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EU-Japan Business Round Table

The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between the Japanese and European industries. Its co-Chairmen are Eric Schulz (President - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce plc) and Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.). Its members are senior executives from some 50 leading European and Japanese companies.

The BRT's member companies and organisations represent a significant part of the EU and Japanese industry and cover a broad range of sectors of activity. Three quarters of the BRT member companies (or their corporate groups) are publicly listed, with 9 being ranked among the world's 100 biggest public companies (36 are in the top 2,000) The total net market value of these individual BRT member companies or their corporate groups is almost USD $1.4 trillion.

On 23 May 2017, the BRT issued a statement concerning the negotiations for an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement / Economic Partnership Agreement (FTA/EPA). For more information on the FTA/EPA please see the "FTA / EPA" page.

The BRT's 19th Annual Meeting will take place in Brussels in July 2017 and will focus on three themes - the digital economy, the FTA/EPA negotiations and EU-Japan cooperation on science, industrial technology and innovation.


18th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 20 April 2016

The 18th EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the Hotel New Otani, Tokyo on 20 April 2016. It was chaired by Messrs Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) and Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.). The following day the BRT co-Chairman submitted the BRT's 2016 Recommendations to PM Abe & Commissioner Bieńkowska.  More details are available on the 2016 annual meeting webpage.

For information relating to previous BRT meetings, please consult the BRT archive.



The BRT's main objectives are to submit recommendations to the Japanese and European Authorities so as to help develop trade and investment between the EU and Japan, and to encourage industrial cooperation in fields of common interest such as innovation, climate change, or industrial standards.

For more information about the activities of the BRT, please see the "About the BRT" page.

Should you have any questions, please contact the BRT Secretariat.