Japan-Germany Relations

November 16, 2022
Prime Minister Kishida shakes hand with Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Japan-Germany Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Photo of the Japan-Germany Summit Meeting Japan-Germany Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On November 16, commencing at 02:00 p.m. (local time, 03:00 p.m. on November 16 JST) for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Indonesia to attend the G20 Summit Meeting, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Mr. Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the continued close communication between Japan and Germany at a high level, including President Steinmeier's visit to Japan and the "2+2" meeting this month, and expressed his hope to deepen cooperation between Japan and Germany, which share fundamental values. In response, Chancellor Scholz expressed his hope to strengthen Japanese - German cooperation in a wide range of areas, including economic security. Prime Minister Kishida reiterated request for cooperation in early lifting of import restrictions on Japanese food products by the EU.
  2. The two leaders exchanged the views on regional affairs. With regard to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the two leaders shared the view that the Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons is absolutely unacceptable, nor should its use be allowed, and that they would work closely together in providing assistance to Ukraine, including in its winter preparedness. Referring to Chancellor Scholz's recent visit to China, the two leaders shared concerns over attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas, economic coercion and other concerns, and confirmed that they would work closely together to address these issues among like-minded countries. Furthermore, both leaders confirmed that they would continue to work together in dealing with North Korea.
  3. Both leaders confirmed to continue coordination and their close collaboration toward the Japanese - German intergovernmental consultations, which they agreed to launch during Chancellor Scholz's visit to Japan in April.

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