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Our Management

Word From The President

 

On behalf of the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE) I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. Due to COVID, 2021 was not easy for all of us and we will be challenged by still ongoing pandemic though, I wish you and your family a healthy and successful year in 2022.

 


 

Despite the difficult times, JBCE has not stopped moving forward and been contributing to building a dynamic and prosperous European economy for over 20 years. In 2021 JBCE continued to foster greater, environmental, digital, and commercial cooperation between Japanese companies and our like-minded partners in Europe, despite the shared adversities facing the globe, with EU-Japan cooperation serving as a source of stability in trying times.


Throughout 2021, green policies have remained on the top of the European Union’s (EU) legislative agenda, with the bloc increasingly taking the front seat when it comes to sustainable finance and corporate governance. This year has seen many milestones in this respect, from the adoption of the Climate Delegated Act of the EU Taxonomy Regulation to the Commission’s proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). JBCE members are fully committed to the green transition and believe that international collaboration facilitates the uptake of new reporting standards and sustainable finance practices. As such, these initiatives should be mainstreamed through a global approach that aligns EU rules with international initiatives. At the same time, this year has also shown that ESG legislation is complicated, with the Commission’s proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance and several provisions on Taxonomy having been delayed until next year as a result. JBCE stands ready for its members to play a role in driving international policy coordination on corporate governance, sustainable finance and reporting initiatives.


Turning to Europe’s digital agenda, JBCE has been proactively and consistently engaging with policymakers and stakeholders on its core priorities, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, and the data economy, in order to ensure that these legislative instruments are fit for purpose. In shaping the European approach on these legislation, JBCE has advocated for balanced regulation that avoids excessive burdens which could hinder competitiveness of the digital sector. In light of the recent push for data localisation across the EU, JBCE has also engaged on data economy dossiers such as the Digital Governance Act and the Data Act, highlighting the need for a level-playing field for the digital sector and the key role international data flows play in this. Building on these initiatives and considering the busy 2022 agenda, JBCE will continue to be a key contributor to discussions on the future of EU digital policies.


When it comes to trade, cooperation with like-minded partners who share common values has becomeeven more essential in our interconnected and global economy. JBCE has remained committed in the last year to work on trade relations and strengthening the bridge between Europe and Japan so that this cooperation continues to deepen and bring benefits to both sides. The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, for example, has continued to help implement a rules-based trading system that brings economic benefit to both regions. JBCE has always and will continue to advocate for an ambitious and transparent EU trade policy that is conducive to open and fair trade. The EU’s leadership this past year has been particularly encouraging, ranging from the recent reforms to the WTO, to the Global Gateway initiative and the Trade and Technology Council. As we look forward, JBCE is eager to work with European partners to build a level playing field based on resilience and sustainability, while also tackling unfair trade practices.


These are all elements that demonstrate the deep links in strategic areas that unite the EU and Japan. Looking forward to 2022, cooperation will be cemented in our common goals, all of which are underpinned by our shared values and alignment on the power of a multilateral, open rules-based system. Our organisation is committed, more than ever, to acting as a bridge between the EU and Japan, and JBCE is excited to see what the year ahead holds in store. I very much look forward to our continued partnership with you together, in the new year and beyond.


Chris Jackson
President of JBCE

Our Management

Board of Directors

President
CHRIS JACKSON
PRESIDENT & CEO NEC EUROPE
Secretary General
TOYOKAZU NAGAMUNE
Treasurer
KATSUMI SUGIYAMA
CANON

Directors

KOJI TAKAGI
BRIDGESTONE
MARCO CANTON
FUJITSU
YUKIKO ARAKI
HITACHI
MARCUS RIEKER
HORIBA
YOSHIYUKI MORISHITA
MITSUI & CO.
TAKESHI HIRAIWA
MITSUI CHEMICALS
JUNICHI SUZUKI
PANASONIC
KEIKO NAGASEREIMER
SHIMADZU
YUKIO SASAKI
TOSHIBA