The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was created in 1999 and is made up of 55 CEOs / senior executives from leading EU and Japanese firms. Its co-Chairmen are Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste). The BRT meets once a year to review the factors affecting all aspects of business cooperation between the EU and Japan, and to make policy Recommendations to the European Commission and Japanese Government.

The 2020 annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) will take place on Thursday, 5 November in the form of a web-conference.
The meeting is expected to "take stock and highlight the success of the EU-Japan EPA" and will "raise awareness of new challenges and taking advantage of the EPA under the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic". A joint session with the EU and Japanese Authorities will "reflect on the EPA", consider "EU-Japan Business Collaboration in Third Markets" and address "Digital & Green Issues". More information will be posted on this website in due course. 

On 25 May 2020, the BRT issued a position paper on the challenges posed by coronavirus, steps that it believes can and should be taken and ideas that could help rebuild the EU and Japanese economies.
English and Japanese versions of the Position Paper can be found on the BRT website.

The 21st BRT annual meeting took place in Brussels on 15 May 2019.
5 of its sessions were recorded and can be viewed online, tweets, blogs and articles about the event can be found on the 2019 cuttings page.

A selection of photographs from the 2019 BRT annual meeting. All pictures © Imaginyou/E.Charneux

The BRT Annual Meeting concludes with the submission of detailed Recommendations to the EU and Japanese Authorities on how they can promote trade, particularly focusing on recommendations for regulatory reform. Each year, the Japanese Government and European Commission react to the Recommendations. EU Commissioners, Japanese Government Ministers and senior civil servants attend the Round Table, to give oral reports and take part in a Q&A session.

The work of the BRT is prepared by the Round Table's working parties. Currently there are working parties on: "Trade Relations; Investment and Regulatory Cooperation; Financial Services, Accounting and Taxation", "Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Healthcare & Well-Being", "Digital Innovation & Mobility" and on "Environment and Sustainable Development".

As the Round Table's secretariat, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation organises its annual plenary meetings and maintains its website.

For more information about the BRT see:

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