EU – Japan Reach Agreement on Cooperation: Long Day’s Journey Into What?

Issue & Policy Briefs June 15, 2011, No. 70

Far away from Libya, Afghanistan and other hot spots that monopolize the interest of the media, the political leaders of the EU and Japan met on May 28 and signed two new agreements on EU–Japan collaboration. The agreements replace the 2001 EU–Japan Action Plan that was soon to expire. The EU
and Japan have great ambitions to have a say in the world but the agreements indicate that EU–Japan
collaboration has lost steam.