The INTER-Japan Partnership Framework Agreement (VPA) is also back on the agenda under this limitation. The agreement – sometimes on and off bilateral framework negotiations between the EU and Japan over the past three to five years – would create the legal framework for Japan`s institutionalised contributions to the EU`s Common Security and Defence Policy (PSDC) missions. However, EU sources warn that the agreement still has a long way to go before it can be accepted, as the two sides still do not agree on the modalities and modus operandi of the contribution of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to PSDC missions. Brussels and Tokyo, however, have not yet abandoned the VPA and now want to focus on Japanese contributions to civilian PSDC missions. Food trade statistics:ec.europa.eu/info/sites/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/agrifood-japan_en.pdf The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement also strengthens free trade as a whole and sends a strong message against protectionism. The federal government supports the EU`s ambition to use modern and ambitious free trade agreements to develop global trade policy and set high standards, including for sustainable trade. Japan and the European Union (EU) launched the new year with a triple success. In addition to the entry into force on 1 February of the world`s largest free trade agreement, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the creation of the «world`s largest safe data flow space» and the partial implementation of the EU-Japan STRATEGIC Partnership Agreement were also carried out. The three strategic, economic and digital agreements are at the heart of potentially the most important bilateral relations in terms of the protection and promotion of free trade, multilateralism and rules-based order. The agreement clearly promotes the fight against climate change and includes measures to combat climate change. It obliges both countries to implement the Paris Agreement. The EPA was linked to the creation of a secure data flow space between the EU and Japan. On 23 January, the European Commission adopted a adquacy decision on Japan certifying the equivalence of its data protection standards so that the personal data of European citizens can be freely transferred to Japan.
The Japanese government has taken a decision on the EU, giving life to an idea of a 21st century agreement. Businesses can now move data between the EU and Japan, creating new opportunities for both digital markets. The final piece of the puzzle is the STRATEGIC partnership agreement BETWEEN the EU and Japan (SPA). While the G.S.O. will not enter into force until the agreement has been ratified or approved by all EU Member States, parts of the agreement have been applied on an interim basis since 1 February. The G.S.O. is based on common values and principles such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights. The peculiarity of the agreement is the legally binding nature that separates it from the sea of rhetorical «strategic partnerships» that the EU maintains with other important countries.