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Japan Business Council in Europe

Identification number in the register: 68368571120-55
Registration date: 11/02/2009 11:10:11

The information on this entity was last modified on: 19/11/2015 12:10:00
The date of the last annual update was: 19/11/2015 12:10:00
Next update due latest on: 19/11/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Japan Business Council in Europe


International non-profit organization

    Section of registration

II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations

Companies & groups

    Contact details

Rue de la Loi, 82
Brussels 1040


    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Kitayoshi Tsumita

Secretary General

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Kitayoshi Tsumita

Secretary General

    Goals / remit

Created in 1999, the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) is a leading European organisation representing the interests of more than 70 multinational companies of Japanese parentage active in Europe.

Our members operate across a wide range of sectors, including information and communication technology, electronics, chemicals, automotive, machinery, wholesale trade, precision instruments, pharmaceutical, railway, textiles and glass products. Together, our member companies represented in 2012 global sales of 1.2 trillion euros.

Building a new era of cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Japan is the core of our activities, which we perform under several committees focusing on: Trade Policy, Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Standards and Conformity, Corporate Policy, Public Affairs, Planning, Consumer Policy, and Information Society.

In our annual report, we propose policy recommendations to the EU and Japan. We also work as a key member of the EU-Japan Business Round Table, a forum created to facilitate open discussions between business leaders of the two regions.

1. We promote open trade and investment
2. We encourage a common regulatory framework
3. We foster responsible business conduct

We seek to:

> Build a bridge between the EU and Japan, and enhance Europe’s understanding of Japanese companies and their contribution to the European economy

> Contribute to the EU public policy by sharing our members’ expertise with decision-makers across sectors

> Promote a favourable and predictable environment in which European and Japanese companies of all sectors can compete for sustainable growth in Europe

1. We promote open trade and investment
2. We encourage a common regulatory framework
3. We foster responsible business conduct


    Specific activities covered by the Register

1. We promote open trade and investment

We promote open markets for trade and investment. We place the free flow of goods and services, and the creation of a favourable environment for investment between the EU and Japan at the top of our agenda.

We support the deepening of EU-Japan trade relations through an ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and fair market access that will contribute substantially to industrial growth and job creation.

Beyond bilateral agreements, we foster cooperation between the EU and Japan to realise new multilateral agreements in the World Trade Organisation in order to bring economic advantages to all parties.

Securing the optimisation of returns on investment to the benefit of both economies is another key area of our commitment.

We support the timely development of business and strive to remove the administrative hurdles that our member companies face when integrating their European activities, for example when dispatching executives or transferring personal data between the two regions.

2. We encourage a common regulatory framework

Businesses, wherever they are based, need a clear legal and regulatory framework to effectively operate and grow. Instead of a fragmented situation, they need international standards to be able to compete on a level playing field and to contribute to economic growth.

Mutual engagement from the EU and Japan for better regulatory cooperation is crucial to foster sustainable competitiveness and smart innovation in both economies.

We promote the implementation of common regulatory frameworks and international standards in a number of sectors in order to enable Japanese and European companies to operate in a predictable and harmonised regulatory environment.

Our member companies have a long history of pursuing sustainability and are strongly committed to environmental legislation. This is why we stand for increased international cooperation and harmonisation of environmental regulations and standards in key policy areas such as energy efficiency, environmental footprint, and chemical substance management.

3. We foster responsible business conduct

The strength of the European economy is built on a set of values that will lead to a sustainable economic system.
Aspired to these values, our member companies embrace corporate social responsibility as a pivotal contributor to the EU’s objectives of sustainable development and highly competitive social market economy.
We believe that fostering responsible business should be at the heart of the EU-Japan economic and political partnership.
Business responsibility and integrity should go beyond administrative functions, enhanced disclosure and improved reporting. It should be firmly embedded in companies’ mission, organisation and governance.

•Harmonisation of regulations on environment and energy efficiency including labelling rules
•Benefits of AEOs
•Fight against counterfeiting, piracy and contraband goods
•ITA expansion
•Public procurement
•Railway safety certification requirements
•Social security contributions
•Liberalisation of the movement of intra-corporate transferees in the framework of an EPA/FTA
•Personal Data Protection Regime
•Optimisation of the returns on investment
•The BEPS Action Plan
•Avoidance of double taxation
•Transfer pricing
•Mutual participation exemption Europe 2020 and the Single Market Act
•Revision of high customs tariffs on audiovisual products and passenger cars
•Chemical Regulations
•Endocrine disruptor
•CLP Regulation
•Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base
•Merger Directive
•The fundamental reforms of VAT regime under consideration
•Company Law / Corporate Social Responsibility
•Conflict minerals
•Country by country reporting (CBCR)
•Non-financial disclosure
•European Private Company
•Product safety and market surveillance
•Consumer protection
•Environmental footprint
•Competition Policy
•The deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure
•Trade Defence Instruments







JBCE organize following committees;

-Trade Policy
-Information Society
-Consumer Policy
-Corporate Policy

-Information Society Data Protection Working Group

Environment Committee sub groups;
-RoHS Recast IG
-WEEE Recast IG
-Category 8&9 IG
-Resource Efficiency IG
-Nano Material IG
- Eco-design/Energy-label
- Aircon WG

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 4   75%: 1   50%: 1   25%: 2



    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Kitayoshi TSUMITA 01/12/2015 27/11/2016

    Fields of interest

  • Competition
  • Customs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Research and Technology
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Transport

    Membership and affiliation

    Financial data

04/2014  -  03/2015

400,000 € - 499,999 €

No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code: