Japan-Spain Relations

June 28, 2019
On June 28, commencing at 2:50 p.m. and for about 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain, who was visiting Osaka to attend the G20 Osaka Summit, had a meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows. In addition to the two leaders, the meeting was attended by, on the Japanese side, Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, among others and, on the Spanish side, Mr. Jorge Toledo, Ambassador of Spain in Japan and others.

1. Opening Remarks

Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to work closely together, including in international fora, with Spain, which plays an important role in the EU, based on the “Strategic Partnership” between the two countries. In response, President Sánchez congratulated Japan’s proceedings of the Summit as the President of the G20 Osaka Summit and expressed his willingness to cooperate with Japan toward the successful outcome at the Summit.

2. G20 Osaka Summit

The two leaders shared the view that Japan and Spain, united with other members of the Summit, will work closely to be able to send a strong message, focused on the growth of the world economy.


With regard to the EU’s import restriction on Japanese food and feed, Prime Minister Abe requested the Spain’s cooperation for an early realization of the easing of the restriction, which was proposed by the European Commission to the EU Member States.

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