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Fifth EU/Japan Summit acknowledges increased cooperation

The fifth EU/Japan Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan, on 30 September 1996. The meeting brought together John Bruton, President of the European Council, Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, and Ryutaro Hashimoto, Prime Minister of Japan.

The Summit marked a fur...
The fifth EU/Japan Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan, on 30 September 1996. The meeting brought together John Bruton, President of the European Council, Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, and Ryutaro Hashimoto, Prime Minister of Japan.

The Summit marked a further increase in cooperation between Japan and the European Union, with both sides welcoming developments in the bilateral relationship since the last Summit, held in Paris in June 1995. Progress had been made in both political and economic cooperation, and in particular, in trade cooperation in the light of preparations for the Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization, to be held in Singapore in December 1996.

In recent years, EU/Japan cooperation has extended into a number of new fields, including industrial cooperation, science and technology, information and telecommunications, transport, environment and culture and education. It was recognized, however, that there is a need for improving information to the general public. In this context, an EU/Japan cooperation event will be held in Tokyo in 1997, following a proposal made at the Paris summit.
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