Keynote Speeches, Panel Debates, Panel Speeches, Industry Breakouts, Networking, One-to-One side-line Meetings, Media Interviews

“Together with Japan, we are sending a strong signal to the world that two of its biggest economies still believe in open trade, opposing both unilateralism and protectionism. The economic benefits of this agreement are clear. By removing billions of euros of duties, simplifying customs procedures and tackling behind-the-border barriers to trade, it will offer opportunities for companies on both sides to boost their exports and expand their business.”
— Ms Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum Copenhagen, April 12, 2018
“This EPA carries special importance for Japan as it is a ‘decisive tool’ in our growth strategy.”
— Mr Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan, 1st EU-Japan EPA Forum Copenhagen, April 12, 2018
“Corporate development executives are increasingly looking outside their sector to acquire new technologies, new customers, and new talent. Chief Financial Officers, Corporate Development Officers and Transaction Leaders in all sectors need to determine whether their M&A playbook is still fit for purpose”
— Brian Salsberg, Partner, Global Buy and Integrate Leader, EY

EU-Japan EPA the superhighway for Trade, Investments, Joint-Ventures, R&D, M&A and Mega-projects


Moderators: Richard Bravo, Trade Editor, Bloomberg and John Ferguson, Director of Global Forecasting and Country Analysis, The Economist (EIU). Media Partners: Nikkei Asian Review would like to offer EU-Japan EPA Forum attendees and their colleagues a free corporate trial of the Nikkei Asian Review. The Financial Times is working in partnership with Nikkei to offer Nikkei Asian Review to organisations located within the EMEA region. To discuss setting up your free trial please email:

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“Japan’s $191 Billion M&A spree is only just getting started”

Bloomberg, 6 Jan, 2019

2018 EU-Japan EPA Forum Participants

“Abenomics is incentivising Japanese companies to look for opportunities abroad. Japanese merger and acquisition deals have surged to a level not seen since 1980’s economic boom.”
— Global Finance, 23 Jan, 2019

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