Japan-Germany Relations

May 13, 2022
Minister Hayashi and Minister Baerbock who talk while standing up
The state of Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On May 13, commencing at 9:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m., Japan time) for 22 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Germany to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Annalena BAERBOCK, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Germany. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Baerbock for her leadership and hospitality during Germany’s G7 presidency. Both Ministers shared the view that Japan and Germany would work closely together as this year’s and next year’s G7 presidents to respond to the situation in Ukraine, regional situations and other global issues.
  2. The two Ministers affirmed that the G7 has been working more closely and swiftly than ever to deal with Russia's aggression against Ukraine. They concurred to continue to work closely together to lead the efforts of the international community to maintain a free and open international order under the rule of law.
  3. The two Ministers shared the view that security in Europe and the Indo-Pacific is inseparable, and that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force is not acceptable anywhere in the world. Minister Hayashi also commented on the outcomes of Prime Minister Kishida’s recent visits to Southeast Asia and on his own visits to Central Asia, Mongolia, Fiji and Palau.
  4. The two Ministers shared the view to proceed with concrete coordination on bilateral relations, based on the agreement at the recent Japan-Germany summit meeting to hold the next "2 + 2" at the earliest possible date and to launch Japan-Germany inter-governmental consultations.
  5. The two Ministers also shared the view to advance cooperation between Japan and Germany in the Indo-Pacific.

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