Japan-United Kingdom Relations

May 28, 2021

 On May 28, commencing at 6:05 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. The two leaders concurred on working together to ensure the success of the G7 Summit chaired by the UK in June. They also shared the view that the G7 will unite to lead the international community to carbon neutrality by 2050 and work together to achieve global decarbonization. The two leaders also exchanged views on education for girls and other issues.
  2. Prime Minister Suga announced Japan's participation in the "Leader's Pledge for Nature" launched by the United Kingdom and other countries, and Prime Minister Johnson welcomed the announcement.
  3. The two leaders affirmed that they will cooperate to ensure equitable delivery of vaccines to developing countries including through the COVAX AMC Summit co-hosted by Japan.
  4. Prime Minister Suga conveyed Japan's determination to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in a safe and secure manner, and Prime Minister Johnson expressed his support.
  5. The two leaders reaffirmed that they will continue to work closely together to realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," and will cooperate in deployment of the UK Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific and its port call in Japan.
  6. Prime Minister Johnson expressed his appreciation for Japan's support for the UK's request to accede to the TPP11 Agreement. Prime Minister Suga stated that Japan welcomed UK's request to accede to the TPP11 Agreement and will continue to communicate with the UK to maintain the framework’s high standards.

Reference: Leader's Pledge for Nature.

 A summit-level initiative launched by the United Kingdom and other countries in conjunction with the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity in September 2020. As of April 2021, 85 countries and regions are participating, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the EU.

 The pledge lists a number of commitments, such the development and implementation of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework for adoption at the 15th Conference of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-CoP 15), which includes halting the loss of biodiversity and promoting its restoration.

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