The 16th annual EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) meeting took place at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on 08 & 09 April and was chaired by Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman and CEO of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and Mr. Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus S.A.S.
The BRT Members (CEOs / senior executives from leading EU and Japanese firms) had the pleasure and honour of welcoming high-level representatives of the Japanese and EU Authorities. The meeting included updates on the negotiations for an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) / Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); the adoption of general and sectoral recommendations; discussions on the New Industrial Revolution in relations to sustainability and important business themes for the EU and Japan in the post FTA/EPA era; and discussions with the Japanese and EU Authorities.
The BRT Members agreed to submit their joint recommendations to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.
Various documents are available from the meeting:
Following the meeting the out-going Japan-side Chairman, Hiromasa Yonekura, the in-coming Japan-side Chairman, Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Ltd.) and the EU-side Chairman, Fabrice Brégier submitted the 2014 BRT Recommendations to Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan:
A statement about the handover is available on the official website of the Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet as is a video recording of part of the handover.
Handover photos © courtesy of Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office
The following photos from the 2014 BRT Meeting are © EU-Japan Business Round Table