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Latest news about Japan and the European Union. As advanced, industrialised democracies, the EU and Japan have many common interests and values. The scope of the overall relationship has broadened in recent years and now goes far beyond the earlier trade-related focus of the 1970s and 1980s. The EU and Japan are currently working towards new agreements: a Framework Agreement covering not only political dialogue and policy cooperation, but also cooperation on regional and global challenges; and a Free Trade Agreement to stimulate growth on both sides, and with cooperation at all levels up to EU - Japan Summit meetings covering foreign policy, economic and trade relations, and regional and global challenges.

Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope welcome political agreement on EU- Japan trade deal 06 July 2017, 21:48 CET
Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope welcome the announcement made at today´s EU-Japan Summit on the 'in principle' agreement of an EU-Japan trade agreement, saying that an ambitious trade deal will have a significant positive impact on both economies.

EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement in principle 06 July 2017, 18:37 CET
The agreement in principle – shared with the EU’s Member States and the European Parliament, this website sets out what is in the agreement: summary of the agreement, explanatory factsheets, infographics and the published chapters

EU-Japan economic partnership agreement 06 July 2017, 17:36 CET
The EU has been negotiating a trade agreement with Japan. EU firms already export over EUR 58bn in goods and EUR 28bn in services to Japan every year. But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete. The EU is also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Japan in parallel.

EU and Japan reach agreement on historic free trade deal 09 July 2017, 23:52 CET
On the eve of the G20 summit, EU and Japanese leaders announced Thursday a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values.

Automobile industry calls for balanced outcome in EU-Japan FTA 05 July 2017, 22:52 CET
Ahead of a bilateral EU-Japan summit this week to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) calls on negotiators to ensure a balanced outcome for the European automobile sector.

EU-Japan trade deal smacks of corporate protectionism, Greenpeace 05 July 2017, 22:25 CET
According to media reports, the European Commission and Japan have reached an agreement which closes negotiations on most parts of the EU’s biggest bilateral trade deal to date.

EU, Japan look to speed up talks on trade deal 22 March 2017, 00:18 CET
The European Union made a renewed push for agreement later this year on a bilateral trade deal with Japan, as the country's prime minister Shinzo Abe met EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday.

G7 leaders push free trade agenda 28 May 2016, 00:24 CET
Leaders of the G7 countries meeting at a summit in Japan reaffirmed their commitment to open and fair global trade and called for swift progress on regional trade agreements, including the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and TTIP.

EU-Japan relations - 22nd EU-Japan Summit 07 May 2014, 15:08 CET
The European Union and Japan are like-minded strategic partners and major economies sharing common values and principles. Their 22nd bilateral summit took place on 7 May in Brussels.

A Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan 15 April 2013, 11:56 CET
The EU and Japan on 25 March 2013 officially launched the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The aim is for a comprehensive agreement in goods, services and investment eliminating tariffs, non-tariff barriers and covering other trade-related issues, such as public procurement, regulatory issues, competition, and sustainable development. The first round of negotiations was held in Brussels from 15 to 19 April 2013.

European auto industry calls for 'real and effective' elimination of non-tariff barriers during trade negotiations with Japan 26 March 2013, 18:31 CET
The European Union and Japan yesterday officially launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA).

EU27 external trade deficit of EUR 20bn with Japan in 2009 28 April 2010, 00:33 CET
Between 2000 and 2009, EU27 exports of goods to Japan fell in value by around 20%, from 45 bn euro to 36 bn, while EU27 imports from Japan decreased by almost 40%, from 92 bn to 56 bn. As a result, the EU27 deficit in trade with Japan decreased from 47 bn in 2000 to 20 bn in 2009 and the share of Japan in the EU27's total external trade in goods fell significantly. In 2009, Japan accounted for 3% of EU27 exports and 5% of EU27 imports, and was the EU27's sixth most important trading partner. On the occasion of the 19th European Union - Japan summit, which took place on Wednesday 28 April 2010 in Tokyo, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issued data on trade in goods and services and FDI flows between the EU and Japan.

The EU's Trade Relationship with Japan 08 July 2011, 16:02 CET
As a highly developed economy and major global trader and investor, Japan is an important partner for the EU. Japan is the world's third largest national economy, accounting for around 1.9% of the world population and around 9% of world GDP.

Successful completion of the first 2009 EU Gateway Business Mission to Japan renews strength of EU- Japan business cooperation 11 March 2009, 13:33 CET
9 March 2009 Press Release

EU - Japan trade statistics 2007 21 April 2008, 18:28 CET
Between 2000 and 2007, EU27 exports of goods to Japan fell slightly in value, from 45.5 bn euro to 43.7 bn, while EU27 imports from Japan decreased by 15%, from 92.1 bn to 77.9 bn.

European Business Council in Japan 04 June 2007, 11:31 CET
The National European Chambers of Commerce and Business Organisations in Japan together with their collective trade policy arm, the European Business Council (EBC), form the premier business networking platform for Europeans in Japan. With close to 3,000 European and Japanese members, this network reaches deep into the business communities of both Europe and Japan, and has close ties with the National European Governments and the European Commission. Many of the European members of this network have mastered the Japanese language and have a long history of involvement in the Japanese business environment. The EBC has been working to improve the trade and investment environment for European companies in Japan since 1972.

Japan and the EU 17 April 2013, 21:15 CET
On 25 March 2013, the EU and Japan officially launched the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement. The negotiations with Japan will address a number of EU concerns, including non-tariff barriers and the further opening of the public procurement market. The first round of negotiations is/was held in Brussels on 15-19 April 2013. In July 2012, the European Commission asked the EU Member States for their agreement to open the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Japan. On that occasion, an impact assessment of the future Free Trade Agreement was released. Later that year, the Council decided to give the Commission 'the green light' to start these negotiations.