GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

The EU and Japan: A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation?

Wednesday 30 September 2015 , 16:00 - 19:00

Book Launch

EU-Japan Flags.jpgThe relationship between the EU and Japan is still one of the central axes of world order. Nevertheless, Japan and the EU sometimes look peripheral to each other and the relationship is widely acknowledged to have significant untapped potential. Deploying the concept of civilian power, the book takes a fresh look at this important relationship, in a post-Fukushima, post-sovereign debt crisis world, presenting a detailed analysis of their bilateral regulatory environment and negotiation processes.


This seminar will highlight the positive effects of joint European and Japanese contributions to global governance – how both sides can jointly respond to global challenges and how they can cooperate on such diverse issues as trade, finance, development, food security, environment/climate change, renewable energy, nuclear safety and Research & Innovation, and seek to answer the following questions:

  • Are the EU and Japan actively co-operating together, either with a declared or implicit, institutionalised, or non-institutionalised intent to lead, in the development of norms and policies?
  • Are the EU and Japan learning from each other with regard to the development of particular policies?
  • Is EU policy, or Japanese policy, providing a model/having an impact on how states or international organisations develop their own norms and policies?
EU-Japan Book Cover.jpg


16:00-16:30 Registration


16:30-16:35 Welcome by the Chair Ms Theresa Fallon, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies


16:35-16:40 Introductory Remarks H.E. Mr Keiichi Katakami, Ambassador of Japan to the EU


16:40-16:55 Presentation of the Book Dr Hartmut Mayer, University of Oxford


16:55-17:45 Panel Discussion

Frederik Ponjaert, Universite Libre de Bruxelles Mr Gijs Berends, DG Trade, European Commission Representative from DG Climate Dr Anne Haglund Morrissey, Directorate C – International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission


17:45-18:30 Q&A


18:30 Networking Reception

European Institute of Asian Studies
Rue de la Loi 67
B-1040 Brussels