Japan-Ukraine Relations

September 9, 2023
Minister Hayashi who shakes hands with Minister Kuleba before the Foreign Ministers' Meeting
Minister Hayashi and Minister Kuleba who have a talk
Minister Hayashi and Minister Kuleba who hold a joint press announcement

On September 9, commencing at 2:20 p.m. local time (same day, 8:20 p.m. JST) for approximately 1 hour, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Ukraine, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Dmytro KULEBA, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kuleba welcomed Minister Hayashi to Ukraine, noting that they had previously held meetings in various other places. In response, Minister Hayashi stated that he had long wanted to visit Ukraine after having received an invitation from Minister Kuleba. Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude for cooperation from the Ukrainian side in making his visit possible. Minister Hayashi stated that he visited Bucha and directly touched on the tragedy, and that it had renewed his determination that Japan will stand with Ukraine. Minister Kuleba explained the efforts of the government of Ukraine, such as cooperation with the international community including the Global South, regarding Russia's aggression against Ukraine. The two ministers shared the view that they would continue to strengthen cooperation between the two governments on the occasion of this visit.
  2. Minister Kuleba also welcomed that the Japanese companies accompanied Minister Hayashi's visit to Ukraine. Minister Kuleba stated that he would like to follow up on the interests of each company and achieve concrete results. In response, Minister Hayashi stated that the Japanese companies that accompanied him this time were only a few of the companies that are interested in Ukraine, and that he would like to cooperate to achieve results. The two ministers shared the view that they will strengthen cooperation toward next year's Japan-Ukraine Conference for the promotion of Economic Reconstruction. Minister Kuleba also welcomed the announcement from Minister Hayashi that the government of Japan has decided to reopen the JICA’s branch Office in Kyiv in the near future.
  3. The two ministers exchanged views on international situations, including the situations in East Asia and on cooperation in the international arena.
    Minister Hayashi explained Japan's position on the recent discharge of ALPS treated water into the sea, referring to the assessment in the IAEA's comprehensive report. In response, Minister Kuleba expressed his support for Japan's position on ALPS treated water and cooperation with international organizations.

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