December 2019The Centre is pleased to present to you its latest issue of the EU-Japan Newsletter on the following link: https://www.eu-japan.eu/sites/default/files/publications/docs/december19.pdf. In the newsletter you will find information on the Centre's activities, coming seminars and events as well as activities of general interest on various aspects of the EU-Japan cooperation.
Topics covered in the December issue:LEGISLATION AND POLICY NEWS・METI Published Guidelines on Charging Plastic Bags・Tokyo Metropolitan Government Announced the "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy"SURVEY AND BUSINESS DATA・Japanese Population Diminished More Than 500,000 in One Year・New Indices to Measure Consumer Sentiment and Product Prices Developed・Performance of Companies in Solar Power Sector Shows Improvement・Majority of Consumers Support Change Over to Paper from Plastics
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.