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Japan partnership kicks in

A trade agreement between the EU and Japan, and an associated strategic agreement that covers research cooperation among other things, have started to come into effect.

The strategic partnership agreement, which was signed off in July 2018, provisionally began to apply from 1 February, alongside the start of an economic agreement that the Commission said created “the largest open trade zone in the world”.

“The parties shall enhance cooperation in the area of science, technology and innovation with special emphasis on priorities of mutual interest,” the strategic agreement says. It specifically refers to ICT research networks, low-carbon R&D and agriculture research.

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