EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

Apr 20, 2016

EU-Japan FTA deal hinges on Tokyo's political will: EU commissioner

The European Union’s agriculture commissioner, Phil Hogan, says a successfully concluded free trade agreement this year between the 28-nation bloc and Japan will depend on the political will of the Japanese government. Hogan called for an earlier conclusion of an EU-Japan free trade pact, ...

Mar 5, 2016

EU may downgrade summit with Japan as trade talks stall

The annual high-level conference between Japan and the European Union could be downgraded to an informal dialogue, as the bloc is frustrated at the slow progress of free-trade talks between the two sides, sources close to the matter said Saturday. The 28-nation union has ...

May 28, 2015

Miyazawa, EU's Malmstrom agree to speed up EPA talks for deal before 2016

Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa and visiting European Union official Cecilia Malmstrom agreed Wednesday to further accelerate free trade negotiations on concluding a Japan-EU economic partnership agreement. At a meeting over dinner in Tokyo, Miyazawa told Malmstrom, European commissioner for trade, that Japan remains committed ...

Japan, EU to hold summit on May 29 in Tokyo: sources

Apr 11, 2015

Japan, EU to hold summit on May 29 in Tokyo: sources

Japan and the European Union will hold an annual summit on May 29 in Tokyo to discuss their potential free trade agreement and security cooperation, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica ...

Dec 12, 2014

FTA talks stall over European access to gas, electricity markets

Japan and the European Union struggled to bridge gaps over the opening up of Japan’s electricity and gas markets, one of Europe’s key interests, during a round of free-trade talks that ended Friday. The 28-country bloc has called for more transparency in procurement procedures ...

Apr 28, 2014

Japan, EU planning cybersecurity summit

With China a suspected source of cyberattacks, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement to be issued after the ...