From 2020-06-19 17:00 to 2020-06-19 18:30
Venue: ZOOM Online Webinar

This year, COVID-19 has radically affected freedom of circulation. With the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, several countries have been revising their entry policies.
Japan currently has a ban on the entry of non-Japanese nationals who have visited, for instance, Europe within 14 days prior to entering Japan. While the EU has similar restrictions, it exempts legal residents of Europe, independent of nationality, meaning that Japanese nationals residing in the EU can enter.
Not being able to re-enter Japan puts great strain on foreigners working in Japan and companies, as some of their employees cannot leave Japan and come back, except in special circumstances. On May 15, the European Business Council in Japan (EBC) issued a statement on the limitations for non-Japanese nationals to re-enter Japan as it believes there is no rational and scientific reason for treating residents differently based on nationality.
In this EBC Briefing (webinar), we will get an overview of the current situation. We will also hear from the European private sector pointing out damages to businesses and to the Japanese economy.
N.B.: This meeting will be held under the Chatham House rule.

1. Overview of the current situation on the re-entry ban in Japan for non-Japanese nationals

Mr Francesco Fini, Minister-Deputy Head of the EU Delegation

Mr Ulrich Kirchhoff, Attorney-at-Law, Partner of ARQIS Foreign Law Office
2. Impact on foreign businesses in Japan and for the Japanese economy

Mr Donald Bunckenburg, Senior Director for Japan and Korea, Lufthansa Group

Mr Claus Eilersen, Advisor and Executive Consultant for several companies in the Healthcare sector – pharma, biotech, medical devices
3. Q & A

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Webinar tool: ZOOM (The access link will be sent before the event on June 19)