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About the EU Delegation to Japan

01/09/2020 - 09:00

Delegation of the European Union to Japan


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.

Patricia FLOR - 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

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


Trade Section

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.
Minister-Counsellor, Head - M. HANNONEN


Administration Section

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

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