【Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance】Short Webinar on Risk Management against Storm & Flood Disasters(September 1 - September 30)

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. is providing short-seminar tutorials in English on risk management to ICCJ member companies free of charge.

=A special website has been set up to distribute the video (on-demand method), 20mins short seminar=

Contents: Doing Business in Disaster-Prone Japan (Wind and flood disasters Edition)―Employee Safety and Business Continuity―
In recent years, Japan has seen an increase in damage caused by typhoons, torrential rains and other wind and flood disasters.
In addition, the annual frequency of localized heavy rainfall has increased by 1.7 times.
In order to protect the lives of employees and restore business operations quickly, it is important to take measures in advance.
This session will explain how to use hazard maps, safety measures for employees, and information gathering websites for foreigners.

(2) Schedule: September 1(Wed) ー September 30(Thurs), 2021

(3) Language: English (with Japanese subtitles)

(4) How to watch: Please access the special site by using the following URL.

URL: https://reg18.smp.ne.jp/regist/is?SMPFORM=phne-lesesg-5661bccda015b93da649953e3818fe48


Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. Tochigi, Ohtawara Branch office
Contact: Obase yasuyuki.obase@aioinissaydowa.co.jp


Bear Luxe Japan, a group of 70 member Japanese luxury hotels, ryokans, villas and condominiums is pleased to introduce a URBAN RETREAT PLAN specially curated for members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce by 3 member luxury Japanese hotels in Tokyo - The Capitol Hotel Tokyu & Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and Hotel New Otani Executive House ZEN.

During summer vacation, Bear Luxe Japan has curated the best ways to cure, or at least, semi-indulge your wanderlust when you really can’t travel. Get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself at Japanese luxury boutique hotels that have created an exceptional summer stay for you. Do not miss this limited special plan!!

 ■The Capitol Hotel Tokyu■

An elegant cocoon of Japanese comfort, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu seems to be a world away from the busy streets of Akasaka surrounding the property. A Japanese luxury hotel of tranquility and luxurious elegance.

Explore all four dining outlets, Cocktail & Cigar Bar and Pastry Boutique to indulge in a souvenir or gift to take home.

Summer Vacation Offer with 24 Hour Stay + Access to High Rise Pool with City Views

You can book the package for stays until 30 September with rates starting at ¥53,394 per night.

AMENITIES : Complimentary American Breakfast for two, 10,000 JPY Food and Beverage Credit,

Access to the Swimming Pool and Free Parking.


■Hotel Gajoen Tokyo■

In 1928, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo known as the ‘Palace of the Dragon God’ was a popular hotspot for luxury society weddings and social events. Today, the original retreat has been carefully transformed.

Explore the historic artwork within the hotel along with the infamous Hyakudankaidan — 100 steps.

Summer Vacation Offer with In-room Jacuzzi & Sauna + 90 minutes Private Art Tour

You can book the package for stays until 30 September with rates starting at ¥54,000 per night.

AMENITIES : Complimentary American Breakfast for two, 10,000 JPY Food and Beverage Credit, 90 minutes Private Hotel Art Tour and Free Parking.



■Hotel New Otani Executive House ZEN■

Treat yourself with  a Wellness Summer Getaway! A sanctuary in the center of Tokyo, just moments away from Roppongi, Shinjuku and Ginza.

Experience the ultimate in deluxe serenity with an outdoor garden pool, 10 acres of Japanese garden and 36 restaurants including six bars. Everything you need and more, during your stay, is around you in the center of Tokyo!


Summer Vacation Offer with Complimentary Access to the Garden Pool and Executive Lounge

You can book the package for stays until 5 September.

AMENITIES  : Complimentary American Breakfast for two, 10,000 JPY Food and Beverage Credit,

Access to the Garden Pool and Free Parking.


Private BBQ @ Terrace Suite of TRUNK(HOTEL)

Why don’t you spend your time dining or doing a home party at TRUNK(HOTEL). You may enjoy BBQ on the open terrace and also enjoy your dinner in a private space without worrying about time. We would like to offer a special price only during this state of emergency.

You may enjoy this BBQ plan in a maisonette type TERRACE SUITE ROOM with open stairs. We are sure you will enjoy a pleasant cooking and tasting moment, with the support of our dedicated concierge. Please enjoy your luxurious time by feeling the winds at the terrace area, doing a glamping mood BBQ.

【BBQ outline】


Mixed Nuts

3 assorted marinated olives

San daniel proscuitto & salsa plate

Sherry vinegar & balsamico dressed green salad

Potato salad with edo miso braized beef

Acqua pazza of sea bream & mussels

Mini beef cheese burger

Assortment of 3 kinds of meat (chicken legs, pork shoulder and beef sirloin)

Assortment of 3 kinds of vegetables

Seasonal fruits


■Price (Include Room Charge) : 246,400 JPY (Including tax and service charge) / Max of 5 people.

*For 6 people or more, we will charge 6,000 JPY per person.

■Reservation deadline: 3 days before the reservation day, 20:00.

■Available time: 17:00 - 23:30 ( 22:30 L.O)

CLICK HERE TO BOOK BBQ PLAN in Terrace Suite: TRUNK(HOTEL) デイユース ご予約フォーム (trunk-hotel.com)

You may enjoy your foods at DINING SUITE, LIVING SUITE, BALCONY JUNIOR SUITE by ordering to TRUNK(KITCHEN) and TRUNK(KUSHI), and also cocktails from TRUNK(LOUNGE) prepared by the bartender. Dining with your friends, family, or as a special occasion. It makes your day more special.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TRUNK(HOTEL) SUITE: TRUNK(HOTEL) デイユース ご予約フォーム (trunk-hotel.com)

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. 10 year anniversary project “Diplomat Chiune Sugihara Visa for Life” Sequel


As part of our efforts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of our founding,
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., LTD. distributed a video about "Chiune Sugihara", the “world’s proud humanitarian”
who saved 6,000 Jewish refugees through “Visa for Life” for six weeks from December 6 last year.
Thanks to your support, we received over 33,000 hits. Thank you very much for your support.
In response to the large interests of public, we have decided to start a sequel and continue introducing
the great contribution of Mr. Sugihara.
We hope you will take a look.

We have set up a special website to distribute the video (on-demand method) and articles.
(1) Contents
1) Introduction of Chiune Sugihara's great achievement (video)
2) Introduction of each region related to Chiune Sugihara (articles)
The first article will be about Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, and the second will be about Yaotsu Town, Gifu

(2) Schedule
From May 7, 2021 (Fri.) to September 30, 2021 (Thu.)

(3) Languages
In addition to Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), and Korean will be available.

<How to watch>
Please access the special site via the following URL.


「Yoshimasa HOSHIBA X DAVIDE」IGTV Live Vol.1

From: 04/06/2021 6:00 PM
to: 04/06/2021 7:00 PM
Venue: @yoshimasa_hoshiba

The 1st IG live between 'FORZA STYLE' Chief Editor Yoshimasa Hoshiba and ICCJ Secretary-General Davide Fantoni will be held on June 4th from 6:00 pm. Mr. Hoshiba will ask Davide about some of the most discussed topics about Italy. Don't miss it!

Date: June 4thth, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Format: Instagram Live
Account: @yoshimasa_hoshiba

Profile: Yoshimasa Hoshiba
Style Clinic CEO, 'FORZA STYLE' Chief Editor, brand creative director.
His collaborations span across the fashion industry through magazines, talkshow, events, and radio appearances.

Reset and Recharge in Luxury Villa Resort in Niseko


STAY 4 PAY 3 SUMMER VACATION OFFER by H2 Life Resorts, a leading luxury villa resort in Niseko – Bear Luxe Japan, a group of 70 member Japanese luxury hotels, ryokans, villas and condominium is pleased to introduce a STAY 4 PAY 3 SUMMER VACATION OFFER by H2 Life Resorts specially curated for members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce by a member resort in Niseko, Hokkaido. With Summer Vacation approaching, Bear Luxe Japan has curated the best offers to indulge your wanderlust in Niseko. Get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself at Japan’s premium summer resort.

Luxury Collection

For those guests who enjoy the finer things in life, we present our Luxury Collection. A choice of exceptional properties with a range of included extras to make your stay one to remember. At H2 Life we pride ourselves on delivering an unforgettable stay. Your travel experience is one of luxury, supported by a dedicated team of chalet managers who graciously and discretely aim to pamper and please.

Signature Collection

For 18 years we have been providing sensational experiences to happy holiday makers from every corner of the globe. We call upon all of this experience in delivering to you our Signature Range – a collection of Niseko’s most celebrated chalets, villas and apartments. Stay in accommodation carefully managed to the highest standards, giving a true dreamy home away from home experience.

Abundant Activities

Hokkaido is home to some of Japan’s most picturesque greens; 3 of these courses are found in Niseko. Against the stunning backdrop of Mt. Yotei, Niseko is a true golfer’s paradise.

Enjoy a day exploring the wonders of Niseko. Visit the serene Lake Toya or feast on world famous seafood in the port side town of Otaru. Our team can curate the perfect day for you.

Stroll among the spring flowers then taste Niseko’s local sake in the town of Kutchan. If you are feeling adventurous rent a bike and ride around the stunning Mt. Yotei.

A Focus On Food

HakuSteak celebrates the seasons of Hokkaido with a menu inspired by its rich tapestry of culture and environment. Chef Luiz’s delicious menus promise to delight the senses

A modern dining lounge which offers tapas-style cuisine and main dishes from their charcoal oven, paired with a carefully selected range of wines and cocktails.

A new Niseko sushi staple, Sushi Kato brings 55 years of Hokkaido seafood experience to his modern Hirafu restaurant. Grab a bar seat to watch the chef in action.

All of this available and more. Let our H2 Life curation team plan the perfect itinerary for your stay. Book your Niseko Golden Week getaway today.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK / +81 (0)136 21 5138 / book@h2life.com



Bear Luxe Japan, a group of 70 member Japanese luxury hotels, ryokans, villas and condominiums is pleased to introduce a URBAN RETREAT PLAN specially curated for members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce by 2 member luxury Japanese hotels in Tokyo - The Capitol Hotel Tokyu & Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. Being stuck at home when you’re dreaming of visiting the next place on your bucket list or returning to Italy to visit loved ones can feel pretty grim when you’re used to circling the globe. With Golden Week approaching, Bear Luxe Japan has curated the best ways to cure, or at least, semi-indulge your wanderlust when you really can’t travel. Get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself at Japanese luxury boutique hotels that have created a special wellness day package for you.

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

A Japanese luxury hotel of tranquillity and luxurious elegance. An elegant touch of a Japanese Modernism can be felt in all of its space and ambience.


-Ultimate 10 hrs of Luxury Hotel Relaxation: Luxurious day stay in a 45 sqm Deluxe King Room located between 18F – 26F with a spectacular city views of Tokyo & beyond. (Check-in: 11:00 Check-out: 21:00)

-The Capitol Fitness Club / Swimming Pool Access:  Complimentary access to The Capitol Fitness Club with 20-meter swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym and terrace (open between 6:30 am- 8:00 pm)

-Signature Lunch with Drinks (in-room):  ORIGAMI’s classic hamburger w/ a glass of beer or soft drinks for 2 via in-room dining

¥42,000(tax & service fee included)
Limited Time Price for 2 persons in 1 room, above offers included

OFFERS VALID between 10th May - 16th July. 2021

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

A fairy tale retreat that mixes 1930s glamour with contemporary cool in Meguro. Inside, past and present, classic and contemporary meet in perfect balance.


-Ultimate 11 hours of Hotel Relaxation with an in-room jacuzzi & sauna:  Luxurious accommodation in 80㎡ Executive or Japanese Suite with an upgraded amenity of onsen bath salt and Gajoen Tokyo’s Original aroma oil           (Check-in: 10:00 Check-out: 21:00)

-Signature Lunch with Drinks (in-room):  Choice of Gajoen Tokyo’s signature Chinese, Japanese or western lunch course in roomservice for 2 w/ a bottle of sparkling wine

-Private Art Tour of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo & Hyakudan Kaidan Admission:  90 mins privately guided tour of timeless art pieces located within Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Admission to Hyakudan Kaidan - The Hundred Stairs, a Tangible Cultural Asset of Tokyo

¥35,000(tax & service fee included)
Limited Time Price for 2 persons in 1 room, above offers included

CLICK TO BOOK NOW / CONTACT 03- 5434 -3837
OFFERS VALID between 10th May - 16th July. 2021

Hire: Tokyo Global Corporate - Relationship Manager

Location: Tokyo, JP

Company: Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Intesa Sanpaolo is the banking group leader in Italy. Assisting more than 14,6 million of retail customers through a network of 5360 branches, it significantly supports the development of Companies and gives an important sustain to the country's growth. The Group has a selected retail banking presence in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, with approximately 1,000 branches and 7.2 million customers in 12 countries. Intesa Sanpaolo is also present in 25 countries in support of its corporate customers’ cross-border business. It is looking for new qualified profiles who want to face demanding and challenging career path with the following requirements:

Scope and Purpose

- Promote the offer of commercial banking products and services to all clients in his/her portfolio
- Ensure profitability, commercial, and risk objectives are achieved for his/her portfolio of clients
- Originate, Develop and Manage client relations, promoting the cross-selling of the bank's products in coordination with product desks
- Coordinate with other commercial structures of the Bank the definition and execution of the commercial strategy on the customer portfolio

Required Experience

Minimum 5 years experience in Corporate banking

Required Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

- University degree and/or post-graduate degree in Finance/Economics or equivalent
- Fluent in Japanese and English, Italian knowledge would benefit 
- Access to a proprietary network of Japanese International Corporate's clients (senior and top management)
- Working knowledge in the Bank's products and services.
- Understanding of credit risk analysis.
- Understanding of AML and Compliance rules and requirements 
- Understanding of Markets Dynamics and Clients needs
- Computer literacy
- Customers and details oriented
- Proactive, flexible & adaptable
- Organized and able to meet deadlines
- Good communication

Everyone is an asset for our Group and that person could be you! Check out our job opportunities, apply and join our team!


~ How to utilize the EPA ~ Practical business webinar with a Q & A format

Two years have passed since the Japan-EU EPA came into effect in February 2019. On February 1, 2021, the number of food and drink products protected by geographical indications (GIs) – a distinctive sign used to identify a product whose quality, reputation or other such characteristics relate to its geographical origin – was expanded, and a part of the procedures for exporting vehicles was simplified.

Japan and the EU have updated some aspects of the EPA and its procedures to make it easier for companies to use it.

On the other hand, for the past two years, some Japanese companies have faced practical challenges, such as certificates of origin (self-certification) not always being recognised by the national customs service in the EU, even though they were using the EPA scheme when exporting to the EU.

To solve those issues, focusing on exports from Japan to the EU, Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office (TKAO), which has an EPA consultation desk commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on the Japanese side and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and the Customs Union (DG TAXUD) which is the authority managing, defending and developing the EU’s customs strategy, customs procedures and customs controls, will explain how to make good use of the EPA scheme in a Q & A format based on the experience of, and examples from, the past two years.

  1. Date and time

Thursday, March 4, 2021 17:00-18:45 Japan time (09:00-10:45 in Belgium)

  1. Languages

Japanese & English (simultaneous interpretation)

  1. Program
  • Presentation 17: 00-17: 40

Mr. Makoto Goto, EPA consultation desk counselor

Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office (EPA consultation desk commissioned by METI)

  • Presentation 17: 40-18: 20

   Mr. Albert Hendriks, Team Leader - Preferential origin - Coordination and negotiation

DG TAXUD, European Commission

  • Q & A session 18: 20-18: 45
  1. Participation fee


  1. Registration

This webinar will be conducted through Zoom. Please book your place via this Zoom link: ZOOM

  • Please ensure that you have downloaded the Zoom app to your PC / tablet / smartphone before viewing this webinar as you will not be able to listen to the interpretation if you connect through your browser.
  1. Asking questions and access to event material.

1) You can either submit your questions in advance, when registering for the event, or during the event, using the chat function in your smartphone or PC Zoom app. Please note that for various reasons (e.g., lack of time) we may not be able to get answers to every question.

2) Please apply for the lecture materials when you fill out the evaluation questionnaire after the event.

  1. Organizer:

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (Head Office in Japan and Office in Europe)

  1. Inquiries

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation / Mr. Sasaki

Email: ko.sasaki@eu-japan.or.jp

Overview of dismissal procedure in Italy

The economical crisis brought by Covid-19 is putting big attention on the topic of employee dismissal.
Generally speaking, foreign investors consider that the Italian regulation is not favorable to the company’s side when it’s time to deal with the dismissal of employees.
However, the situation has changed positively from 2012 with the first important reform (so-called Riforma Fornero) and it is further improved in 2014 with the entrance in force of the so-called Job Act.
With this article, we would like to give an overview of the main aspects related to the dismissal cases due to justified objective reasons (not related to employee behavior), such as possible consequences after the Covid-19 crisis.

1. Overview

The Italian Law grants the possibility to the companies to dismiss employees for justified objective reason (giustificato motivo oggettivo in Italian, so called g.mo.), both for individual and for collective cases.
First of all let's see what is the meaning of justified objective reason: the legal basis is contained in article 3 of Law 604 of 1966 and it states that dismissal can occur for reasons inherent to the business activity, work organization, and its regular functioning.

The most important cases of justified objective reason are:

A) Crisis of the company due to economic situation The company must be able to demonstrate the actual existence of the crisis. For example, a reduction of the income and a reduction of the purchase orders, if it can be demonstrated through documents, are suitable reasons for “g.m.o” dismissing. The consequence of the crisis must be the need for the company to cancel the position that the worker has.

B) The termination of the activity (company closure)
This hypothesis is considered one of the situations in which the dismissal for justified objective reason is legitimate and it has always been confirmed by the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione, the highest judicial body in Italy).
In case of company closure, the employer has in fact no choice but to dismiss all workers.

C) Loss of the tasks to which the worker is assigned
The dismissal due to an organizational rearrangement that involves a redistribution of the employee's tasks is considered legitimate. The employer can dismiss for a reorganization that increases the efficiency and productivity of the company, even if the company is not in crisis, as long as the redistribution of the tasks is the cause of the dismissal.

Important: duty to consider the so-called “repêchage” (this is a French word that we use in Italian labor law).
This term refers to the obligation of the employer to check, before dismissing, whether the worker can be used to perform different tasks at the same level or even at a lower level of his actual tasks. It is essential to make this analysis.
In fact, in the event of a lawsuit, the judge always checks whether the employer has made this attempt.
If the employer can prove that the worker could not be used in a different position, the dismissal will be legitimate.
So, repêchage is a fundamental element to see if the dismissal is fully legitimate or not.

In conclusion, we can generally summarize that dismissal for a justified objective reason, to be fully legitimate, must fall within the cases A, B, C listed above, and pass the verification of the repêchage duty.

2. General procedure

We have to examine two cases: (1) Individual dismissal
(2) Collective dismissal

(1) Individual dismissal
It occurs in all the cases where the collective procedure does not apply, therefore when less than 5 workers are dismissed within 120 days.
How the dismissal is communicated to the employee?

- Company must send to the local labor authority of the place where the employee works a communication containing the intention to proceed with the dismissal and its reasons. Then, a meeting with the company and the employee will be done to try to find an agreement on the dismissal.

- The procedure can be concluded with an agreement between the parties that avoid the termination of the employment relationship or which provides for a consensual termination.

- If an agreement is not reached, the employer can then proceed with the written communication of the dismissal.

(2) Collective dismissal
It occurs when the company that has more than 15 employees intends to dismiss 5 or more workers within 120 days, as a consequence of reduction or transformation of the activity or when it intends to close the activity.
The number of five employees to be dismissed can be the first intention of the company, then it can dismiss fewer people but it must follow in any case the collective procedure.
The collective procedure involves the participation of the union. The union will see if the reasons provided by the company are legally valid.
This procedure is more complicated than individual dismissal but it could be the best option if a company wants strongly to reduce the number of employees or even close the activity.
In this way, the company faces a unique procedure to dismiss a high number of employees at the same time.
It is very important to check the following requirements to decide the employees to dismiss:
- Family situation: easier to dismiss a person without a family than who has family
- Seniority: easier to dismiss a younger worker
- Business needs: it is important to pay attention to these criteria. The company must be able to demonstrate that a certain position is no longer useful due to the crisis and subsequent reorganization.

These criteria must apply to all workers in the company. Not just those from a specific department.

Dismissal is a delicate theme and each case has specific procedures according to the dismissal nature. Thus, in case the company has to face this issue we highly recommend consulting suitable professionals to make appropriate steps.