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The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: Making Interregional Linkages
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The European Union (EU) and Japan officially launched the negotiations on the bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in March 2013. They aim to achieve a progressive and comprehensive free trade agreement through the elimination or reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers and closer cooperation on a number of economic issues. In parallel with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks, the EU and Japan are also engaged in the negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), which covers bilateral cooperation in the political and security areas.

Since the end of the Second World War, the relations between Europe and Japan have steadily developed with a strong focus on trade and investment. After the bilateral relations suffered from trade conflicts in the 1970s, Brussels and Tokyo have sought to establish political and security ties from the 1980s onward with a series of initiatives, such as the Hague Declaration in 1991 and the Action Plan (2001-2011). Upon the completion of the Action Plan in 2011, the EU and Japan agreed to further deepen the bilateral relations through the institutionalization of economic and political commitments.

Many observers predict that a bilateral free trade agreement, if successfully concluded, will make a significant impact on global economy. Both the EU and Japan have been pushing EPA negotiations by emphasizing mutual benefits to be gained as a consequence of such a deal, for instance, economic growth, the creation of jobs, and the improvement of social welfare. However, Brussels and Tokyo will have to overcome a number of difficult challenges before reaching an agreement.By comparing key sectors in the EU and Japan, this paper analyzes how they influence the negotiation process and presents a comprehensive picture of the proposed FTA. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 108 p.
Keyword [en]
EU-Japan relations, Free trade agreement, Economic Partnership Agreement, Strategic Partnership Agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-231919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-231919DiVA: diva2:745852
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Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-11 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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