Japan-Australia Relations

July 13, 2023
Foreign Minister Hayashi shakes hands with Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia
(Photo) Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On July 13, commencing at 2:45 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting Jakarta to attend the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings, held a meeting with Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Foreign Minister Hayashi expressed his appreciation once again for Australia’s contribution to the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
  2. The two ministers confirmed that Japan and Australia share a common strategic views and a direction to peace and stability of the region, and concurred to work closely together in the framework of Japan-Australia and Japan-Australia-U.S., and steadily implement concrete cooperation.
  3. The two ministers reaffirmed that they will continue to work closely together on the response to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues including the launch of an ICBM-class ballistic missile on July 12 as well as the abductions issue.
  4. The two ministers had a candid discussion on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective and shared the view to continue to work closely together.
  5. Regarding the discharge of ALPS treated water, Minister Hayashi explained Japan’s efforts to date and that the IAEA’s Comprehensive Report concluded that the discharge is consistent with relevant international safety standards from a scientific perspective and will have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment. Minister Wong expressed her understanding and support for Japan's position.
  6. The two ministers reaffirmed the importance of Japan-Australia cooperation in the field of resources and energy.

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