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8 November 2021

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Japan Announces Entry into Force of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on 1 January 2022, following the deposit of ratification instruments by Australia and New Zealand on 2 November 2021.

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The date of the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

On November 2, Australia and New Zealand deposited the instruments of ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (the Agreement) with the Depositary, the Secretary-General of ASEAN.

  1. The Agreement will enter into force for those Signatory States that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval, 60 days after the date on which at least six signatory States which are Member States of ASEAN and three signatory States other than Member States of ASEAN have deposited their instrument of ratification, acceptance, or approval with the Depositary. Since Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao Republic, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand, Vietnam and China have already deposited their instruments, with the deposit by Australia and New Zealand, the Agreement will enter into force among Japan and these 9 Signatory States on January 1, 2022.
  2. Japan welcomes the entry into force of the Agreement. It is expected that the Agreement will contribute to the economic growth of Japan and the region, by further strengthening the link between Japan and the region as a growth center of the world.

(Reference) Signatory States of the Agreement (in alphabetical order)

  • Member States of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, Philippines, the Republic of Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and Vietnam
  • Other signatory States: Australia, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand

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