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March 23, 2016, 13:00-14:45  Venue:CIGS Meeting Room3

Dr. Hanns Günther Hilpert Seminar "The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement, Economic and Political Aspects"

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on March 23, 2016 inviting Dr. Hanns Günther Hilpert, Head of Research Division of Asia in the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Germany.

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(Dr. Hilpert, Mr. Kurihara, Mr. Yamashita from the left)

Seminar outline
Title: "The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement, Economic and Political Aspects"
Speaker: Hanns Günther Hilpert, Head of Research Division of Asia in the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP)
Moderator: Jun Kurihara, Research Director, CIGS
Discussant: Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director, CIGS


Program
ProgramPDF:122KB


Presentation
Introduction by Mr. KuriharaPDF:228KB
Presentation by Dr. HilpertPDF:1016KB
Presentation by Mr. YamashitaPDF:112KB

Summary of speech and Q&A
Summary of speech and Q&APDF:304KB


Abstract of the speech
The last two decades experienced a relative decline in Japanese-European trade. The current negotiations for a Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement are meant to reverse this trend. Eventually the prospective Japan-EU free trade area could become the third largest free trade zone worldwide, only next to the TTIP and TPP. However, neither in Japan nor in Europe the current negotiations do not seem to assume a prominent status in trade policy. The negotiations even run the risk of leading into an impasse. Against this background the presenter is having a closer look on the current negotiation topics and the wider trade policy framework out of a European perspective.


Speaker's profile
Dr. Hanns Günther Hilpert
Head of Research Division of Asia, The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP)
1989-1999 Study Center Japan / Asia at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich
1999-2002 German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
Areas of Expertise:
China, East Asia, Japan, The Koreas, Foreign trade policy, International monetary policy, Natural resources management, Weapons of mass destruction / proliferation
Trade and economic relations between Europe and East Asia; North Korea