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EU-Japan Business Round Table

20th BRT Annual Meeting – Tokyo, 20 April 2018

"EU and Japan – Champions of Global Free Trade"

The EU-Japan Business Round Table's 2018 annual meeting took place in Tokyo on 20 April. Additional information and documents from the meeting can be found on the event webpage. Topics selected for detailed discussion include:

  1. The EU-Japan EPA - Model for the 21st Century's Economic Order based on Free and Fair Rules
  2. Digital and Data Economy, Cybersecurity, Blockchain - Reinventing Economic Foundations
  3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Pathways for Fostering the EU-Japan Relationship
  4. Regulatory Cooperation and Interoperability - Views and Expectations of Industry



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. Danny Risberg represented Mr Schulz (who was the EU-side BRT Chairman at the time of the annual meeting) at the handover. For more information please see the 2018 annual meeting webpage.

Left to right: Kazuo Tsukuda (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), Danny Risberg (European Business Council in Japan) and PM Shinzo Abe

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. 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.

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