Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 9: The EU–Japan cooperation: sluggish but gradual and stable road to strategic partnership
The European Union and Japan made effort to expand their cooperation in the second half of the twentieth century. However, their endeavours to develop the mutual relations into a more substantive and strategic cooperation did not substantiate up until two decades ago. The EU–Japanese case of strategic partnership is an interesting example of a pragmatic and genuinely goal-oriented cooperation between two high-profile regional but also international actors. The catalogue of cooperation goals and domains between the EU and Japan is relatively extensive, with economic links, information technologies and science-related cooperation representing the most salient ones. This chapter explores numerous examples and instances of this result-oriented strategic cooperation.
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