Japan-France Relations

December 2, 2023

On December 2, commencing from 7:15 p.m.(local time, at 0:15 a.m. of December 3, Japan time) for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates to attend COP28, had a telephone meeting with H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. The overview of the summit meeting is as follows. On this occasion, the two leaders issued the Roadmap on Japan-France Cooperation under the “Exceptional Partnership” (French) (PDF)Open a New Window.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his pleasure in announcing the Roadmap that will guide the Japan-France cooperation over the next five years. He also stated that the Roadmap includes the establishment of a working group on economic security, startup cooperation, and strengthening of cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy, as well as the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Maison Franco-Japonaise. Prime Minister Kishida and President Macron concurred that the release of the Roadmap would be an opportunity for both countries to make further leap on their “exceptional partnership” in a wide range of fields.
  2. The two leaders concurred to accelerate preparations for holding a Japan-France working group on economic security early next year and welcomed the multilayered development of the Japan-France cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including through the conduct of joint exercises and concurred to continue to work together to develop Franco-Japanese relations in various fields, including innovation.

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