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The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) – A framework to promote shared values [International Agreements in Progress]

The SPA represents a framework strengthening the overall partnership, by promoting political and sectoral cooperation and joint actions in more than 40 areas of common interest. Continue reading

Bilateral trade deal with Japan – largest to date for EU [International Agreements in Progress]

Negotiations on an EU-Japan trade agreement were officially launched in March 2013. Following the political agreement in principle reached in July 2017, a final accord on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was announced in December 2017. Continue reading

Japan and the EU [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, After more than two decades of economic stagnation, Japan is pushing ahead with a ‘three arrow’ reform package aimed at reviving growth through fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural changes, a strategy known as ‘Abenomics’, after the name of Liberal Democrat Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. The reforms are being pursued against … Continue reading

Japan’s national budget: Procedure and the public debt burden

Written by Enrico D’Ambrogio and Matthew Parry, Japan’s budget is compiled by its Ministry of Finance based on estimates from other ministries and guidance from the Cabinet, before being approved by the Diet. In Japan’s parliamentary system, the executive is drawn from the majority in the House of Representatives, the Diet’s lower house, which generally … Continue reading

Cyber diplomacy: EU dialogue with third countries

Written by Patryk Pawlak. Graphics by Christian Dietrich The current global debates about the role of governments in internet governance and the application of international law in cyberspace will have significant impact on the future of the internet. With a view to shaping their outcome, the EU is focusing on a number of priority areas: … Continue reading

Japan’s Prime Minister wins his electoral bid

Written by Lorenzo Costantini Prime Minister Shinzō Abe dissolved the lower house and called an early election in December 2014. The contest was also regarded as a referendum on his growth strategy, widely known as ‘Abenomics’. Taking advantage of opposition parties’ weakness and inability to conduct a successful campaign at such short notice, and with … Continue reading

International Court of Justice rules on Japanese Antarctic whaling programme

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on 31 March 2014 that Japan’s large-scale whaling programme in the Antarctic was in breach of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, as well as other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine environment. International Conventions on Whaling Whaling is … Continue reading

EU-Japan: forging strategic ties

The EU and Japan share common values and principles and enjoy solid, long-term political and economic ties. Both sides believe the time has come to develop the large and unexploited potential in their relationship. Therefore, the EU and Japan are currently negotiating two agreements: a Strategic Partnership Agreement and an Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement. … Continue reading

The tsunami in Japan, three years after

Three years after a tsunami hit the north-eastern coast of Japan, reconstruction is well behind schedule, while the nuclear accident in Fukushima remains a source of concern and reflexion and no one has been indicted for the consequences of the disaster. A triple disaster On 11 March 2011, the north-eastern coast of Japan was hit … Continue reading

The United States-China relationship: Implications for the European Union

The rising economic, political and military influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at global level carries enormous  geopolitical consequences for 21st century world politics. The United States (US), considered the dominant power in the international system, is still assessing to what extents China’s rise constitutes an opportunity and a threat. Despite Beijing’s assurances … Continue reading

The East China Sea territorial dispute. Senkaku, Diaoyu, or Tiaoyutai Islands?

Japan, China, and Taiwan all lay claim to a group of barren islands and rocks in the East China Sea (ECS). They see strategic and economic advantages in claiming sovereignty over them. Chinese and Taiwanese trawlers and other boats regularly approach the islands, which are under Japan’s control. Taiwan recently tried to alleviate tensions by … Continue reading

Higher education in Asia

As stated in the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 3 January 1976, Article 13c, higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education. According to the World Bank, universities are a … Continue reading

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