Japan-France Relations

December 13, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat at a table

On December 13th, commencing at 08:40 a.m. (local time, at 4:40 p.m. on December 13th, Japan time) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Geneva, the Swiss Confederation, to attend the Global Refugee Forum 2023, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Catherine COLONNA, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Colonna expressed her appreciation for the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting chaired by Minister Kamikawa last month, and both Ministers confirmed and welcomed the close cooperation that has been established. On that basis, Minister Kamikawa expressed her desire to take a further leap for the Japan-France relations by following up on the Roadmap on Japan-France Cooperation issued recently. Minister Colonna stated that following the Roadmap, she would like to further strengthen relationship with Japan, an “Exceptional Partner”.
  2. Minister Kamikawa mentioned her wish to further promote cooperation between Japan and France in a wide range of fields, including economic security working group, gender equality and municipal exchanges, and the two Ministers concurred to work together to steadily implement the Roadmap on Japan-France cooperation, including in these areas.
  3. The two Ministers concurred to continue to work closely together on regional affairs including the situation in East Asia, after having discussed them specifically.

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