You could also consider our previous podcast on EU options in the event of a global trade war, where Bruegel`s director, Guntram Wolff, is represented by Bernd Lange, MEP and chairman of the International Trade Committee. Doing business and investing in Japan can be difficult for European companies and there have been some trade disputes between the two parties. However, the slowdown in the Japanese economy has encouraged them to become more open to business and investment in the EU.  In the work of reducing trade barriers, the emphasis is on opening up investment flows.  The EU and Japan signed a pioneering trade agreement this summer that will create the world`s largest open economic space. In order to raise public awareness of the opportunities offered by this agreement and to help EU SMEs use them, the EU-Japan Centre has set up a CEPOL assistance service to help and help EU SMEs find relevant information. EU-Japan relations are anchored in two documents: the 1991 Joint Declaration and the 2001 Action Plan for EU-Japan Cooperation. There is also a series of forums between the two, including an annual summit of heads of state and government and an inter-parliamentary body.  The two sides have now agreed to work towards a comprehensive free trade agreement, which was discussed at the 42nd G7 Summit on 27 May 2016. Four agreements have been signed to date by both parties;  This will be the UK`s first trade agreement with a major country since leaving the EU and will serve as a model for negotiations with other countries. If you would like to know more about this subject, we can recommend the research paper on the EU-Japan agreement presented by Bruegel to the European Parliament by André Sapir, Sonali Chowdhry and Alessio Terzi.
Between 2009 and 2011, trade in trade in commercial services between the two partners increased, with the EU maintaining a stable surplus and Japan`s share of total EU imports also remained stable at just over 3%.  Agricultural Trade Statistics:ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/document/documents/agrifood-japan_en.pdf Learn more about exporting European food and beverages to Japan under our tax-taxed EPA agreement? European Union delegation to Japan:eeas.europa.eu/delegations/japan/56981/eu-japan-economic-partnership-epa_en Relations between the European Union (EU) and Japan date back to 1959. They have a strong commercial relationship, particularly with regard to investment flows.   Trade in services with Japan reported a surplus of 13 billion euros in 2018. The EU has negotiated an economic partnership agreement with Japan. On 8 December 2017, Japan and the European Union concluded an economic partnership agreement following an agreement in principle reached in July 2017.  Although cultural and non-economic relations with Western Europe increased considerably during the 1980s, economic ties remained by far the most important element of Japan-Western European relations throughout the decade. Events in Western European relations, as well as political, economic or even military affairs, have been important to most Japanese commentators because of the direct impact on Japan.