Japan-United Kingdom Relations
Japan-UK Summit Meeting
On May 25, commencing at 8:30 p.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-UK Summit Meeting in Shima City (Kashikojima), Mie Prefecture with the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the UK, who is visiting Japan to attend the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
1. Opening (Japan-UK relations and G7 Ise-Shima Summit)
Prime Minister Abe welcomed Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to Japan and expressed his gratitude for the hospitality during his recent visit to the UK. He also stated that he would like to work closely with Prime Minister Cameron to lead the G7 Ise-Shima Summit to a success.
In response, Prime Minister Cameron stated that he was pleased to be able to visit Japan, especially a wonderful location as Ise-Shima. Furthermore, Prime Minister Cameron stated that Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the UK was a great success in terms of advancing the bilateral relations. He also praised the excellent state of preparations for the Ise-Shima Summit and stated that it was a pleasure to be able to have discussions with Prime Minister Abe at the night before the Summit.
The two leaders affirmed that they would strengthen the Japan-UK relations in a wide range of areas, including political and security issues, as well as economic areas such as trade, investment, and nuclear energy. In addition, ahead of the discussions at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit from the next day, the two leaders held an in-depth exchange of views on the global economy, which is the primary theme of the Summit, as well as anti-corruption measures, and other topics.
2. Japan-EU EPA
Touching upon the plan to hold a side event on the Japan-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on May 26, the two leaders confirmed that it would be important for global economic growth that the G7 leaders send a strong and positive message on the promotion of mega free trade agreements (FTA), including the Japan-EU EPA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The two leaders also affirmed that they would closely cooperate to further promote negotiations towards the early realization of the Japan-EU EPA.
3. Other issues
They exchanged views on regional situations, including Russia and Ukraine, and Syria.