The EU wants a trade agreement with Japan to remove trade barriers and send a message that both economies do not support protectionism, the commission said. Only by working together will we be able to set ambitious global standards. It also builds on and reinforces the high standards for the protection of personal data that both, the European Union and Japan, have recently entrenched in their data protection laws. Malmström said on twitter today a political agreement has been reached at a ministerial level on the trade deal and the remaining differences were ironed out. "Despite protectionist movements, we can send a powerful, positive message to the world through this initial agreement", said Kishida after meeting with his European Union counterpart.
"Amid moves of protectionism, we could demonstrate our commitment to raising the banner of free trade".
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem and Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan visited Tokyo last week for two days of urgent talks with Japanese officials, while Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is expected in Brussels for final negotiations on Wednesday.
The EU wine trade group CEEV "warmly welcomed" the announcement of the deal, which it hopes will reverse the falling market share of EU wine within Japan in recent years. That we believe in building bridges, not walls.
The big win for Japan is the removal of import barriers on Japanese cars and vehicle parts to Europe.
The EU says it would increase the bloc's economic output by 0.8 percent.
The deal is said to recognise the "special status" of European agricultural products - including Irish whiskey - while the export process for motor vehicles will be "significantly simplified".
The EU appears, in return, to positively evaluate Japan's concession to revise its tariffs on cheese produced in Europe.
Germany's Chambers of Commerce hailed the "symbolic power" of a deal with Japan, saying it would not only bring economic benefits in itself but also benefit world trade policy.
"The EU is more and more engaged globally", Tusk said.
He added that trade negotiations are also scheduled to be held with Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and associated states), Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and others.
"We strongly call on the global community to redouble its efforts to ensure the sustained, comprehensive and thorough implementation of all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions".
The agreement will be a model for the 21st century's economic order, the Japanese premier said. The details of the trade deal will still need to be hammered out in the coming months and the outcome of the negotiations will have to be approved by the European Parliament.
The EU has tabled a proposal to use the investment court system to settle disputes. Other areas that require further work include regulatory cooperation and the general and institutional chapters.
The plan, in negotiation for four years, will eliminate nearly all tariffs between Japan and the 28-membetr economic bloc.