EU-Japan Centre - Cluster Missions

Cluster missions organised by the EU-Japan Centre aim to support cluster organisations and their SME members in their efforts to access global value chains and develop strategic worldwide partnerships and business cooperation.

The EU-Japan Centre covers all costs directly related to the mission such as lectures and seminars, group study trips, including travel outside Tokyo, trade fair registration, booth rental and printing service, interpretation during B2B meetings and simultaneous interpretation during individual presentation at the fair etc.

Participants' companies must cover travel costs to/from Japan, accommodation and any other costs not covered directly by the EU-Japan Centre (eg living expenses).

A grant of €600 is available for SMEs and clusters (registered in the European Cluster Cooperation Platform) and participation is free. However, a refundable deposit of €1,000 is required to guarantee the place on the mission. The deposit is refunded within eight weeks after the mission, minus any unpaid bills.

Participants must attend the entire mission. Absences during the mission may lead to deducations amounting to between €150 and €200 per day.

Other companies must pay a contribution of €1,000 towards the costs incurred by the EU-Japan Centre in relation to the company's participation.