Call for expert report proposals: January 2022


The EU-Japan Centre is currently calling for expert report proposals for its "About Japan" information website (

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, 31 January 2022. logo

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

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 from external experts. With this new call, the EU-Japan Centre is preparing for the next reports to be released.

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 (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, proposals should be sent by email to Ms. Pauline Laloux (p.laloux(at)eu-japan.euat the latest on Monday, 31 January 2022.


Desirable Topics

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

SECTORS Beer market
  Honey market
  Toys & baby goods (excl. clothing) market
  Chemicals market (incl. regulations)
  Railways market
  Sport equipment market
  Pet products market
  Fintech market
  Soft drinks, tea and coffee market
  Music & music instrument market
  Homeware, furniture, home fashion & interior design market
OPERATIONAL Payment options and financial challenges when exporting goods to Japan
  How to build an attractive website to sell in Japan (B2C)
  How to draft a distribution / agent contract with Japanese partners
  Transport & Logistics challenges when targeting the Japanese market


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).

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 2020) duly updated in 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
  • Scope of Coverage
  • 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.)
    • Distribution Channels
    • Importers & Related Organisations, Important trade fairs or other events
  • Regulations for export to and sale in Japan & Authorities responsible
  • Labelling and packaging & Authorities responsible (if relevant)
  • Tax matters: Tariffs and Taxes (if relevant)
  • Opportunities & Recommendations for EU SMEs 
    • Key Success Factors
    • Main Challenges
    • Opportunities
    • Recommendations
  • Appendix A: Complete Bibliography
  • Appendix B: Literature & Web links



The expert will have to present his/her work during a one-hour live and recorded webinar (including a Q&A session) to be scheduled in late 2022 / early 2023. Applicants should bear this in mind when submitting their 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 (JUNE - AUGUST 2022)*

* Exact 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.



Your proposal should be sent by email to Ms. Pauline Laloux (p.laloux(at) at the latest on Monday, 31 January 2022.


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 practical and concrete elements (i.e. case studies, interviews, etc.) may be favourably considered by the selection committee.

The results of the selection process will be announced by February 2022. More technical specifications will be sent to successful candidate authors.


Key Dates

  1. Deadline for proposals: Monday, 31 January 2022
  2. Selection results release: February 2022
  3. Interim report delivery period: April – June 2022*
  4. Final report delivery period: June - August 2022*
  5. Webinar:  November 2022 - February 2023*

* Exact dates will be fixed after selection.



For further information, feel free to contact Ms. Pauline Laloux (p.laloux(at)

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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