Following years of stagnation, Japan's economy is finally showing signs of growth. College graduates say they're optimistic about the future.
The EU and Japan have signed an unprecedented free trade agreement which will create one of the world's largest trading blocs. European Council President Donald Tusk says it is a "clear message" against protectionism.
Japan's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter, helped by strong household and business spending and a recovery from an earlier contraction. But global trade tensions loom as a major risk to the outlook.
European member states have given the go-ahead for a free trade deal with Japan, the world's third-largest economy. Brussels said the agreement was sending "a very powerful signal against protectionism."
'Global Partners for Global Challenges' is the theme of the two-day summit in Brussels. Ministers from China, Japan and Russia have made the trip to reaffirm support for multilateral cooperation.
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