On 21 March 2017 President Juncker and President Tusk met the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, with the negotiations for a bilateral trade deal featuring prominently on the agenda. The EU and Japan confirmed their joint commitment to reach a swift conclusion on a bilateral trade deal and a Strategic Partnership Agreement. EU and Japanese negotiators will meet for a new round in Tokyo in April, and the process will intensify further thereafter. Alongside the trade agreement, the EU and Japan are also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement, and leaders are expected to discuss the ongoing negotiations and press ahead for their swift conclusion. This new agreement would reflect Japan's position as a key strategic partner of the EU in Asia and, alongside the trade agreement, demonstrates the partners' joint commitment to open and rules-based trade as well as to the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.