Japan-Australia Relations

January 7, 2020

On January 7, commencing at around 6 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. ABE Shinzo, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Abe expressed his condolences regarding the great damage caused by the widespread bushfires in Australia, and his hope that the situation will be settled as soon as possible. Prime Minister Abe also stated that he wishes to promote even more active bilateral exchanges at a variety of levels and to further deepen the “Special Strategic Partnership” between the two countries this year, in which Japan will host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

2. In response, Prime Minister Morrison expressed his gratitude for Prime Minister Abe’s words of condolence and explained the state of the damage caused by the bushfires. Prime Minister Morrison also expressed his intention to visit Japan early in 2020.

3. The two leaders shared the view that Japan and Australia will work closely together to further deepen the “Special Strategic Partnership”, for the stability and prosperity of the international community.

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