IIST e-MagazineIIST e-Magazine No.0280
29, June, 2018

Gaining the Initiative

Hayato Ishii
Senior Feature Writer
Kyodo News

The European Union excels at gaining the initiative in international rule-making. To export our agricultural produce, we need to take immediate note of any developments in places like Switzerland, which effectively acts as a trial ground for the rest of the EU, and get involved in rule-making right from the initial stages.
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Japan in an Era of Mega-FTAs (1)
Economic Partnerships Today

Yasuyuki Abe
Deputy Director,
Economic Partnership Division,
Trade Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Japan is working hard to ride the current wave of mega free trade agreements, with the Diet approving the TPP11 in June this year and the Japan-Europe EPA expected to go into effect by spring 2019. How should Japan respond to the recent surge in protectionism? How should the world respond? We asked the Economic Partnership Division at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
(The English version of this article will appear in late July.)
The Essence of the North Korea Nuclear Issue (2)
US-North Korea Summit Talks: Much ado about nothing

Yoji Koda
Former Commander in Chief, JMSDF Fleet

In a three-part series, former Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commander in Chief Yoji Koda explains the North Korean nuclear issue which has taken such a dramatic turn in 2018. In this second article, he overviews the lead-up to the US-North Korea summit talks on 12 June, assesses the content of the talks, and makes some suggestions as to how Japan should respond in the coming months.
(The English version of this article will appear in late July.)


* Articles are written by METI officials and specialists, economists, journalists, and experts in various fields. It should be noted, however, that views expressed do not represent the official position of the Japanese government or of IIST.

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