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The European Union and Japan

A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation?, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul Bacon, Hartmut Mayer, Hidetoshi Nakamura


298 pages

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The EU and Japan have one of the most important trade relationships in the world. Fittingly, this book presents a detailed analysis of their bilateral regulatory environment and negotiation processes. Moreover, the two polities have also co-operated extensively in bilateral and multilateral contexts on a range of global governance issues. Nevertheless, the relationship is widely acknowledged to have significant untapped potential. Deploying the concept of civilian power, the book takes a fresh, honest and provocative look at this important relationship, in a post-Fukushima, post-sovereign debt crisis world. First the book analyses the place of EU-Japan relations within the worldviews of the Japanese and European bodies politic. Subsequently, three thematic sections evaluate their cooperation on such issues as trade, energy security, environmental politics, development, human rights, post-conflict reconstruction, health and biosecurity. The eminent scholars of the EU-Japan relationship gathered in this book offer informed, empirically rich and policy-relevant insights into the present and future prospects for the relationship.


"When war-related deaths in the world have been dramatically reduced, the world desperately needs those actors and institutions who tackle, head-on and with professional expertise, mundane daily life issues such as trade and regulations, environmental, economic and energy security issues and political, food and health security issues. The EU and Japan are among two of them. This volume is a must-read to know what civilian powers aspire and carry out."

Takashi Inoguchi, University of Tokyo and University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

"The European Union and Japan takes a long overdue and fresh look at this interregional relationship of potential considerable importance to international stability and governance. The book gathers together some of the leading scholars, both established and emerging, working in this area today in Japan, Europe and North America. This book demonstrates the continuing problems in maximising EU-Japan relations, but also demonstrates key areas of cooperation across economics, security, and a broad range of new and pressing global governance issues. It is essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners alike."

Christopher W. Hughes, University of Warwick, UK

"This excellent book could not come at a better moment. Japan and the EU are negotiating a bilateral economic partnership agreement which is much more discrete than its rivals, between Japan and the US and between the EU and the US. This book gives a precious analysis of the relatively little known existing relations between Japan and the EU in domains at the core of the negotiations."

Patrick Messerlin, Sciences Po, France

About the Editors

Paul Bacon is Deputy Director of the European Union Institute in Japan at Waseda University, and an Associate Professor of International Relations at Waseda’s School of International Liberal Studies.

Hartmut Mayer has been Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics (International Relations) at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, and a member of Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations since 1998.

Hidetoshi Nakamura is currently Associate Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, and also Deputy Director, European Union Institute in Japan at Waseda University.

About the Series

Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism series

Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism series

Established and edited by Professor Mario Teló (ULB & LUISS) and Frederik Ponjaert (ULB & Waseda), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) sponsored GEM Series published by Routledge brings together original peer-reviewed publications on: "Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism"

Each volume included in the series delves into a given dynamic shaping either the global-regional nexus or the role of the EU therein. Accordingly, the resulting international and interdisciplinary publications offer original insights into: globalisation and its associated governance challenges; the changing forms of multilateral cooperation and the role of transnational networks; the impact of new global powers and the corollary multipolar order; the lessons born from comparative regionalism and interregional partnerships; as well as the distinctive instruments the EU mobilises in its foreign policies and external relations.

The GEM Series’ edited volumes, monographs and textbooks all aim at contributing to further innovation in the fields of European Integration and International Studies. An International Advisory Board with leading scholars from across all five continents further supports the series with input and guidance.

Proposals for, and any contact about, the series in the first instance should be addressed to:

Series editor Professor Mario Teló

Series Manager Dr Frederik Ponjaert



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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European