EU relation with Japan

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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 along the lines of the 2001 Action Plan [167 KB] and now goes far beyond the earlier trade-related focus of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

New agreements 

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

 

Ongoing policy dialogue

The EU has an ongoing dialogue with Japan on a variety of policy areas: environment, information society, science & technology, trade, financial services and industrial policy.

Multilateral cooperation

The EU cooperates closely with Japan in international and multilateral fora such as the UN, WTO, and the G8.

Business, academic and civil-society contacts

These are promoted by EU Institutes in Japan and cooperative education and business initiatives. Several programmes offer training in Japan to European executives.


News and Press ReleasesRSS

  • 19/03/2015
    EU and Japan conclude 7th round of SPA negotiations EU and Japan conclude 7th round of SPA negotiations <p>The European Union (EU) and Japan concluded today in Brussels their seventh round of negotiations toward a Strategic Partnership Agreement. The three-day discussions were constructive and detailed. </p> 03/19/2015 00:00:00 03/19/2015 00:00:00 03/19/2015 00:00:00 03/07/2016 00:00:00 2015031900 090126248ed08821 N 090126248ed08821 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_04_en.htm 3993 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150319_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150319_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    EU and Japan conclude 7th round of SPA negotiations
  • 14/03/2015
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam <p>In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.</p> 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/14/2015 15:05:27 03/02/2016 15:05:27 2015031415 090126248ebcb9cf N 090126248ebcb9cf /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 5802 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150314_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Vanuatu: EU deploys assistance for victims of cyclone Pam
  • 01/02/2015
    Statement of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the murder of Kenji Goto in Syria Statement of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the murder of Kenji Goto in Syria <p>Following the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan.</p> 02/01/2015 12:34:22 02/01/2015 12:34:22 02/01/2015 12:34:22 02/01/2015 12:34:22 2015020112 090126248e35a40a N 090126248e35a40a /statements-eeas/2015/150201_01_en.htm 9563 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150201_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150201_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150201_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150201_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the murder of Kenji Goto in Syria
  • 19/01/2015
    High Representative Mogherini meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida High Representative Mogherini meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida <p>Brussels, 19 January 2015 – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Brussels.</p> 01/19/2015 19:48:23 01/19/2015 19:48:23 01/19/2015 19:48:23 01/07/2016 19:48:23 2015011919 090126248e166597 N 090126248e166597 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_04_en.htm 11850 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150119_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    High Representative Mogherini meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida
  • 17/10/2014
    261 57255 1 _blank EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise

    On Thursday 16 October, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia-Operation Atalanta and Japan's Self-Defence Forces (SDF) conducted a joint counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden.

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    10/17/2014 12:06:00 10/17/2014 12:06:00 10/17/2014 12:06:00 nulldate 2014101712 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248cdece2f N 090126248cdece2f /statements/docs/2014/141017_01_en.pdf 315301 pdf Y /statements/docs/2014/141017_01_en.pdf 2 /statements/docs/2014/141017_01_en.pdf /statements/docs/2014/141017_01_fr.pdf /statements/docs/2014/141017_01_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    EU and Japan hold joint counter-piracy exercise pdf - 308 KB [308 KB] français (fr)

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