Prospects for EU-Japan relations

4 Mar 2015 17:00
4 Mar 2015 18:30

The EU-Asia Centre and the Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel invite you to a panel discussion on ‘Prospects for EU-Japan Relations’ at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart, from 17:00-18:30 (followed by a reception) on 4 March.

Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida and the EU’s High Representative Mogherini recently had a productive meeting in Brussels. They looked forward to the next EU-Japan summit involving Messrs. Abe, Juncker and Tusk. The EU and Japan are seeking to conclude their political/security and free trade negotiations this year. It is expected that these agreements will give a significant boost to EU-Japan relations but where should the priorities lie? As like-minded actors the EU and Japan could be working much more closely together in the security field – tackling proliferation, cyber- crime, terrorism as well as regional security. To discuss the potential for EU-Japan relations we have invited a mix of EU and Japanese experts and officials for a panel discussion.


17:00 - Welcome by Ambassador Katakami (Japanese mission to the EU)

17:15 -  Panel chaired by Fraser Cameron, Director, EU-Asia Centre

  • Yoshihide SOEYA, Professor, Keio University, Tokyo
  • Luis Simon, Professor, VUB, Brussels
  • Julian Wilson, Head of Division, Japan, EEAS

18:00 Q and A

18:30 Reception

Registration and Venue

To register for the event please send an e mail to

Press Club
95 Rue Froissart
1040 Brussels