Relations between the EU and East Asia have consistently expanded in recent years, particularly between the EU and Japan. Against the background of negotiations on an economic and strategic partnership agreement, the EU–Japan relationship is set to become the single most comprehensive ‘region-to-state’ relationship the world has known today, accounting for more than a third of world GDP and a combined population of more than 600 million people.
This book addresses the potential role of the EU, in cooperation with Japan, to craft a stable and prosperous mode of governance in the Asian region. In today’s globalized world seemingly defined by waxing Chinese power and waning American power, the book reflects the lack of appreciation for an EU-Japan concert in maintaining and developing multilateral principles. It aims towards fortifying this relationship by acknowledging that in order to enhance the credibility and capabilities of such an alliance, it is necessary to take stock of where the partnership stands today, what kind of obstacles still need to be overcome and which options have been left untouched.
By introducing state-of-the-art empirical research in multiple fields, this book will be of key interest to students and scholars of international relations, comparative regionalism, the European Union and Japanese politics.
Introduction [Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Takao Suami, Takako Ueta, Nicholas Peeters and Frederik Ponjaert] Part I: Europe and Japan in East Asia: A Focus on Law and Security 1. Japan-Europe Security Cooperation: A View from Japan [Takako Ueta] 2. Legal Construction of an East Asian Community: Is it Worth it? [Tamio Nakamura] 3. The EU’s Security Interests in East Asia: Japan as a Strategic Partner? [Michael Reiterer] 4. Evolving Japanese Security Strategy [Elena Atanassova-Cornelis] 5. Building an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Asia: the European Experience and Japan’s Role [Makako Ikegami] Part II: EU-Japan Cooperation in Practice: Explaining Key Issues in a Dynamic Relationship 6. Japan’s Relations with the EU in a Changing World [Takako Ueta] 7. The Weakest Link: Problems and Potentials of Unbalanced Investment Relations between the EU and Japan [Ken-ichi Ando] 8. Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development Cooperation: Comparing European and Japanese Approaches [Hanne Knaepen] 9. Intellectual Property Rights and Parallel Importation in the Context of the EU-Japan Trade Relationship [Takao Suami]