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As the international system undergoes a major overhaul, Japan is emerging as one pillar of the multilateral rules-based order. Despite being often perceived as a declining country, it remains the world's third largest economy and, as a member of the RCEP, CP-TPP and the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, plays a key role in trade liberalization and norms shaping. In recent years, Tokyo has also demonstrated a proactive diplomacy, especially in the Indo-Pacific area where it is one of the core stakeholders. In this regard, Japan has become a major partner for Europe and for France. 

Through its research activities, Ifri's Center for Asian Studies aims to provide a better understanding of Japan's action in the world and to foster the dialogue and cooperation between France and Japan.

Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies

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Céline PAJON

Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Claude MEYER

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

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13/04/2021

Let’s face it: while there are growing expectations for a French and European enhanced engagement in the Indo-Pacific, when Europeans step up their commitment, or express their willingness to do so, they are often met with disdain, on the ground that they would not make a big difference in...

22/12/2020

During his term in office (2012-2020), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought to demonstrate Japan's high level of interest in Africa, including by pledging a total of $ 60 billion in financial support at the 2013 and 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) summits and...

10
Dec
2019
Tuesday 10 December 2019
from 09:30 to 12:15 - Ifri Conferences

In December 2018, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) were formally adopted, entering into force in February 2019 and opening an era of unprecedented cooperation between the two players.