Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker added: 'Together we are making - by signing this agreement - a statement about free and fair trade, we are showing that we are stronger and better off when we work together.
This morning EU Council President Donald Tusk said of the deal: 'We are sending a clear message that we stand together against protectionism.
The foreign ministry said that by strengthening ties with the EU, Japan hopes to vitalise mutual direct investment, fight other global trends toward protectionism and enhance the stature of Japanese brands.
The deal is set to eliminate 99 percent of export levies on Japanese goods coming to the bloc with tariffs on European imports to Japan expected to remain at around 94 percent.
Once ratified by parliaments on both sides, the EU-Japan trade deal will eliminate about 99% of tariffs on Japanese goods, including on cars, from the eighth year after the deal is implemented, with tariffs scrapped on auto parts immediately.
Japan's ambassador for global economic affairs, Yoichi Suzuki, has previously said it was 'a very high priority that [the deal] enter force before the end of March 2019, ' referring to the date when Britain is set to leave the EU.
The EU - the world's biggest single market with 28 countries and 500 million people - is trying to boost alliances in the face of Trump's protectionist administration.
Without mentioning Trump by name, Tusk made sharply clear that the agreement was intended as a counterpoint to Washington's current trade policy.
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The EU said the trade liberalisation will lead to the region's export growth in chemicals, clothing, cosmetics and beer to Japan, leading to job security for Europe.
The EU officials and Japan will also look to present a united front against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium, which Tokyo has called "deplorable".
He dismissed concerns about the effect on small businesses, suggesting United States trade policy was far more problematic.
"Political uncertainty, tariffs, aggressive rhetoric, unpredictability, irresponsibility, they are the real risks for our businesses, not trade deals", he said.
Abe "has good relations with Trump, but in terms of trade, Japan has sided with the European Union", he told AFP.
The EU and Japan concluded several years of data talks in Tokyo in the margins of a bilateral summit and the deal should come into effect towards the end of this year, once the European Commission and the Japanese government have finalised details.
The signing was delayed from earlier this month because Abe cancelled going to Brussels over a disaster in south-western Japan caused by extremely heavy rainfall, with more than 200 people dying in floods and landslides.
"It is the common duty of Europe and China, but also America and Russian Federation, not to destroy (the global trade order) but to improve it, not to start trade wars which turned into hot conflicts so often in our history", Tusk said Monday in Beijing.
"There is still time to prevent conflict and chaos".
Some critics even suggested Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG chair, is now actually in charge of Brexit policy rather than Mrs May. Another change could make the EU's "backstop" on customs impossible by ruling out a border in the Irish Sea.
According to the report, among the dead are at least six Syrians, as well as Revolutionary Guards fighters stationed at the base. State news agency SANA on Sunday reported a missile strike near a strategic air base but said there were no casualties.
She now argues a referendum should "give the public a first and second preference vote, allowing a consensus finally to be found". The Chequers agreement has already led to the resignations of high-profile cabinet members David Davis and Boris Johnson .
But Afghan security forces have been struggling to beat back the insurgents amid desertions, killings and corruption. Since then, the Taliban have made substantial territorial gains across the country.
Prime Minister Theresa May blamed the Russian government for the attack, which the Kremlin has vehemently denied. Inquiries are under way to establish where the bottle came from and how it came to be in Mr Rowley's home.
He is batting.276 with six home runs and 35 RBIs for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and was selected to the Double-A All-Star Game. Tebow had been spotted with Nel-Peters last week after his sister shared a photo on Instagram with the couple.
The new kit is available from Adidas .com, United Direct and other official club stores only for a period of one week from today. Manchester United have launched their new 2018/19 season Adidas home kit through the club's official website .
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They created a three-dimensional model of the velocities of seismic waves that traveled through the planet's major cratons. Faul and his partners achieved their result following to pondering about a variation from the norm in seismic data.
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