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Background

The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between the Japanese and European industries. It is co-chaired by Ben Story (Strategic Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce plc) and Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). It meets annually, alternately in Japan and in Europe. Its most recent meeting took place in Tokyo on 20 April 2018.

Since 2007 - a long time before the formal negotiations actually began, the BRT has actively supported moves by the European Union and the Government of Japan to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement / Economic Partnership Agreement and welcomed the announcement that the negotiations had concluded.

The BRT's Members are senior executives from 50 leading European and Japanese companies. Its 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.

The BRT's recommendations to the Authorities take two forms - its annual 'Position Statements' which summarise the collective view of the BRT Members on a range of topics and the annual sets of recommendations prepared by its 4 Working Parties:

  • Working Party 1 - Trade Relations; Investment and Regulatory Cooperation; Financial Services, Accounting and Taxation
  • Working Party 2 - Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Healthcare & Well-Being
  • Working Party 3 - Digital Innovation & Mobility
  • Working Party 4 - Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

The EU and Japanese Authorities' responses to the recommendations take two forms - oral statements during the annual meeting and formal progress reports to respond to recommendations submitted by the BRT in the previous year.

The BRT publicises its work through its press releases.

To consult documents adopted and published by the BRT, please either click the above links to see all the documents of a given type (e.g. all Working Party 2 reports, or all Press Releases) or view all the documents relating to a particular meeting in the archive of the "Annual Meetings".

 

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Contact information

The work of the BRT is supported by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation which acts as the BRT Secretariat. For more details about the BRT please contact the EU-Japan Centre either via this web-form or by phone:

  • in Europe - Mr. Simon Craig Gray - tel +32 2 282 0047
  • in Japan - tel +81 3 6408 0281