About Us

During the EU-Japan ministerial meeting in 1986, the European Commission & the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) agreed that it was very important to deepen industrial cooperation in order to achieve a closer relationship in EU-Japan economic area.

Based on this agreement, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation was established in 1987 as a core organization to implement industrial cooperation between EU and Japan in the affiliate of Foundation of Institute for International Studies and Training (renamed as Center for International Economic Collaboration).

The European Commission & METI strongly expect the EU-Japan Centre to contribute to a further development of the EU-Japan economic relationship following the entering into force of the  EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) & Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) in February 2019.

In the dawn of this new era of the EU-Japan relationship, the EU-Japan Centre has started its operation as a new independent legal entity "Ippan Zaidan Houjin" (General Incorporated Foundation) in Japan.

It aims at promoting all forms of industrial, trade and investment cooperation between the EU and Japan and at improving EU and Japanese companies’ competitiveness and cooperation by facilitating exchanges of experience and know-how between EU and Japanese businesses.

Name (General Incorperated Foundation)
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
President Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation)
Managing Director Japan-side: Yasuo Tanabe
EU-side: Philippe de Taxis du Poet
History 15 May 1987 : Established as an affiliate of Foundation of Institute for International Studies and Training
Aug 2019 : IIST renamed to Center for International Economic Collaboration
1 Jul 2020 : EU-Japan Centre becomes an independant Ippan Zaidanhoujin (General Incorporated Foundation)
Annual Budget 4.7 mil euro (FY2020)
Employees 34 (Jul 2020)
Competent Authority METI, EU Commission
HQ in Tokyo Shirokane-Takanawa Station Bldg.4F 1-27-6 Shirokane. Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, Japan
E-mail: inquiries@eu-japan.gr.jp
Branch Office
in Belgium
Rue Marie de Bourgogne 52, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
E-mail: office@eu-japan.eu

Milestones 1987 - 2019

Summary of our activities

Contact & location

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