The EU and Japan have agreed to recognize each others data protection systems as equivalent, which will allow data to flow safely between the EU and Japan. Each side will now launch internal procedures. For the EU, this involves obtaining an opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the green light from a committee of representatives of the EU Member States. Once this procedure is complete, the Commission will adopt the adequacy decision on Japan. Věra Jourov, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said, This agreement will allow for data to travel safely between us to the benefit of both our citizens and our economies. I am fully confident that by working together, we can shape the global standards for data protection and show common leadership in this important area.