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.
Our mission is to:
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.
The Delegation is composed of the following sections:
A Chancery under the Head of Delegation, supported by the Deputy Head of Delegation
Ambassador of the European Union to Japan - Patricia FLOR
Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation - H. SIEMERS
Political, Press and Information Section
The section is responsible for 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. It also works to bring 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.
First Counsellor, Head - R. HONEKAMP
Science, Innovation, Digital, and Other EU Policies Section
This section promotes EU science, innovation, and digital 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 science, innovation, and digital policy matters to Brussels headquarters, and holds regular policy events in Japan.
First Counsellor, Head - G. RAMANAUSKAS
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 - M. 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.
Second Secretary, Head - J. ARANA SANCHEZ
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
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 - P. DE TAXIS DU POET