State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane attends the Annual Meeting of EU-Japan Business Round Table
April 24, 2018
On 20 April, the Annual Meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table (the BRT) was held in Tokyo and Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the Joint Session with Authorities.
- From the Government of Japan, Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masahiko Tominaga, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs) of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Mr. Takehiko Matsuo, Director General for Trade Policy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, from the Industries,including high levels of both Japan and the EU industries, Mr. Kazuo Tsukuda, Co-Chairman of the BRT (Senior Executive Advisor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.), Mr. Eric Schulz, Co-Chairman of the BRT (Chief Commercial Officer for Airbus), from the EU officials, Mr. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, Head of the Delegation, and Ms. Lowri Evans, Director-General, of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of European Commission attended the Joint Session.
- At the Joint Session, from the BRT side, the outline of the Joint Recommendations adopted at the Annual Meeting was briefly introduced and the expectation for an early entry into force of the Japan-EU EPA was expressed. Mr.Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated that the Japan-EU EPA will be a new basis of economic relationship between Japan and the EU, expressed his hope that an entry into force of the EPA will advance the economic relationship between Japan and the EU to a new stage, committed that the Government of Japan will do its best in continuing dialogues with industries so that Japan and the EU will be able to achieve a further economic growth under the EPA and stated that he expects continuous cooperation from industries,