As of 1 September, the Delegation of the European Union to Japan will merge its political and press, public and cultural affairs sections into a new ‘Political, Press and Information Section’. The new section will be tasked with both following and fostering bilateral work in the areas of foreign, security, and development policy, judicial cooperation, social affairs and human rights as well as promoting the strategic communication of the EU on all dimensions of EU-Japan relations.
This reorganisation comes at a pivotal moment in the EU’s bilateral relations with Japan, as the two sides strive to take further forward the work toward the full implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure. All three documents signal the intent of both sides to deepen and broaden an already highly functioning and mutually beneficial relationship.
The new section will also continue its mission of bringing the EU and its diversity closer to our Japanese friends through such initiatives as the European Higher Education Fair, the EU Film Days and the European Literature Festival.
The new Political, Press and Information Section will be headed by First Counsellor Roland Honekamp, who has since July 2019 been in charge of the Political Section.