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Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan!
Japan is one of the EU's strategic partners, sharing such values as democracy, the rule of law, open markets and respect for human rights. We cooperate on a wide range of issues ranging from peace-building and anti-piracy missions to science and innovation.
With so much to gain, I sincerely believe the EU and Japan can both benefit from a closer partnership on all fronts, where we jointly tackle such global challenges as climate change, energy security, terrorism and development. Many of our citizens already live, study and work in each other's countries, and benefit from this close relationship on a personal level.
I hope you will find this website a useful window to the EU and the relationship between the EU and Japan – and invite you also alongside it to look at our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-the-minute news, features and events information, and our digital magazine EUMAG (in Japanese), covering EU news and policies in depth.
Viorel ISTICIOAIA-BUDURA - Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Head of the Delegation
The Delegation of the European Union to Japan represents the EU in Japan. It enjoys the full status of a diplomatic mission and is led by the Head of Delegation.
Represent, promote and advance the interests and values of the European Union in Japan;
Develop and strengthen bilateral political, economic, cultural, educational, scientific and other sectoral cooperation between the European Union and Japan; and
Where relevant, through cooperation with Japan also enable the EU to better promote and advance its interests and values at global and regional level.
A Chancery under the Head of Delegation, supported by the Deputy Head of Delegation
Ambassador of the European Union to Japan - Viorel ISTICIOAIA-BUDURA
Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation - Francesco FINI
The section is responsible for political reporting to Brussels headquarters and liaising with the Japanese government on bilateral political relations, foreign and security policy, development policy, judicial and law enforcement cooperation, human rights, labour, employment and social affairs.
Minister-Counsellor, Head - Fabien FIESCHI
The section acts as the Delegation's spokesperson and is tasked to develop relations with Japan's media and to promote the EU and its policies with the wider Japanese public. It manages the Delegation's networks (EU Associations, information centres etc.) and is responsible for the Delegation's website and its publications, including the web magazine "EU MAG". It is also responsible for academic and higher education relations.
Counsellor, Head - Julio ARIAS
This section promotes EU research and innovation policies and cooperation with Japan, working with government, funding agencies, research organisations and industry in Japan. The section provides strategic input on international cooperation on research and innovation to Brussels headquarters, and holds regular research and innovation events in Japan.
Minister-Counsellor, Head - Leonidas KARAPIPERIS
The section follows all trade and commerce developments in Japan. It works closely with the Japanese Government as well as with Japanese and European business organisations and covers sectors from aviation, telecommunication, energy and manufacturing to agriculture and environment. In particular it has supported the negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan. Now after the conclusion of the negotiations, one of the main tasks of the section is to prepare for implementation of the Agreement, in cooperation with EU member States and businesses.
The section also supervises the European export promotion programme called "EU Gateway".
Minister-Counsellor, Head - Marjut HANNONEN
The section supports the daily functioning of the Delegation and its staff, including maintenance of building and residences. It liaises with appropriate authorities in the EU and Japan on all protocol and administrative matters related to EU officials.
Attaché, Head - Guido SALVATORE
The EU-Japan Centre is a unique venture between the European Commission and METI aimed at improving EU and Japanese companies' competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses. It is based in Tokyo and has an office in Brussels.
Minister-Counsellor, Head - Philippe de Taxis du Poet