On 17 July, JBCE and AFNUM are coming together to welcome the signature of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). As representatives of a broad cross-section of industries with a global perspective, we are acutely aware of the great benefits that this agreement will bring to the societies and economies of the EU and Japan.

And also, it is the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan.

This longstanding relationship will guarantee mutual support in the coming year, as France hosts the G7 Summit and Japan welcomes G20 leaders in 2019.

JBCE and AFNUM stand ready to play a leading role in taking the Franco-Japanese relationship further into the future.