Japan-United Kingdom Relations

June 30, 2016

On June 30, commencing at 8:50 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1 Prime Minister Abe requested that the UK and the European Union (EU) cooperate to promptly issue a clear message that could sweep away market anxiety and enhance predictability.

2. In addition, Prime Minister Abe requested that appropriate measures be taken in all areas so that there would be no adverse effects on Japanese businesses operating in the UK. He also stated that Japan would like to continue to cooperate with the UK to actively contribute to global economic growth and to rules based peace and prosperity of the international community, including Asia.

3. In response, Prime Minister Cameron stated that he appreciated the investment by Japanese companies in the UK and that he was ready to take all measures to protect those investments. He also stated that he would like to listen to voices of those businesses in the negotiation process between the UK and the EU.

4. Additionally, the two Prime Ministers shared their views that the G7 would work together to make utmost efforts for the growth of the world economy and the stability of the financial and exchange markets, based on the agreement (PDF)Open a New Window at the recent G7 Ise-Shima Summit.

5. They agreed to continue to cooperate toward an early conclusion of the ongoing negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) by the end of this year. They also agreed to continue to collaborate closely.

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