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Thursday, 24th April 2014

EU-Japan: Forging Strategic Ties

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

The EU and Japan share common values and principles and enjoy solid, long-term political and economic ties. Both sides believe the time has come to develop the large and unexploited potential in their relationship. Therefore, the EU and Japan are currently negotiating two agreements: a Strategic Partnership Agreement and an Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement....

The EU and Japan together account for 30% of the world's gross domestic product (GDP) and 60% of total official development assistance provided by the members of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee, which groups the world's major aid donors. Japan, with 127 million inhabitants and the world's fourth-largest economy, is the EU's second-largest trading partner in Asia after China. The EU and Japan share common values and principles (democracy, human rights, rule of law, market economics) and interests and face similar challenges (low economic growth, ageing society). While trade issues have generally represented the core of their relations, cooperation agreements have been concluded in recent years in various areas: science and technology, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, customs, fusion energy research, peaceful use of nuclear energy, and competition.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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