EU-Japan Business Round Table

On this webpage : Brief overview of the BRT and a 2-minute video guide to the BRT | Statement by the BRT co-Chairs on the outcome of the 2022 EU-Japan Summit  | Formal submission of the BRT's 2021 Recommendations to the Prime Minister of Japan | Details of the 23rd BRT annual meeting | Magazine interview with Masaki Sakuyama, Chairman of the BRT's Japan-side | BRT position paper on the coronavirus pandemic | BRT statement on the Entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement | Information about the BRT role at the 2019 EU-Asia Connectivity Forum.

 

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Statement by the BRT co-Chairs on the outcome of the 2022 EU-Japan Summit

19/05/2022 – Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste) & Masaki Sakuyama (Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) - co-Chairs of the EU-Japan Business Round Table - issue a statement on the outcome of the 28th EU-Japan Summit.

The statement was prepared by Le Groupe La Poste and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. It contains the BRT co-Chairs' reaction to the outcome of the 12 May 2022 EU-Japan Summit and the content of the Summit's official "Joint Statement" and "Japan-EU Digital Partnership" statement.

English  and Japanese versions of the BRT co-Chairs' statement are available. You can send any feedback via our contact us webform.

BRT statement on the outcome of the 2022 EU-Japan Summit

BRT Statement in Japanese on outcome of 2022 EU-Japan Summit

 

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What is the BRT? A 2-minute introductory video

video icon This 2-minute video will introduce you to the BRT - its role, members, goals, working methods and links with the EU and Japanese Authorities. 

 

BRT video

This video includes archive footage from the BRT's first 24 years. More photos and videos can be found in the BRT annual meeting archive.

For more information on the BRT see the "About the BRT" webpage.


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Formal submission of the BRT's 2021 Recommendations to the Prime Minister of Japan

On 9 February 2022, the joint recommendations of the European Union-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) were presented to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by the two BRT co-chairs, Masaki Sakuyama (Senior Advisor at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO of La Poste Groupe) who was represented by Michael Mroczek, Chair of the European Business Council in Japan, at a ceremony in Tokyo.

Adopted at last November’s annual BRT Meeting, the recommendations noted the key aspects of digital transition, decarbonisation and trade regulatory cooperation towards a more digital and greener future for both sides. They also underlined the importance of the free movement of businesspeople, which has been strongly impacted by the COVID pandemic with risks of delayed and cancelled investments. EU Ambassador to Japan Patricia Flor as well as representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present.

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Michael Mroczek (Chair of the European Business Council in Japan) representing Philippe Wahl (BRT EU-side Chair and Chairman & CEO of La Poste Groupe) observes Masaki Sakuyama (BRT Japan-side Chair and Senior Advisor at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) submit the BRT's 2021 Recommendations to Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan.

For more on the handover and on the 2021 annual meeting see the official meeting webpage and the related cuttings webpage. The handover was reported on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (English page here, Japanese page here).

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The 23rd BRT Annual Meeting:
The EU & Japan together - leading the way for a more digital and greener future

04/11/2021 - The 23rd annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table took place in Brussels and online. See the dedicated event webpage for more details and the cuttings webpage for tweets, posts and articles about the meeting.

Japan-side BRT Chair Sakuyama
Japan-side BRT Chair Masaki Sakuyama
Ambassador Masaki greets Commissioner Breton
Ambassador Masaki greets Commissioner Breton
EU-side Chair Wahl
EU-side BRT Chair Philippe Wahl

04/11/2021 - The 23rd annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table was a hybrid one, taking place in Brussels & online.  60 leaders of companies and industry associations from the EU and Japan, 1 European Commissioner, 1 State Minister, 2 Vice Ministers and 3 Ambassadors from the European Union and Government of Japan, and 2 guest presenters from the U.S. discussed a wide range of issues:

  • The BRT's 2021 Recommendations
  • EU & Japan Digital Transformation
  • Formal handing over of the BRT's 2021 Recommendations
  • EU-Japan Trade & Regulatory Cooperation
  • The EU-Japan Green Alliance
  • Trilateral Discussion with the U.S. on the Potential for Trilateral Industrial Cooperation in Green Growth (Special Session)
  • Remarks by Ambassadors


During the meeting, the BRT's 2021 Recommendations to the European Commission, European Council and Government of Japan were formally submitted to European Internal Market Commissioner Breton.top

   

Interview with BRT co-Chairman Sakuyama

July 2021 - The July edition of Eurobiz Japan includes an interview with / profile of Masaki Sakuyama, co-chairman of the EU–Japan Business Round Table, chairman of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

The first part of the article entitled, Making a difference behind the scenes, looks at the BRT and its work - Mr Sakuyama's role, key issues for the BRT, reactions from the Government of Japan, BRT's 'achievements', the BRT's evolution and the involvement of the EBC in Japan.

The second part of the interview addresses Mitsubishi Electric and its activities.

Eurobiz Japan is the magazine of the European Business Council in Japan.

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BRT position paper on the coronavirus pandemic

25/05/2020 - The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) has issued a Position Paper on the challenges posed by coronavirus, steps that it believes can and should be taken and ideas that could help rebuild the EU and Japanese economies.

The paper was prepared by Mitsubishi Electric and Le Groupe La Poste in consultation with the BRT's 55 Members. The first part of the paper summarises the challenges facing the whole world and identifies areas in which the BRT believes the EU and Japan can cooperate and show leadership. The second part of the paper suggests some steps that could help mitigate medical and economic aspects of the pandemic. The final part of the paper identifies 4 issues the BRT believes could provide opportunities for the EU and Japan as we emerge from the current crisis.

There are two versions of the Position Paper - an English one and a Japanese one. You can send any feedback via our contact us webform.

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BRT at the 2019 EU-Asia Connectivity Forum

Brussels - 27/09/2019 - BRT Japan-side Chairman Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) took part in the EU-Asia Connectivity Forum - Building Bridges for a Sustainable Future event, organised by the European Commission.

Mr Sakuyama delivered the keynote address during the session on "The Standards and Norms of Connectivity". For a summary of his address and a copy of his slides, please see the BRT at the 2019 EU-Asia Connectivity Forum webpage.

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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.

 

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

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Background

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, La Poste Groupe). Its 82 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 and 16 SMEs.

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.

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.

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