User login

EU-Japan Business Round Table

Entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

01 February 2019 - to mark the entry into force of the EPA and linked SPA agreement, the EU-Japan Business Round Table issued a statement, entitled "A New Era for the EU and Japan Starts Today" and which begins...


For the full statement and links to information and practical guides aimed at helping EU and Japanese companies take full advantage of the EPA please see the EPA page of this website. The Statement is also available in Japanese and in a bilingual PDF.



17 July 2018 - BRT Japan-side Chairman, Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Danny Risberg (Chairman, EBC in Japan, for the BRT's EU-side) represent the BRT at the ceremony to mark the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement.


21st BRT Annual Meeting – Brussels, May 2019

The 21st annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table will take place in Brussels in May 2019.

Among other topics this year's meeting will address:

  1. Building on the EU-Japan EPA (Regulatory Cooperation / Bilateral investment and investment cooperation in third countries / Helping SMEs take advantage of the EPA)
  2. The UK's Withdrawal from the EU
  3. Circular Economy and SDGs
  4. Digital Economy




20th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 20 April 2018

The EU-Japan Business Round Table's 2018 annual meeting took place in Tokyo on 20 April with the title, "EU and Japan - Champions of Global Free Trade".

Additional information and documents from the meeting can be found on the event webpage.



Handover of the BRT's 2018 Recommendations to PM Abe

On 16 May 2018, BRT Japan-side Chairman, Mr Tsukuda, and BRT EU-side Member, Mr Risberg, formally submitted the BRT's 2018 Recommendations to PM Abe. For more information please see the 2018 annual meeting webpage.

Handover photo © courtesy of Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office



For information relating to previous BRT meetings, please see the annual meeting archive.



The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between Japanese and European industries. Its co-Chairmen are Ben Story (Strategic Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce plc) and Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). Its c. 50 members are senior executives from leading European and Japanese companies and organisations that represent a significant part of the EU and Japanese industry and cover a broad range of sectors of activity.

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.

For information about our privacy policy - including what data we collect from visitors to this website, and how we use it - please see our privacy policy page.