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EU-Japan Business Round Table

19th BRT Annual Meeting – Brussels, 11 July 2017

"EU-Japan – The Dawn of a New Relationship"

The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) held its 19th Annual Meeting in Brussels on 11 July 2017, adopted its 2017 Recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities and formally submitted them to the European Commission. The three key discussion themes were - digital economy, EPA and EU-Japan cooperation on science, industrial technology and innovation.

More details are available on the 2017 annual meeting webpage.

On 19 July, the BRT's 2017 recommendations were formally submitted to PM Abe.


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


EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

At its 2017 annual meeting, the BRT welcomed news that the EU and Japan had reached an "agreement in principle" for an "Economic Partnership Agreement". Prior to this announcement, other names had been used including 'free trade agreement and 'economic integration agreement'. For more information on the EPA and on the BRT's position please see the "EPA" page.



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 (Executive Vice-President Chief of Sales, Marketing and Contracts, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Airbus S.A.S.) and Kazuo Tsukuda (Senior Executive Adviser, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.).

Its 49 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. As of November 2016, three quarters of the BRT member companies (or their corporate groups) were publicly listed, with 9 being ranked among the world's 100 biggest public companies (36 are in the top 2,000). At the time, the total net market value of these individual BRT member companies or their corporate groups was almost USD $1.4 trillion.

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.