Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

April 28, 2010

 On April 28 (Wed), the Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ meeting was held for approximately 1.5 hours from 12:15 p.m. at Iikura House between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) and Vice President of the European Commission. An outline of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Minister Okada stated that 2010 is the year to restart Japan-EU relations, that Japan and the EU are global partners who share common values, that Japan-EU cooperation is vital to resolve various issues in the international community, and that he hopes to build an even more concrete and action-oriented Japan-EU relationship.

  2. Japan proposed the following matters to the EU: 1) establishing a study group to consider the future of the Japan-EU relationship, 2) considering collaboration between Japan and the EU for assistance to Afghanistan, and 3) starting discussion on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU to further strengthen the economic relationship.

  3. In response, Baroness Ashton welcomed Minister Okada’s statements, and said that she would like to continue discussion based on various views for strengthening Japan-EU relations.

  4. In addition, they exchanged their views on the issues that are mutual concern between Japan and the EU, including Asian security issues such as those involving China and North Korea, aid to Afghanistan, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation including the Iranian nuclear issue, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).