Call for expert report proposals: September 2021

The EU-Japan Centre is currently calling for expert report proposals for its "About Japan" information website (www.eubusinessinjapan.eu). The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 1st October 2021

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The EU-Japan Centre launched in 2013 a reference website for all EU companies wishing to do business with Japan: “EU BUSINESS IN JAPAN” (www.eubusinessinjapan.eu).

The objective of this website is to provide practical information for EU businesses in need of clear guidelines on trade and investment opportunities in Japan, including practical information on Japanese business sectors (market surveys, etc.) and advice on overcoming various barriers to the Japanese market (i.e. corporate taxation, IPR, etc.)

In order to provide reliable and up-to-date information on as many different relevant sectors and issues as possible, the EU-Japan Centre is heavily reliant on reports and articles from external experts. 

With this new call, the EU-Japan Centre is preparing for the reports and online trainings to be released in 2022. These reports should follow a structure that looks similar to the example below.

As a not-for-profit body, the EU-Japan Centre is only able to offer a nominal payment to contributing authors. However, each Author will receive an online acknowledgment (his/her name, company name and field of expertise published on the website). Should the visitors of the « EU BUSINESS IN JAPAN » portal be satisfied with the quality of the information made available on the website for a specific subject, and should they need further support, they will be invited to contact the author of the publication for further (chargeable) services.

If you don’t want to miss this unique occasion to appear on the reference portal for all EU business activities in Japan, proposal should be sent by email to Pauline Laloux (click here) at the latest on Friday, 1st October 2021.

Desirable Topics

The EU-Japan Centre is currently interested in receiving reports covering the following topics:

Topics to be covered

Cleantech

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Agriculture & Food

  • One report by Cleantech sector
  • Mapping of existing technologies in Japan
  • Opportunities for EU SMEs operating in the targeted Cleantech sector

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Transportation & Logistics

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Materials & Chemicals

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Power & Energy

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Recycling & Waste

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Construction

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Resources & Air and Environment

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Industry & Manufacture

Clean Technology mapping in Japan and Opportunities for EU Companies
Water & Wastewater

Operational Issues

Transport & Logistics challenges
when targeting the Japanese market

  • Transport methods to Japan (air, freight…)
  • Documentation and Certifications
  • Ex Works / Free on Board/ Delivered Duty Paid options
  • Advanced Filing Rules
  • NACCS
  • Finding IoR partners
  • ...

Payment methods & Banking challenges
when targeting the Japanese market

  • Opening an account
  • Transfer issues
  • Fees
  • ...

Marketing challenges
when targeting the Japanese market

  • Planning a PR strategy by itself/with a Japanese partner
  • Identifying targets
  • Building an attractive website targeting Japanese customers
  • ...

Contracts with distributors and sales agents in Japan

How to draft a distribution / agent contract with Japanese partners :

  • Points to keep in mind
  • Examples
  • ...

ICT

Digital apps market in Japan

Challenges and opportunities for EU SMEs in the Japanese digital app and mobile gaming market

Providing ICT services to the Japan market

  • From abroad (invoicing, taxes issues…)
  • Locally
  • Quality services expected
  • ...

IoT market in Japan

  • Market structure
  • Opportunities for EU companies
  • Regulations
  • ...

Healthcare & Medical

Pharmaceuticals market in Japan

  • Market structure
  • Opportunities for EU companies
  • Regulations
  • ...

Cosmetics & Quasi drugs market in Japan

Medical device (excluding e-health) market in Japan

 

In addition, experts are invited to submit any ideas or suggestions of Japan-related topics in their domain of expertise and of interest for EU industry (especially EU SMEs).

These reports should contain the most up-to-date information currently available. The EU-Japan Centre will accept unpublished papers as well as recent reports (published no further back than 2019) duly updated in 2021-2022. Submissions must already have been proofread in English.

Report Structure

The final draft of the approved report should consist of a minimum of 10.000 words, however for some high-tech topics as well as the export flowcharts a different word count may be appropriate.
  
With regards to the report structure, the following structure can serve as an example:

  • Executive Summary / Abstract
  • Description, Scope of Coverage
  • Regulation for export to and sale in Japan
    • Authorities responsible
  • Labelling Packaging (if relevant)
    • Authorities responsible
  • Tax matters: Tariffs & Taxes
  • Market Analysis (per product/service covered in this sector)
    • Product/service/technology  description covered by this analysis (in the case of more product/service/technology covered in this sector)
    • Market Size, Trends, Profitability
    • Main Players (Competitors, Suppliers, Producers, Customers etc.)
    • Key Success Factors, Main Challenges, Opportunities
    • Distribution Channels
    • Importers & Related Organisations, Important trade fairs or other events
  • Overview of the opportunities for EU SMEs and Recommendations 
  • Appendix A: Complete Bibliography
  • Appendix B: Literature & Web links

Presentations

The expert will have to present his/her work during a one-hour webinar (including a Q&A session) to be scheduled in 2022. Applicants should bear this in mind when submitting their proposals.

Proposals

Your proposal should be written in English and include the following elements:

  • The expert:
    • Full contact details of each expert involved in the proposal
    • CV(s)
    • Proof of expertise
    • Proof of experience
    • List of publications by the Author(s)
  • The work / deliverables:
    • Table of Content
    • Methodology to be used
    • Expected number of words
  • The Fee
    • The amount of nominal payment expected to be paid at the final delivery.
  • The Delivery
    • Planned date for the interim delivery
    • Planned date for the final delivery (FEBRUARY - MARCH 2022)*

* Exact date and webinar date will be fixed after selection

Depending on your range of expertise, offers can be submitted for several reports.

These reports are intended for open access online publication, and they will be made public.

Submission

Your proposal should be sent by email to Pauline Laloux (click here) at the latest on Friday, 1st October 2021.

Selection results

Selection criteria will include the background of the Author(s), the quality of the contents and the price of the report. In addition, proposals for reports which could contain interactive elements (i.e. embedded videos, etc.) may be favourably considered by the selection committee.

The results of the selection process will be announced by late October 2021. More technical specifications will be sent to successful candidate authors.

Key Dates

1. Deadline for proposals: Friday, 1st October 2021
2. Selection results release: Late October
3. Interim report delivery period: DECEMBER 2021 - JANUARY 2022*
4. Final report delivery period: FEBRUARY - MARCH 2022*
5. Webinars after final report delivery: FEBRUARY - JUNE 2022*

* Exact dates will be fixed after selection

Contact

For further information, feel free to contact Pauline Laloux (click here).

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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