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Japan and Enlarged Europe

Partners in Global Governance


Takako Ueta and Éric Remacle

Japan and the European Union are two «civilian powers» that have dramatically extended and diversified their role on the world stage and that have launched together an Action Plan dealing with peace and stability, economic, environmental, commercial and financial governance, and cultural exchanges and cooperation. Their bilateral cooperation has been intensified as well as their cross contribution to the G8 and multilateral organisations like the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. In parallel, their respective domestic and international positions have changed. The EU has integrated ten new members, adopted a Constitution and developed a security and defence policy. Japan has widened its international and security role and reorganised most of its economic policies.
Therefore, Japan and the enlarged European Union are actors and partners in the process of global governance.
This book addresses the cooperation between Japan and the enlarged European Union for a more secure world, sustainable development and global governance.
It gathers contributions from European and Japanese experts who have established a permanent network on this topic and meet every year for seminars in Brussels under the aegis of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and its Belgian member organisation Study Group on European Policies (SEP-GEPE), with the support of the Japan Foundation. The book is a joint Japanese-European contribution to the Year of Japan-European Union People-to-People Exchanges declared in 2005.
Contents: Takako Ueta/Éric Remacle: Introduction – Takako Ueta: Evolution of Japan-Europe Relations since the End of the Cold War – Éric Remacle: The European Security Strategy and Its Impact on Europe-Japan Relations – Mario Telò: The Concept of ‘Civilian Power’ in the Light of the Constitutional Evolution of the European Union – Pál Dunay: The New Neighbourhood Policy of the Enlarged European Union. A Sceptical Preliminary Assessment – Shigeo Mutsushika: The Impact of EU Policy on Its New Neighbours. The Case of the Republic of Moldova – Hiroshi Ohta: Japanese Environmental Foreign Policy and the Prospect for Japan-EU Cooperation. The Case of Global Climate Change – Willem van der Geest: The Doha Development Agenda and Its Impact on Enlarged EU-Asia Relations – Juichi Inada: Harmonisation of the Norms of International Development. The Japanese Approach to Common Goals – Hiroshi Okuma: New Directions in Japan’s Official Development Assistance – Takayuki Kimura: The EU Enlargement and the EU-Japan Economic Relationship – Maria Karasinska-Fendler: Enlarged EU and Japan Facing the Global Trade and Economic Agenda – Naoko Hirobe: Regulating «Atypical Work» in the EU and in Japan – Reimund Seidelmann: Promoting Global Governance, the G8 and the UN. Possibilities and Limits of EU-Japan Cooperation – Luk Van Langenhove/Ana-Cristina Costea: Global Governance, New Regionalism and Japan-EU Relations – Fraser Cameron: The Enlarged EU, Japan and the United States. Partners in a New Global Order?