25th EU-Japan Business Round Table Annual Meeting - 7 November 2023 - "THE EU & JAPAN – PARTNERING ON ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH"

On this page - Keynote Address & Handover | Joint Session with the EU & Japanese Authorities | Announcement of the next BRT Chair, EU-side | The BRT's 2023 Recommendations | Cuttings, articles and social media posts about the meeing | Other documents from the meeting


07/11/2023 - The 25th Annual Meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table took place in the Schuman Room at the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels.

The meeting was co-chaired (for the final time) by Philippe Wahl (Chairman & CEO, La Poste Groupe) and (for the first time) by Nobuhiro Endo (Executive Advisor, NEC Corporation). Nikolaus Boltze (Country Representative - Japan, Thyssenkrupp AG) and Jean-Paul Forceville (Director, European & International Relations, La Poste Groupe) moderated some sessions of the meeting. During the meeting, Mr Wahl announced that his successor as BRT EU-side Chair would be Belén Garijo (Chair of the Executive Board and CEO, Merck).

Links to articles, posts, social media references and other resources can be found on the 2023 annnual meeting cuttings & tweets webpage.

BRT 2023 annual meeting         BRT 2023 family photo


Keynote Address & Handover

After an opening session, featuring interventions by the BRT co-Chairs Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, La Poste Groupe) and Nobuhiro Endo (Executive Advisor, NEC Corporation), European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová gave the keynote address. Nikolaus Boltze (thyssenkrupp AG) moderated the keynote address session.

BRT 2023 VP Jourova  & Nikolaus Boltze

After her speech, Mr Boltze and Dr. Endo formally presented the BRT's 2023 recommendations to VP Jourová who received them on behalf of the European Commission

BRT 2023 handover to the European Commission   

Her speech and the "handover" were reported in a photo montage on the European Commission website entitled, "Participation of Vera Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, to the EU-Japan Business Round Table"



Joint Session with the Authorities

Kiyoto Tsuji, State Minister for Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Nobuhiro Yoshida, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Hiroshi Yoshida, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (MIC) and Kerstin Jorna, Director-General (DG GROW) took part in a Joint Session with the EU and Japanese Authorities, outlining recent developments in EU-Japan government-to-government discussions and areas for possible EU-Japan industrial cooperation.

MOFA Tsuji
MOFA State Minister Tsuji

METI Yoshida
METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yoshida

DG GROW Director-General Jorna

MIC Okamoto
MIC Deputy Director-General Okamoto



Announcement of the next BRT Chair, EU-side

The 2023 BRT annual meeting was the 4th and final one to be co-chaired by Philippe Wahl. During his opening remarks he announced that his successor as BRT EU-side Chair would be Belén Garijo, Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck. Ms Garijo was unable to attend the meeting in-person but recorded a message accepting the nomination.

Still from Belén Garijo's video message

video camera logo  Video message from Belén Garijo (6'20")

In her personal video message, Belén Garijo addresses the participants of the 25th EU-Japan Business Round Table in Brussels on 7 November 2023. She shares how honoured she feels to take on the responsibility as the new EU-side Chair of the EU-Japan Business Round Table, thanks her predecessor Philippe Wahl for his strong leadership and highlights how much she looks forward to collaborating with Dr. Nobuhiro Endo, NEC Corporation and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. As the CEO of Merck, a science and technology company with a long history of business in Japan, Belén Garijo underscores the importance of EU-Japan collaboration in times of growing uncertainty.



The BRT's 2023 Recommendations

The BRT adopted - and submitted - 5 sets of recommendations:



Other documents from the 2023 annual meeting

  • The agenda for the annual meeting (a Japanese version is also available)
  • The list of BRT members as of 7 November 2023
  • Presentation from the Economic Security & Supply Chains session
    BRT Themed Discussion presentation
  • Presentations from the Green Transition session
    BRT Themed Discussion presentation      BRT Themed Discussion presentation

    BRT Themed Discussion presentation     BRT Themed Discussion presentation
  • Presentation from the Standards, Regulatory harmonisation, R&D and Skills session
    BRT Themed Discussion presentation
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