EU-Japan Business Round Table

21st BRT Annual Meeting - Brussels, 15 May 2019

The EU & Japan - Acting together in a global world

Photos from the day, reports, presentations and other documents are available on the 2019 event webpage.

Additional tweets and other social media references to the BRT annual meeting can be found on the 2019 cuttings webpage.


15 May 2019 - The 21st annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table took place in Brussels on 15 May 2019.  37 leaders of companies and industry associations from the EU and Japan, 4 European Commissioners, 2 Parliamentary Vice-Ministers, 4 Directors-General from the Commission and Government of Japan discussed a wide range of issues:

During the meeting, the BRT's 2019 Recommendations to the European Commission, European Council and Government of Japan were formally submitted to European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

Photos © Imaginyou/E.Charneux. 

The European Commission included an article about the BRT in its daily Midday Express press briefing (scroll down to the "Announcements" section)

The BRT was also featured in the Twitter accounts of Japanese and EU authorities.


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.



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 Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste). Its 53 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 at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

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