Japan Desk

Japan and the European Union are linked not only by a close partnership within the G7, but also by strong economic relations and shared values. The relationship between these two important trading areas was further strengthened by the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which came into force on February 1, 2019. Germany’s bilateral relations with Japan are characterised by frequent political visits and close international cooperation.

As liberal and pluralist democracies, Germany and Japan share fundamental values and have many different ties whether political, economic or social. Japan is one of Germany’s most important trading partners in Asia, and Germany is Japan’s most important partnering country in Europe. Since 2009, the volume of trade has grown steadily, reaching approximately €44.1 billion in 2018.