Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

December 27, 2012

On Thursday, December 27, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia. The outline of the discussion is as follows.

  1.  At the start of the discussion, Foreign Minister Kishida stated that he intends to further promote Japan’s cooperative relationship with Australia as an important strategic partner. Foreign Minister Carr responded by saying that Japan is an important partner of Australia in the region and in the international arena, and that he intends to continue to cooperate with Japan in regard to important issues in frameworks such as the East Asia Summit (EAS), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), G20, and the United Nations Security Council.

  2.  Next, Foreign Minister Kishida stated that he intends to further strengthen security cooperation between Japan and Australia, including the trilateral cooperation with the United States. In response, Foreign Minister Carr said that Australia also places importance on cooperation with Japan in this field. The two Foreign Ministers shared the view to aim for an early conclusion of the negotiations on the economic partnership agreement (EPA) between Japan and Australia.

  3.  Furthermore, Foreign Minister Carr stated that Japan is a particularly important partner of Australia, particularly, in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. Foreign Minister Kishida commented that he is originally from Hiroshima and that he intends to proactively engage in nuclear disarmament. He stated that in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, he intends to lead discussions in the international community in cooperation with Australia.

  4.  Lastly, Foreign Minister Kishida mentioned that the launching of a missile by North Korea is a clear violation of the Security Council resolutions, and he explained Japan’s position that there needs to be an effective response by the international community. Foreign Minister Kishida also called for Foreign Minister Carr’s understanding regarding the issue of abductions. Foreign Minister Carr responded that Australia fully supports the position of Japan on these issues.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)