European Institute for Asian Studies
18th Japan-EU Conference
  • Start09:00 AM - Nov 16 2015
  • End05:45 PM - Nov 16 2015
  • Fondation Universitaire, 11 rue d’Egmont, 1000 Brussels
  • eias@eias.org

18th Japan-EU Conference – Standards, Governance and the Rule of Law: Opportunities for EU-Japan Cooperation

09:00 – 09:15   Welcome Remarks

Mr. Axel Goethals (CEO, European Institute for Asian Studies)

09:15 – 10:00   Opening Keynotes

– Chair: Prof. Dimitri Vanoverbeke (KU Leuven)
– H.E. Ambassador Keiichi Katakami (Mission of Japan to the EU)
– Prof. Mario Telò (ULB & LUISS)

10:00 – 11:15   POLICY PANEL 1 on Japan-EU Cooperation: Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Relief Cooperation and Development Assistance after the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai

– Chair: Professor Takako Ueta (International Christian University)
– Mr. Yves Dussart (European Commission – DG ECHO, Policy Officer, Civil Protection Policy Unit)
– Mr. Yoichiro Yamada (Embassy of Japan to the Kingdom of Belgium)
– Q&A Session

11:15 – 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:15   EXPERT PANEL 1 on Japan-EU Cooperation: Enhancing the Rule of Law at Sea

– Chair: Dr. Michael Reiterer (European External Action Service)
– “The East and South China Seas” By Prof. Tsutomu Kikuchi (Aoyama Gakuin University)
– “International Territorial Disputes and Confrontations in the South China Sea from a Legal Perspective” By Prof. Yurika Ishii (National Defense Academy of Japan)
– “Rule of law and settlement of disputes in maritime matters” By Prof. Philippe Gautier
– Discussant: Mr. David Fouquet (Senior Fellow, EIAS)
– Q&A Session

13:15 – 14:15   Lunch Break

14:15 – 15:30   POLICY PANEL 2 on Japan-EU Cooperation: Progress Made on the EPA/FTA and SPA Negotiations

– Chair: Erik Famaey (Senior Associate, EIAS)
– Mr. Mauro Petriccione (European Commission – DG Trade, Director for Asia and Latin America)
– Mr. Julian Wilson (EEAS – Head of Division, Japan, Korea, Australia & New Zealand)
– Mr. Tsutomu Koizumi (Minister, Mission of Japan to the EU)
– Q&A Session

15:30 – 15:50   Coffee Break
15:50 – 17:30   EXPERT PANEL 2 on Japan-EU Cooperation: Regulatory Cooperation and the Impact on Industry

– Chair: Prof. Takao Suami (Waseda University)
– “Increasing Regulatory Coherence between the Mega-FTAs – a case for the TPP and the Japan-EU EPA” By Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe (Keio University)
– “Regulatory cooperation – what business is looking for in the EU-Japan FTA?” Ms Luisa Santos (Director, International Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE)
– Prof. Patrick Messerlin (IEP-Paris)
– Discussant: Frederik Ponjaert (ULB & KU Leuven)
– Q&A Session

17:30 – 17:45   Closing Keynote Address

– Chair: Prof. Mario Telò (ULB & LUISS)
– Ms Lowri Evans (Director-General, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission)

17:45   Closing Reception co-hosted by the Mission of Japan to the EU and by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation


The 18th annual Japan-EU Conference addressed major geopolitical issues as well as other key themes in the developing EU-Japan bilateral relationship. It included sessions on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Relief Cooperation and Development Assistance after the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai; Enhancing the Rule of Law at Sea; Progress Made on the EPA/FTA and SPA Negotiations and Regulatory Cooperation and the Impact on Industry.

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