The CCCJ issues a statement urging Prime Minister Suga to engage with foreign national residents of Japan 在日カナダ商工会議所、菅首相に日本の長期外国人移住者への配慮を求める声明を発表

Tokyo - December 10, 2020 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan along with the European Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan have issued a statement to congratulate Prime Minister Suga on his first few months in office, and to urge him to include the needs of foreign national residents in his policies.

Foreign residents in Japan have been adversely affected by re-entry restrictions, and were usually treated similarly to short-term visitors in recent policies. Restrictions have relaxed somewhat, but it remains difficult to obtain the required medical testing in many countries. Unfortunately, this may start to affect Japan’s potential in attracting foreign talent and international students for Japan’s corporations and universities. 

As Prime Minister Suga forms his policy agenda, the above mentioned chambers of commerce hope that the considerations of Japan’s long-term foreign residents will be taken into consideration. As a group, we respectfully request the Government of Japan to treat foreign residents of Japan in the same manner as Japanese residents, with regards entry requirements and other issues related to Covid-19, as has been the case in other G7 countries. Japan has 2.93 million residents with foreign passports, who are contributing to the economic growth and the social community of Japan, as it is our shared home. 

About the CCCJ

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan is a private sector, not-for-profit business organization founded in 1975 to promote the development of commerce between Canada and Japan. Representing some 35 business sectors, the CCCJ is a member-driven organization and is the longest-serving Canadian Chamber in Asia. With over 400 member representatives, the CCCJ represents a broad cross-section of businesspersons and entrepreneurs from Canada, Japan and other countries. Membership is comprised of Canadian companies and individuals with ties to Japan and Japanese companies and individuals with ties to Canada.

About the European Business Council

The European Business Council (EBC) is the trade policy arm of 15 European National Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations in Japan and has been working to improve the trade and investment environment for European companies in Japan since 1972. The EBC was registered with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2008 as the European (EU) Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The EBC currently works for around 2,500 local European corporate and individual members through fees paid via their respective national chamber of commerce. 

About the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) was established in 1948 by representatives of 40 American companies. Over its 72-year history, the ACCJ has positioned itself as one of the most influential business organizations in Japan. The ACCJ has approximately 3,000 members who together represent over 600 globally minded companies with offices in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. 

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CCCJ は、カナダ、日本、その他の国のビジネスマンや起業家を幅広く代表しており、400 名以上の会員を有しており、日本と関係のあるカナダの企業や個人、カナダと関係のある日本の企業や個人で構成されています。








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