Telephone Conversation between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and The Right Honorable Stephen Joseph Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

June 16, 2010

Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone conversation with The Right Honorable Stephen Joseph Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, for about 25 minutes from 9:30 a.m. on June 16 (Wed) at the request of the Canadian side. The overview of the telephone conversation is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Harper congratulated Prime Minister Kan on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Japan. Prime Minister Kan thanked and said that he had visited Iqaluit, Canada, in February in his capacity then as Minister of Finance to attend the Meeting of the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. Prime Minister Kan added that he was looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Harper on the occasion of the G8 and G20 Leaders’ Meetings at the end of June.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Harper said that he was also looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Kan to Canada. Prime Minister Harper raised Canadian priorities as Chair of the G8 and G20 Summits. The two leaders exchanged views on the global economy, such as addressing fiscal consolidation, the financial crisis, achieving balanced growth, and peace and security and development issues.

  3. The two leaders shared the view that Japan and Canada have many ideas on common regarding these issues and they agreed to discuss them further of the Summits at the end of June. The two leaders confirmed that the two countries, Canada as Chair of the G8 and G20 Summits and Japan as Chair of the APEC Summits to be held in Yokohama in November, would cooperate closely with each other.

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