Japan-EU Joint Symposium (EU-Japan Expert Roundtable)
~East Asia's Security~

February 17, 2012


On Thursday, 16th February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperated with the European External Action Service (EEAS) to host a Japan-EU Joint Symposium (expert roundtable) in Brussels, Belgium.

Japan and the EU have been collaborating to hold Japan-EU Joint Symposium since 2002 to promote 'coordination between civil societies', 'cultural exchange' and 'people-to-people exchange.'

In this 10th Symposium, participants had discussions on maritime security, political and economic security and other related matters under the theme of East Asia’s Security.

Mr. Toyohisa Kozuki, Ambassador, Deputy Director General for European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Gerhard Sabathil, Director of the EEAS gave keynote speeches. Main participants were as follows:

  • From Japan, Mr. Tsutomu Kikuchi, Professor at the Department of International Politics, Aoyama-Gakuin University, Mr. Tetsuo Kotani, Special Research Fellow, Okazaki Institute and Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japanese Mission to the EU.
  • From the EU, Mr. Fraser Cameron, Director of EU-Asia Centre (think-tank), Mr. Glyn Ford, former MEP, Mr. Jonathan Hatwell, Head of Unit, Japan and Korea, EEAS, and others.

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