Japan-Australia Relations

November 2, 2021
Japan-Australia Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On November 2, commencing at 2:20 p.m. local time (at 11:20 p.m. JST) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the United Kingdom to attend the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), held a Summit meeting with the Hon Scott Morrison, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. The two leaders concurred on working together to raise the "Special Strategic Partnership" between the two countries to a higher level, toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”. Both leaders also reaffirmed the importance of advancing not only bilateral cooperation, but also cooperation between Japan, Australia, India and the U.S., as well as between Japan, Australia and the U.S.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida expressed his respect for Australia's commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, which was recently announced by Prime Minister Morrison. The two leaders concurred that they would continue to cooperate on global issues such as climate change.
  3. The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation of North Korea, including nuclear and missile-related activities. They confirmed that they would continue to work together on the response to North Korea, including the abductions issue.

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