders will address:

  • Renewable energy: decarbonizing the economy at the source
  • Hydrogen: a new vector to store and distribute low-carbon energy
  • Transport: towards zero-emission mobility
  • Raw materials for decarbonized economies

Speakers will include representatives from the European Commission (DGs GROW, TRADE and CLIMA), the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan, BloombergNEF, Kansai Electric Power Co., Enel Green Power, Hydrogen Europe, Japan Hydrogen Association, McKinsey & Company, OECD, Umicore and Sojitz Corporation.

Date: Wednesday 30th June
Time: 9:00-11:30 CEST / 16:00-18:30 JST
Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Detailed agenda and registration: https://spipa-japan.net/?p=3386

You can find recordings and summaries of past SPIPA sessions on website here: https://spipa-japan.net/. Previous events have addressed green hydrogen; offshore wind energy; a round table discussion on going beyond the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement; and raising the ambition for climate.

If you have any questions about this series of events, please contact: spipa-japan@eu-japan.or.jp

New business opportunities with Japan and Ireland | Online Business Briefing

We are excited to have teamed up with JETRO and Bank of Ireland, and would like to invite you to an online business briefing New business opportunities with Japan and Ireland’ which will take place on Wednesday, 18th November at 11 a.m.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the current situation of economy and business environment, political agenda, and the business opportunities between Ireland and Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 18th November 2020
Time: 11 AM
Registration: This webinar is free of charge and open to the IJA members and non members. Prior registration is required by Monday, 16th November via email: info@ija.ie. Login details will be sent to all registered participants before the event.


  • Loretta O’Sullivan, Group Chief Economist, Bank of Ireland

‘Update on the Irish economy’ – Dr O’Sullivan will discuss recent economic developments in Ireland and share some insights from the Bank of Ireland sentiment tracker on the business environment.

  • Naritaka Nakaishi, Director General, JETRO London

‘The current situation and political agenda of Japanese economy’ –  Mr. Nakaishi will give the updates on current situation of Japanese economy and political agenda, improvements of business environment, business opportunities with Japan, and JETRO support for Irish companies.


  • Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson

EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) Progress Seminar | 24-26 Nov 2020

The European Union Delegation to Japan is organizing the EU-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) Progress Seminar which will be held through a series of online webinars from 24 until 26 November 2020. 

The EPA Progress Seminar will seek to take stock of the progress on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and will bring together representatives from academia, industry and trade associations, as well as the public sector. The EPA Progress Seminar will take place over three days, with each day covering a different aspect of the EPA and inviting a varied panel of speakers.

Please find a detailed programme below or you can download it here!



Day 1 (November 24 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST) – Register Here!

  • Presentation of EPA Progress Report
  • Presentation of Business Survey
  • Success stories

Day 2 (November 25 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST) – Register Here!

  • Leather and footwear market in Japan

Day 3 (November 26 – 09:00-10:00 am CET/16:00-17:00 pm JST) – Register Here!

  • Presentation of Guide on Public Procurement

Each study/report will be introduced by one of the experts and is followed by contributions from business discussants and a Q&A session.

* Please note that for each day separate registration is required.

Post-Abe Japan & Political Leadership | Online Webinar


We are delighted to support UCD Japan Fair 2020 this year and together with UCD Japan and UCD Centre for Japanese Studies would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Post-Abe Japan & Political Leadership’.

This session  will look at the Post-Abe political environment and the major issues facing Japan.

Date: Friday, 4th December 2020
Time: 12 – 1 PM
Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/post-abe-japan-political-leadership-tickets-125552521973?aff=erelpanelorg


What happens next for Japanese politics after Abe?

Prof. Hugo Dobson (Professor of Japan’s International Relations in the National Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK) will talk about post-Abe leadership and Japan’s role in the world.

Prof. Dobson’s research interests include multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G7 and G20 and Japan’s role therein. His research also explores the role of images in shaping our understanding of international relations and Japan’s role in the world, from postage stamps and logos to TV programmes such as The Simpsons.

He has been invited to teach and research at various institutions around the world including the University of Tokyo, Kobe University, Hosei University, Zurich University and Charles University in Prague.

He has received a number of teaching awards related to his work with the “Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences” initiative at the University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The respondent, Mr Bill Emmott is the Chairperson of the Japan Society in the UK and was previously Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (1993-2006). Bill is a Fellow of Tokyo College, University of Tokyo’s new interdisciplinary research institute. He also chairs the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for the Arts & Humanities and is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies using film, which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras.

He has written eight books on Japan, the first of which was The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan Will Not Be Number One (1989). His most recent book is Japan’s Far More Female Future (Oxford University Press / Nikkei Shimbun Publishing).

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/post-abe-japan-political-leadership-tickets-125552521973?aff=erelpanelorg

Managing business recovery through Covid-19 | Online Webinar

We are excited to have teamed up with Dillon Eustace and SMBC Bank EU AG, and would like to invite you to an online webinar ‘Managing business recovery through Covid-19’ which will take place on 29th September via Zoom.

The impact of Covid-19 on business and economy has been severe in Ireland and across the world. As we start to recover after one of the biggest global crisis of recent times, it is important to talk about what exactly businesses are facing right now, what are the strategies for the recovery and growth of economy on national and global level, and how the corporate world is adapting to the ‘new normal’ during these challenging times.

Date: Tuesday, 29th September 2020
Time: 3-4 PM
Registration: This webinar is free of charge and open to the IJA members and non members. Prior registration is required by Monday, 28th September via e-mail: info@ija.ie. Login details will be sent to all registered participants before the event.
Guest Speakers:
  • Satoshi Okagawa, Senior global markets analyst, SMBC | ‘Economic recovery path under Covid-19’
  • Philip Lea, Partner, Corporate and M&A, Dillon Eustace | ‘Corporate transactions and activity in the COVID era’


  • Raymond Hegarty, IJA Chairperson

Economic Breakfast Briefing

The Ireland Japan Association, JETRO London and Bank of Ireland would like to invite you to an Economic Breakfast Briefing taking place on 21st May. Theme of the briefing: Japanese & European/Irish Economy and Business Environment.

Date: Monday, 21st May, 2018
Time: 7.30 a.m (Registration: 7.30 a.m. | Breakfast 7.45 a.m. | Briefing 8.00 a.m.)
Venue: Bank of Ireland – Corporate Banking, 2 Burlington Plaza, Burlington Road, Dublin 4

Guest Speakers:
* Mr. Toshihiko Sakaguchi, Director General, JETRO London
* Dr. Loretta O’Sullivan, Chief Economist, Bank of Ireland

If you wish attend this event, please RSVP by Thursday, 17th May by email: info@ija.ie or call: 01-6787008.

Event is open only to IJA members.

Event is organized by: JETRO London, Bank of Ireland & Ireland Japan Association

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