Diversified diplomatic ties are a major goal for the EU and Japan. In near future both partners aim for sustainable relations in the political and economic sector. Therefore KAS Japan office and EJARN organize an international conference.


In July 2018 both partners officially signed their recently concluded Free Trade/Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and a so-called Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which envisions institutionalizing EU-Japan cooperation in the economic as well as political and security spheres. On the economic side this signals the readiness of both Japan and the EU to advance free trade at a time when the US President Donald Trump is promoting a protectionist policy of “America first”. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that China has emerged as a global power without socializing fully into the existing liberal international order – and in fact, poses challenges to it, because of its state-led economy and authoritarian political system. In this environment can the EPA serve as a new model for both fair and free trade and - once the investment protection rules are finalized – investment? Can the EPA promote bilateral cooperation to reinforce the legitimacy of global economic governance institutions? How can the two sides reinforce mutual cooperation and engage other, like-minded countries to defend and ideally deepen the present rules-based liberal order that is suffering from a crisis of legitimacy?

On the political side, how and to what extent will the SPA facilitate increased EU-Japan cooperation in the broader field of comprehensive security, or development cooperation? Will it increase the frequency and intensity of EU-Japan non-combat security cooperation in Asia, Africa and elsewhere? How can and will EU and Japan cooperate more closely in the military and security fields?

Today’s conference, with the participation of policy-makers from both the EU and Japan, will try to pinpoint in which areas more cooperation would be beneficial, and how to cooperate in these areas. Is the SPA potentially the ‘big bang’ of EU-Japan cooperation, or instead merely the institutionalizing of already ongoing bilateral cooperation? Do Japan and the EU believe there is strategic significance in increasing cooperation in light of the present illiberal trends occurring globally? Do they have the political will, resources and instruments to really intensify cooperation?

■Date: 10:00 -18:00, September 13th, 2018 (Working Dinner after the event 18:00 – 20:00)

■Venue: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu: 2-10-3 Nagata-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014

■Language: English, Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation)

Your participation is free of charge.

Please apply with

①Your full name


③Whether or not you would like to attend the reception after the event

to the KAS Japan office via E-Mail (Yoshie.Bohr-Yamazaki@kas.de)

Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. If you get no reply to your application within a week, please contact us again.

On the event day, please bring your business card to the registration desk.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our conference.

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The Capitol Hotel Tokyu


Yoshie Bohr-Yamazaki