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EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012

From Confrontation to Global Partnership, 1st Edition

Edited by Jörn Keck, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Franz Waldenberger


356 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of EU-Japan relations from 1970 to the present. It charts developments over the period, analyses key specific areas of importance to the relationship, and concludes by assessing how the relationship is likely to develop going forward. Throughout, the book discusses the factors on both sides which motivate the relationship, including Japan’s concern to secure markets for its advanced industrial products, and the factors motivating current negotiations for a deeper and more comprehensive economic and cooperative partnership.


"This book provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the fifty years of EU-Japan relations. It is instructive since it also offers case studies of several trade disputes, which gives useful insights into how trade friction can be resolved […] Overall, this book can be highly recommended as essential read for business and management researchers and practitioners who are both interested in and influenced by the EU as well as developments in Japan’s economy and politics, as the current trends in what western commentators refer to loosely as ‘Abenomics’ or the policies espoused by the government led by Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The book should also find an appreciative audience among scholars researching international relations and trade policy in Europe and across the Asia-Pacific region. In the light of future FTA/EPA negotiations between the EU and Japan, this book can also be recommended as instructive reading for future international negotiators and others seeking bi-lateral diplomatic responsibilities along with international trade opportunities." - Eva Hanada, Kobe University, Japan

"…recommended reading for anyone who wants deeper knowledge of the past, present and future In Asia and the rest of the world."- Marie Söderberg The European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden

Table of Contents

Preface Jörn Keck, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Franz Waldenberger Introduction: Europe and Japan from the Common Market to the European Union Franz Waldenberger Part 1: EU-Japan Relations 1970 Onward 1. 1970-1982: Growing Difficulties and the GATT Procedure Michael Hardy 2. 1983-1987: Export Moderation as a Panacea or Can Japan Change? Rolf Möhler and Jan Van Rij 3. 1987-1990: Keeping Relations on an Even Keel Jörn Keck 4. 1990-1995: Cooperation – Developing the Policy Jörn Keck 5. 1990-1995: Trade and Economics – From Confrontation to Conversation Jörn Keck 6. 1996-2000: Consolidating a Mature Relationship Richard Wright 7. 2000-2010: Shaping a Common Future in the Decade of Japan – Europe Cooperation – Rhetoric and Policies Albrecht Rothacher 8. Forty Years of EU-Japan Relations: Were They Driven by Trade and Exchange Rate Concerns? Moreno Bertoldi Part 2: Case studies 9. A Long-running Dispute Finally Resolved: Reform of Japan’s Liquor Tax Regime Ralph Wilkinson 10. The Elements of Consensus: Liberalising EC-Japan Passenger Car Trade in the 1990s Christopher Kendall 11. The Darker Side of Market Access: Pork-Meat Trade, Harbour Management Fund and Construction (1987-1991) Albrecht Rothacher 12. The European Community and Japan Negotiating Agriculture in the Uruguay Round Rolf Möhler 13. Exploring Common Interests: Cooperation in Science and Technology Michael Hardy and Ruprecht Niepold 14. The History and Role of EU-Japan Parliamentary Exchanges Georg Jarzembowski Part 3: Looking Forward 15. The EU-Japan Relationship in Asia Michael Reiterer 16. The Dynamics in the EU-Japan Relationship Dimitri Vanoverbeke

About the Editors

Jörn Keck is a former Ambassador to Japan of the EU Commission.

Dimitri Vanoverbeke is Professor of Japanese Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Franz Waldenberger is Professor of Japanese Economy at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General