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Japan | Brussels, 11 July 2018

EU-Japan investment negotiations

The EU Chief Negotiator for investment protection, Maria Martin-Prat, met today with the new Japanese Chief Negotiator, the Deputy Assistant Minister, Teiji Hayashi, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, following discussions at technical level, to continue negotiations on investment protection standards and dispute resolution.

Discussions focussed on the main elements of investment protection. In this respect, while acknowledging a large degree of convergence on investment protection standards, the chief negotiators noted that further discussions would be needed in order to bridge differences in the positions between the two sides, in particular with regard to the mechanism for resolving investment protection disputes.

The chief negotiators reiterated the importance of the negotiations and their intention to conclude the talks swiftly, in light of their shared commitment to a stable and secure investment environment in Europe and Japan. The next negotiating meeting is planned to take place in Tokyo in late autumn.


On 18 April 2018 the European Commission presented to the Council the outcome of the negotiations for an EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement which were finalised in December 2017. This is the first step towards the signature and conclusion of this agreement. Separate negotiations on investment protection continue in parallel.

The EU-Japan Trade agreement

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