The leading business summit for EU-Japan trade and investment, assisting companies with better understanding and unlocking the commercial opportunities arising under the world’s largest free trade agreement recently signed, known as the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).


Event Background

Japan is the EU’s second biggest trading partner in Asia after China. The EU and Japan economic zone comprise more than 600 million people with strong purchasing power, constituting nearly 30% of global GDP and 40% of world trade. 

With the EU and Japan having signed the largest free trade agreement, significant trade and investment opportunities will arise across key industries in two of the world’s most advanced economics once the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) enter into force by early 2019.  

The main sector beneficiaries include the automotive and supply industry, transport equipment, electrical machinery, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, foods and agriculture, textiles and leather goods, insurance, business and financial services.

The EU-Japan EPA Forum and Round Table Series has positioned itself as the leading business summit focused on trade and investment between EU and Japan. 

The 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum was staged by Nordstrom International in April 12, 2018 at the Royal Stock Exchange in Copenhagen in cooperation with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), The European Commission and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), and hosted by The Danish Chamber of Commerce.

The business summit brought together key policy-makers behind the EPA and a high-level international audience of 200 senior business leaders. With executive speakers from AIRBUS, Alstom, J.P.Morgan, Mizuho Bank, NEC, Ericsson, Novo Nordisk amongst others. 


 MODERATOR: Chris Clague, Managing Editor, Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalisation, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

MODERATOR: Chris Clague, Managing Editor, Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalisation, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)



1st EU-Japan EPA Forum, April 12, 2018




At the 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum, keynote speeches were given by: Cecilia Malmström, EU- Commissioner for Trade, Tarō Kōno, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, Marco Chirullo, EU’s Deputy Chief Negotiator on the EPA, Directorate-General Trade, European Commission, Yoichi Suzuki, Japan’s Chief Negotiator on the EPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark, Takehiko Matsuo, Director General for Trade Policy, Ministry of Economic, Trade and Industry (METI), Yasukazu Irino, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), amongst others.


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Supporting organisations included; Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), European Business Council in Japan (EBC), EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Confederation of German Industries (BDI), Advantage Austria, The Danish Chambers of Commerce, The Sweden Chamber of Commerce, Euro Commerce, EuroChambres, Digital Europe and others.