Annual Meeting 2016

18th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 20 April 2016: 
"EU & JAPAN – TAKING STRIDES TOWARDS A COMMON SUSTAINABLE FUTURE"

The 2016 EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) Annual Meeting took place at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on 20 April 2016 with the theme of "Taking strides towards a common sustainable future". It was chaired by Messrs Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) and Fabrice Brégier (President & CEO, Airbus S.A.S.).

 

Topics discussed
As well as having high-level discussions with the EU and Japanese Authorities, the BRT Members discussed and adopted general and sectoral recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities and had detailed discussions on the EU-Japan FTA/EPA negotiations and regulatory cooperation; on the circular economy; and on improving the investment environment in the EU and Japan.

The meeting resolved to submit its joint recommendations to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, European Council President Donald Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

 

 

 

Various documents are available from the meeting

(please click on the image of the document to access it)

 

 

Position Statement(also known as the "Summary of Recommendations")


 

 

Press Release

 

 

 

Working Party Recommendations and Presentations

WP1 - Trade Relations; Investment and Regulatory Cooperation; Financial Services, Accounting and Taxation
WP2 - Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Healthcare & Well-Being
WP 3 - Innovation, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
WP 4 - Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development  

 

 

 

 

 

From the EU-Japan FTA/EPA and Regulatory Cooperation discussion
     
From the Circular Economy discussion
 
     
From the Improving the investment environment in the EU and Japan discussion
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High-level participants from the EU and Japanese Authorities

Mr. Junji Suzuki
State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

  Mr. Yoji Muto
State Minister for Foreign Affairs
  Mr. Tsuneo Kitamura
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  Mr. Yasuo Sakamoto
Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

 

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission

Mr. Antti Ilmari Peltomäki
Deputy Director-General
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission
Mr. Philippe Duponteil
Head of the Far East Unit
Directorate-General for Trade
European Commission
Mr. Jonathan Hatwell
Deputy Head of Delegation
Delegation of the European Union to Japan
 

 

 

 

Submission of the BRT's 2016 Recommendations to the Prime Minister Abe & Commissioner Bieńkowska

On 21 April 2016, Kazuo Tsukuda (BRT Chairman, Japan side) and Fabrice Brégier (out-going BRT Chairman, EU side) led a delegation to submit the BRT's Recommendations to PM Shinzo Abe and to Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska who received them on behalf of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. For more details see the press release.

The handover was reported on the official Japanese Government website in English and in Japanese, together with a video recording and pictures from the meeting.

Fabrice Brégier presents the BRT's 2016 Recommendations to PM Abe BRT co-Chairmen Kazuo Tsukuda and Fabrice Brégier with PM Shinzo Abe and European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Fabrice Brégier formally presents the BRT's 2016 Recommendations to PM Shinzo Abe BRT co-Chairmen Kazuo Tsukuda and Fabrice Brégier with PM Shinzo Abe and European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Handover photos © courtesy of Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office