SMEs in both Japan and the EU represent more than 50 % of economic output. Since 1 February 2019, the Agreement allows a strengthening of the bilateral economic relations in a market of more than 573 million inhabitants. The EU-Japan EPA offers business opportunities for SMEs as it facilitates trade and reduces costs. As a result, eliminated or reduced tariffs, in combination with a simplification of rules and provisions on investment, joint ventures and other business relationships, create important trade opportunities.
The complete text of the EPA, and Annexes can be found on the following website of the European Commission: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1684
How can EU SME exporters benefit from the EPA?Important concessions are contained in the EPA for EU exporters to Japan, including SMEs. As a result, these EU products have since the entry into force
This website and related activities are managed by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, a joint venture between the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Japanese Government's Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI).
No less than 300 web pages with up-to-date information on Japan, more than 170 reports available as well as a lot of detailed information on the Japanese business culture.