February 12, 2021: Japanese Industry and Policy News January 2021 by the EU-Japan Centre now available online

The EU-Japan Centre is pleased to announce the latest release of its “Japanese Industry and Policy News” composed of various Japanese language sources of potential interest, including policy documents, surveys, and official statements, in the context of EU-Japan industrial cooperation.

Topics covered in the january 2021 isue:

Legislation and Policy News
– Services launched for system for filing requests for subsidies called “jGrants 2.0”
-Demonstration tests to be held for food waste reduction taking advantage of electronic tags (RFID)
– “Echizen Gani” and “Iburigakko” are targets of Geographical Indication, first added in Japan-EU EPA
Survey and Business Data
– Carbon neutral in 2050, 43% of companies are “difficult to achieve”
-Trade balance in 2020, secure surplus for the first time in 3 years
– 400,000 people moving out of Tokyo, up 4.7% to 2019
Company & Organization News
– Sony unveils driving test of EV under development on public road
– MIRAI, plant factory equipment sales contract with Norwegian company completely closed
– 92 corporations calling on the Japanese government to raise its 2030 renewable energy target to 40-50%
– Commercialized the world’s first supplement of green bio product containing the biotics ingredient HYA
– Face recognition and palm vein authentication enable highly accurate identification of people even when wearing a mask
– Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Vattenfall and Wärme Hamburg sign letter of intent for 100MW hydrogen project in Hamburg
– Toyota is the number one seller in the world for the first time in 5 years
Other Topics
– Wear non-woven mask when meeting people, performance difference in material and shape

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February 11, 2021: Report: Smart Farming Technology in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies (*registration is required to access the report)

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation provides an interesting report “Smart Farming Technology in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies”. There is also a Webinar “Smart Farming technology in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies” planned on March 2, focusing on the given issues.

Please keep in mind that this report is only accessible to EU companies which are registered to the EU Business in Japan website. If you are not yet a member, please register here: http://www.eubusinessinjapan.eu/user/register.

About the Report 

Facilitated by EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the Japanese market offers interesting opportunities for European small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of soil cultivation and harvest preparation/ cultivation technologies such as drones and other precision farming solutions, a market sector which is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. However, when entering the Japanese market, specific challenges need to be considered carefully. This report provides interested European SMEs with a sophisticated insight into the opportunities and key success factors for the Japanese smart farming market.

About the Experts

Johanna Schilling, Senior Project Manager, ECOS GmbH. Johanna Schilling has been a project manager at ECOS since 2000 and became senior project manager and authorized person in 2006. Over more than 20 years, Johanna has obtained experience especially in the fields of research, market entry consulting, management training and the organization of international conferences and trade missions.

Nils Temmen is Project Manager at ECOS since 2015. His focus at ECOS is on Project and Event Management in the Area of Energy and Sustainable Technologies as well as in Business Consulting of German and Japanese clients in the areas of E-Mobility, Environmental Technologies and Energy Technologies.

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February 10, 2021: German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, is seeking applicants for a digital and IT support position

The German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, is a German research institute based in Tokyo (www.dijtokyo.org). As an institute of the Max Weber Foundation, it is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The DIJ is seeking applicants for a digital and IT support position.

Tasks include:

–         Website support, programming, data input

–         Technical support and supervision of online/offline events

–         Basic design work for illustrations, posters, etc.

–         Deployment of updates / patches (Windows server/ Filewave)

–         IT support and troubleshooting

We welcome applications from candidates with the following profile:

–         Documented experience with WordPress, php skills, Git, Mac OS, Linux

–         CSS skills and creative talent for layout and design

–         Well-developed teamwork and communication skills

–         Experience with audio and video recording/editing

–         Experience with streaming and publishing on YouTube, social media

–         Knowledge of active directory, group policies

–         Knowledge of Windows patch/update management (Filewave)

–         Ability to work flexible hours for infrequent event support on evenings/weekend

Applicants must be fluent in English and in Japanese or German and either have Japanese nationality or otherwise be in possession of a Japanese working visa.

The employment would be first on a two-year basis starting in Spring / early Summer 2021 with the option of a permanent position thereafter, if certain conditions are met.

The Max Weber Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. The Max Weber Foundation is a family-friendly employer who is committed to support a healthy work-life balance.

The employment conditions are in accordance with the employment regulations of the German Embassy in Tokyo.

Individuals interested in this position are invited to send their cover letter and CV in English to director@dijtokyo.org, no later than February 28, 2021.

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February 5, 2021: EU-JP Webinar “Developing a secure IoT Smart City Framework for a better digital future” March 9, 10:00-11:30 CET

Message from M-Sec:

On the 9th of Marchbetween 10am and 11h30am CET-Brussels Time, the M-Sec project will organize a local online event in the scope of the EU Industry Week 2021, in partnership with the European Commission.

The 4th edition of this flagship event of the European Commission will focus on the accelerated twin green and digital transition, and the changing global competitive landscape in the post-covid context. Against this background, the M-Sec will organize an event entitled “Developing a secure IoT Smart City Framework for a better digital future”, dedicated to discuss the challenges related with security and privacy in smart cities and how the M-Sec framework can help overcome them, and thus support the shaping of Europe’s digital future.

For more information, read our blogpost.
Register here for the Webinar
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