The EU and Japan on Tuesday signed a free-trade agreement that includes removing EU barriers on Japanese cars and Japanese duties on EU cheeses and meats. They also signed an agreement that recognises EU and Japan’s data protection systems as “equivalent”. The trade deal will now have to be ratified by the European and Japanese parliaments. EU Council president Donald Tusk hailed it as “the largest bilateral trade deal ever.” Read and decide Support quality EU news Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year’s of archives. 30 days free trial.