Main results of EU-Japan summit: Tokyo, 17/07/2018

Tusk Abe 2018

From left to right: Mr Shinzo ABE, Japanese Prime Minister; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council. Shoot location: Tokyo – JAPAN Shoot date: 17/07/2018 Copyright: European Union

This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council

EU and Japanese leaders signed two landmark agreements to increase their cooperation at the 25th EU-Japan summit:

1) The EU-Japan free trade agreement will remove 99% of tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan. It sends a clear message that the EU and Japan stand together against protectionism.

2) The EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement will boost cooperation between both sides on a wide range of issues beyond trade, such as:

  • security and defence
  • energy and climate
  • people-to-people exchanges

“We are putting in place the largest bilateral trade deal ever. This is an act of enormous strategic importance for the rules-based international order, at a time when some are questioning this order. We are sending a clear message that we stand together against protectionism.”

Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Japan summit in Tokyo

EU and Japanese leaders also discussed foreign and security issues, including the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and their joint support to the Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe represented Japan.

Leaders adopted a joint statement:

Trade

Leaders signed the EU-Japan free trade agreement (FTA), the largest trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. It will create a trade zone covering 600 million people and nearly a third of global GDP.

Once fully implemented, the free trade agreement will remove most of the duties that EU companies pay annually to export to Japan. It will also eliminate several regulatory barriers.

“The Economic Partnership Agreement demonstrates to the world the firm political will of the EU and Japan to keep the flag of free trade waving high and powerfully advance free trade. (…) The Agreement will also deliver sustainable and inclusive economic growth and spur job creation.”

EU-Japan summit joint statement

In addition, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to fight protectionism and to defend the rules-based international trading system. They committed to modernise the World Trade Organisation in line with the conclusions of the Charlevoix G7 Summit.

EU-Japan cooperation

The EU-Japan strategic partnership agreement was also signed at the summit. This agreement will take the EU’s longstanding partnership with Japan to a new level, with deeper and more strategic cooperation:

“The strategic partnership agreement will enrich the political dimension of our relationship and allow for deeper cooperation in a broad range of sectors, notably with regard to peace and security, migration, the fight against terrorism, energy, climate change, education, research and innovation, and development.”

EU-Japan summit joint statement

Both sides reaffirmed their strong commitment to implement the Paris agreement on climate change by focussing on emission reduction and improving energy efficiency.

Leaders also welcomed the conclusion of the talks on an adequate level of data protection by the EU and Japan. This should create the world’s largest area of safe data transfers with a high level of data protection.

Foreign and security policy

EU and Japanese leaders discussed a range of regional and international issues, including the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula:

“In foreign policy we stand side by side with Japan in efforts to maintain pressure on Pyongyang so as to ensure complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. We want to see an end to all of DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.”

Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-Japan summit in Tokyo

Both sides also reiterated their support to the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) as well as to Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU finally to extend sanctions on Russia despite arguments; Greece again in Europe’s spotlight

What is the Internet of Things?

Scale of displacement across Myanmar ‘very difficult to gauge’, says UN refugee agency

EU migrant crisis: Germany, France and UK to show the way. Will the rest of the EU follow?

Global Recovery: The EU disburses SDR 141 Million to the IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

Joint  EU-US Statement on  the Global Methane Pledge 

“Joining forces to #BeatPollution”, a Sting Exclusive by the Head of UNEP in Brussels

This is what CEOs around the world see as the biggest risks to business

How scientists are turning living cells into the tiny factories of the future

COVID-19 is threatening the lives of migrant children held in US custody

The COVID-19 recovery can be the vaccine for climate change

At G20 Summit OECD’s Gurría says collective action vital to tackle global challenges

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by US border detention conditions, says holding migrant children may violate international law

Why trade wars have no winners

GSMA Announces Final Event Lineup for Highly Anticipated 2019 “MWC Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

EU leading in global agri-food trade

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed

The widely advertised hazards of the EU not that ominous; the sting is financial woes

South Korea once recycled 2% of its food waste. Now it recycles 95%

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

MEPs demand end to EU arms exports to Saudi Arabia

The ECB ‘accidentally’ followed IMF‘s policy advice for growth and job creation by printing more money

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

The gender gap of medicine in 2018

Why our future relies on more inclusive and transparent innovation

What’s behind South Korea’s elderly crime wave?

European Commissioner for Youth wants young people to be at heart of policy making

EU: All economic indicators in free fall

Stop wars disguised as peace missions

Young translators at EU schools – Commission opens registration for 2020 translation contest

Social, cultural diversity ‘an enormous richness, not a threat’ Guterres declares calling on investment for a harmonious future

ECB money bonanza not enough to revive euro area, Germany longs to rule with stagnation

Five avoidable deaths per minute shows urgent need for action on patient safety

Towards a seamless internal EU market for industrial goods

Digital Green Certificate is the right move but speeding up vaccination is key

Myanmar doing too little to ensure displaced Rohingya return: UN refugee agency chief

Brexit: UK business fear of a no-deal scenario preparing for the worst

How man and machine can work together in the age of AI

MWC 2016 LIVE: Orange targets VoLTE and Voice over Wi-Fi; strikes Google partnership

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens ‘foundations of democratic societies’

UNESCO food and culture forum dishes up fresh serving of SDGs

European markets itchy with short-term disturbances

Bioethics: how to recover trust in the doctor-patient relationship

This Kenyan company makes fuel from human poo

“Healthcare system and socioeconomic inequities”-through the lens of developing nations

China repels EU allegations of export subsidies

Germany’s fiscal and financial self-destructive policies

Cameron readies to support ‘yes’ for Britain in the EU

How Bangladesh’s leaders should respond to the economic threats of COVID-19

Civil protection: Parliament strengthens EU disaster response capability

Where are fleeing Afghans finding refuge?

Why the 33,000 staff European Commission did not have a real contingency plan for the refugee crisis?

MEPs approve the EU’s new culture programme

Human Rights breaches in Russia, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso

From raised fists at the 1968 Olympics to taking the knee: A history of racial justice protests in sport

Trump’s Russian affair spills over and upsets Europe

Why is Merkel’s Germany so liberal with the refugees? Did the last elections change that?

MEPs vote for upgrade to rail passenger rights

Mobile technology saving lives: changing healthcare with simple technology solutions

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: