On this webpage : Introduction to the BRT | Statement by the BRT co-Chairs on the outcome of the 2021 EU-Japan Summit | Magazine interview with Masaki Sakuyama, Chairman of the BRT's Japan-side | Details of the 22nd BRT annual meeting | Formal submission of the BRT's 2020 Recommendations to the Government of Japan | BRT position paper on the coronavirus pandemic | BRT statement on the Entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement | Information about the BRT role at the 2019 EU-Asia Connectivity Forum.
03/06/2021 - Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste) & Masaki Sakuyama (Special Advisor, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) - co-Chairs of the EU-Japan Business Round Table - issue a statement on the outcome of the 2021 EU-Japan Summit.
The statement was prepared by Le Groupe La Poste and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation with the assistance of the BRT Secretariat. It contains the BRT co-Chairs' reaction to the outcome of the 27 May 2021 EU-Japan Summit and the content of the Summit's official "Joint Statement" and "Towards a Green Alliance" statement.
English and Japanese versions of the BRT co-Chairs' statement are available. You can send any feedback via our contact us webform.
July 2021 - The July edition of Eurobiz Japan includes an interview with / profile of Masaki Sakuyama, co-chairman of the EU–Japan Business Round Table, chairman of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
The first part of the article entitled, Making a difference behind the scenes, looks at the BRT and its work - Mr Sakuyama's role, key issues for the BRT, reactions from the Government of Japan, BRT's 'achievements', the BRT's evolution and the involvement of the EBC in Japan.
The second part of the interview addresses Mitsubishi Electric and its activities.
Eurobiz Japan is the magazine of the European Business Council in Japan.
The EU & Japan - A New Way Forward
Photos from the day, reports, presentations and other documents are available on the 2020 event webpage.
Tweets and other social media references to the BRT annual meeting can be found on the 2020 cuttings webpage.
05/11/2020 - The 22nd annual meeting of the EU-Japan Business Round Table was a hybrid one, taking place in Tokyo, Paris & online. 41 leaders of companies and industry associations from the EU and Japan, 1 European Commissioner, 1 Minister, 1 State Minister and 1 Vice Minister from the Commission and Government of Japan discussed a wide range of issues:
During the meeting, the BRT's 2020 Recommendations to the European Commission, European Council and Government of Japan were formally submitted to METI Minister Kajiyama.
05/11/2020 - During the 2020 BRT annual meeting, MOFA State Minister Eiichiro Washio (left) watched the BRT Japan-side Chairman Masaki Sakuyama (right) formally hand the BRT's 2020 set of Recommendations to METI Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama (centre) who received them on behalf of the Government of Japan.
25/05/2020 - The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) has issued a Position Paper on the challenges posed by coronavirus, steps that it believes can and should be taken and ideas that could help rebuild the EU and Japanese economies.
The paper was prepared by Mitsubishi Electric and Le Groupe La Poste in consultation with the BRT's 55 Members. The first part of the paper summarises the challenges facing the whole world and identifies areas in which the BRT believes the EU and Japan can cooperate and show leadership. The second part of the paper suggests some steps that could help mitigate medical and economic aspects of the pandemic. The final part of the paper identifies 4 issues the BRT believes could provide opportunities for the EU and Japan as we emerge from the current crisis.
There are two versions of the Position Paper - an English one and a Japanese one. You can send any feedback via our contact us webform.
Brussels - 27/09/2019 - BRT Japan-side Chairman Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) took part in the EU-Asia Connectivity Forum - Building Bridges for a Sustainable Future event, organised by the European Commission.
Mr Sakuyama delivered the keynote address during the session on "The Standards and Norms of Connectivity". For a summary of his address and a copy of his slides, please see the BRT at the 2019 EU-Asia Connectivity Forum webpage.
01 February 2019 - To mark the entry into force of the EPA and linked SPA agreement, the EU-Japan Business Round Table issued a statement, entitled "A New Era for the EU and Japan Starts Today" and which begins...
For the full statement and links to information and practical guides aimed at helping EU and Japanese companies take full advantage of the EPA please see the EPA page of this website. The Statement is also available in Japanese and in a bilingual PDF.
17 July 2018 - BRT Japan-side Chairman, Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Danny Risberg (Chairman, EBC in Japan, for the BRT's EU-side) represent the BRT at the ceremony to mark the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and Strategic Partnership Agreement.
For information relating to previous BRT meetings, please see the annual meeting archive.
The EU-Japan Business Round Table (BRT) was established in its current form in 1999 to foster communication between Japanese and European industries. Its co-Chairmen are Masaki Sakuyama (Chairman, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) and Philippe Wahl (Chairman and CEO, Le Groupe La Poste). Its 72 members are senior executives from leading European and Japanese companies and organisations that represent a significant part of the EU and Japanese industry and cover a broad range of sectors of activity and 13 SMEs.
The BRT's main objectives are to submit recommendations to the Japanese and European Authorities so as to help develop trade and investment between the EU and Japan, and to encourage industrial cooperation in fields of common interest such as innovation, climate change, or industrial standards.
For more information about the activities of the BRT, please see the "About the BRT" page.
Should you have any questions, please contact the BRT Secretariat at the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.