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Japan-EU relationship:

Recommendations on SPA

The implementation of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from February 2019 provided the basis for the conference discussion concerning trade and economic issues. The EPA, being the largest free trade agreement ever concluded, is of course very important, especially at present when some other countries instead have turned more towards protectionism. Moreover, the EPA provides predictability, transparency, and a roadmap for the development of EU-Japan trade and investment ties in the years to come. Regarding the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which was concluded in tandem with the EPA, and is now under provisional implementation, the picture is much more vague. While the EU and Japan have defined the priorities areas, i.e. the areas Brussels and Tokyo have chosen from a list of more than 40 areas formulated in the SPA – discussions on how and when to do this have only just begun. The purpose of this publication is to take a few of the most innovative ideas presented at the conference and add some new thoughts and initiatives that have developed since then. In this way we aim to make several policy recommendations that we believe can assist in moving forward mutually and globally beneficial EU-Japan cooperation in several diverse fields.

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Brussels and Tokyo are Getting to Work
The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement(SPA)

The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership and Brexit
A View from Tokyo

Japan's Indo-Pacific Diplomacy and Europe
Yoshihide SOEYA

Japan's Values-driven Strategy and Japan-EU Relations
Chiyuki AOI

EU-Japan Cooperation for Promoting Renewable Energy:
Concrete Policy Recommendations

Going Digital and Going Global:
Next Steps for EU-Japan Connectivity

The Japanese and EU Flags Raised Together over Field Hospitals

Japan's Trade Strategy in a Troubled Word Market:
The Role of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

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Naoki Takiguchi

Naoki Takiguchi

Senior Programme Manager, Country Programme Japan +81 3 6426 5061


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