Topics covered in the January issue: LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・Renewables to Become Japan's Main Sources of Power Supply・AIST to Establish International Joint Research Center for Zero-Emission Technologies・Advanced Emergency Braking System Will Become Obligatory for New Cars・Act on the Rational Use of Energy was Revised Partially・Tokyo to Promote Hydrogen Society during the Olympic/Paralympic Games
Analysis of opportunities for EU SMEs in Japan‘s Data Economy and Artificial Intelligence in connection with Robotics
By Agnieszka Kuczynska in the framework of the MINERVA Fellowship Programme
By Guillermo Garcia in the framework of the Minerva Fellowship Programme.
On 1 February 2019, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan came into force. It is the biggest trade deal that the EU has signed to date and represents nearly 30% of global GDP and 40% of global trade. It is also the largest open-trade zone in the world, covering 600 million people.