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Mexico-Japan
Text of the agreement
  Background and Negotiations
   

As early as 1999, Japan created a Committee for Closer Economic Relations between Japan and Mexico within the Japan External Trade Organization. This body released a report in 2000 concluding that a free trade agreement would be an effective means for strengthening economic ties between the two countries.

On 5 June 2001 the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Japan established a bilateral commission composed of academics, and members of the public and private sectors. The Japan -Mexico Joint Study Group on the Strengthening of Bilateral Economic Relations to explore and study measures to cement trade and investment relations between Japan and Mexico and to analyze the desirability of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. Meetings were held on seven occasions.

On 25 July 2002, the Joint Study Group released its final report, which contains a comprehensive set of conclusions and recommendations concerning the liberalization of trade in goods and services, government procurement, and investment. The governments of Japan and Mexico subsequently decided to launch negotiations to conclude a bilateral agreement, including the elements of a free trade agreement, to strengthen their bilateral economic relations and revitalize their economies.

The Mexico-Japan Agreement for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership was signed on 17 September 2004.

Documents relating to the negotiations
17 September 2004 Mexico City, Mexico. Joint Statement on the occasion of the Signing of the Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic PartnershipPDF
17 September 2004 Implementing Agreement pursuant to Article 132 of the Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic PartnershipPDF
05 March 2004 Tokyo, Japan. Fourteenth round of negotiations SpanishPDF
30 January 2004 Tokyo, Japan. Thirteenth round of negotiations SpanishPDF
05 December 2003 Mexico City, Mexico. Twelfth round of negotiations SpanishPDF
  Mexico: Summary of first ten rounds of negotiations Spanish
15 May 2003 Mexico City, Mexico.Third round of negotiationsPDF
19 February 2003 Tokyo, Japan.Second round of negotiationsPDF
  Joint Press Statement. The Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic PartnershipPDF
27 October 2002 Los Cabos, Mexico. Joint Announcement of the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the United Mexican States on the initiation of negotiations for concluding a bilateral agreement to strengthen their economic partnershipWord
July 2002 Japan-Mexico Joint Study Group on the Strengthening of Bilateral Economic Relations Final ReportPDF
April 2000 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Committee for Closer Economic Relations between Japan and MexicoReport on Closer Economic Relations between Japan and MexicoWord
Source: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO); Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Secretaría de Economía de México

  Entry into Force
   

The Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership entered into force on 01 April 2005.

Documents relating to the entry into force
01 April 2005 Celebration of entry into force of EPAPDF
03 March 2005 Exchange of Diplomatic Notes for the Entry into Force of the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)PDF
18 November 2004 Mexican Senate approves Agreement SpanishPDF
Source: Canal del Congreso de México; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

  Implementation of the Agreement
   

Article 165 of the Mexico-Japan EPA creates a Joint Committee composed of representatives of the Governments of the Parties to the agreement to review the implementation and operation of the Agreement. The first committee meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan, on the date of entry into force of the Agreement. At this meeting, the Committee established the rules and procedures of the Joint Committee, adopted the Uniform Regulations and established a number of sub-committees.

In June 2006 the uniform regulations were updated. In September 2006 Mexico and Japan signed a Protocol to the EPA Agreement Related to Improvement of Market Access Conditions Based on Paragraphs 3 and 5 of Article 5.

On 21 February 2011 Japan and Mexico held the sixth meeting of their Joint Committee. The Vice-Ministers confirmed the conclusion of re-consultations to improve market access for agricultural products and accelerating tariff reductions for some industrial products. They also agreed to introduce new disciplines in the EPA. The Protocol Amending the Economic Partnership Agreement between Mexico and Japan was signed in Mexico City on 22 September 2011.

Documents relating to the Implementation of the Agreement
23 September 2011 Signing of the Protocol Amending the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement PDF
  Text  of the Protocol Amending the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement PDF
22 February 2011 Broadening of the Mexico-Japan Economic Partnership (EPA) PDF 
21 September 2006 Protocol between Japan and the United Mexican States Related to Improvement of Market Access Conditions Based on Paragraphs 3 and 5 of Article 5 of the Agreement between Japan and the United Mexican States for the Strengthening of the Economic PartnershipPDF
June 2006 Updated Uniform RegulationsPDF
01 April 2005 Tokyo, Japan.First meeting of the Joint CommitteePDF
October 2005 Annex 6. State Reservations for Existing Measures Notified by the Government of the United Mexican States to the Government of Japan pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 66 of Chapter 7 (Investment) and paragraph 2 of Article 101 of Chapter 8 (Cross-Border Trade in Services) of the Agreement Between the United Mexican States and Japan for the Strengthening of the Economic Partnership (Agreement)PDF
01 April 2005 Uniform RegulationsPDF
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Decisions of the Joint Committee
02 March 2012 Decision Nº 11 Spanish PDF New!
23 February 2012 Decision Nº 10 Spanish PDF New!
11 abril 2007 Decision Nº 8 Spanish PDF
03 May 2006 Decision Nº 7 Spanish PDF
03 May 2006 Decision Nº 6 Spanish PDF
03 May 2006 Decision Nº 5 Spanish PDF
01 April 2005 Decision Nº 4 Spanish PDF
01 April 2005 Decision Nº 3 Spanish PDF
01 April 2005 Decision Nº 2 Spanish PDF
01 April 2005 Decision Nº 1 Spanish PDF
Source: Secretaría de Economía de México

  Related Articles and Studies
   
08 May 2008 Secretaría de Economía de México. Evaluación del AAE México-Japón spanish pdf
31 March 2008 Secretaría de Economía de México. Artículo aniversario acuerdo México-Japón spanish pdf
March 2005 Secretaría de Economía de México. Resumen del Acuerdo para el Fortalecimiento de la Asociación Económica entre los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y Japón SpanishPDF
September 2004 Secretaría de Economía de México. Acuerdo de Asociación Económica México-Japón SpanishPDF
March 2001 Secretaría de Economía de México. Proceso de las Negociaciones entre México y Japón rumbo a la firma de un acuerdo de asociación económica SpanishPDF
April 2000 Subsecretaría de Negociaciones Comerciales Internacionales, SECOFI. México y Japón: Las Oportunidades del Libre Comercio SpanishPDF

  Sources
   
 

Spanish version 
Recent Developments
  02 March 2012. Decision Nº 11 of the Joint Committee new!

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