There is actually a food and drink plan for the next four years from DEFRA and some input from newly formed DIT. This includes an additional £185m of additional sales to Japan. Japan has some big sporting events coming up offering opportunities for UK food and drink exporters.
These exports will be supported by the existing EU - Japan agreements. Whilst there is not an EU-Japan FTA at present, many important agreements are in place to ease exports. The BREXIT plan to replace these agreements is non-existent (secret).
Four important agreements have been concluded to date between the EU and Japan.
- The EU-Japan Mutual Recognition Agreement which entered into force on 1 January 2002, allows for conformity assessments in four product areas: telecommunications terminal equipment and radio equipment, electrical products, laboratory practices for chemicals and manufacturing practices for pharmaceutical.
- The Agreement on Co-operation on Anti-competitive Activities - adopted by the EU Council on 16 June 2003 - aims to facilitate EU-Japan trade and investment by securing a level-playing field between in- and outsiders.
- The Science and Technology Agreement between the EU and Japan was signed on 30 November 2009.
- The Agreement on Co-operation and Mutual Administrative Assistance (CCMAA) between the EU and Japan entered into force on 1 February 2008.