On 13 July, in Brussels, the government of Japan held the event, “The Japan-EU EPA: Expanding our Rules-Based, Free Trading Sphere to Create Economic Opportunities for Businesses,” co-hosted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and supported by the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE).

H.E. Kazuo Kodama, the Ambassador of Japan to the European Union, and Mr. Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a Senior Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, provided keynote speeches.

And it was followed by the panel discussion, moderated by Iana Dreyer, Editor of Borderlex, featured Mitsumaru Kumagai, Executive Managing Director, Chief Economist and Deputy Head of Research at Daiwa Institute of Research, Ltd., Danny Risberg, Former Chairman of Phillips Japan and Chairman of the European Business Council in Japan, and Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director of European Services Forum.