Japan-Norway Relations

Japan-Norway Summit Meeting

July 8, 2017
Japanese

  • photo1: Japan-Norway Summit Meeting
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1. Overview

(1) The two leaders shared the view that they would further advance the cooperative relationship in a broad range of fields including ensuring the rule of law at sea, as well as the policies on the Arctic.
(2) Prime Minister Abe explained that he would like to maintain the amicable cooperative relationship in the field of whaling.

2. Bilateral relations

(1) Both leaders shared the view that they would promote cooperation in a broad range of fields including women’s empowerment and innovation, on the basis of the close relationship between the Imperial Family of Japan and the Royal Family of Norway. (2) Prime Minister Abe explained that the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) would be held in Tokyo this year also, and the two leaders confirmed that they would continue to cooperate for the achievement of gender equality in the world.

3. Regional affairs

(1) With regard to the situations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, the two leaders shared the view that they would continue to work closely together to maintain the international order based on the rule of law. Furthermore, they also exchanged views on the bilateral relations with China. (2) With regard to North Korea, the two leaders confirmed that in light of North Korea’s ballistic missile launch on July 4, they would need to strengthen pressure on North Korea. Prime Minister Abe also requested understanding and cooperation on the early resolution of the abductions issue. (3) With regard to Russia, Prime Minister Abe explained the recent Japan-Russia relations, and Prime Minister Solberg also explained Norway’s relationship with Russia.

4. The United Kingdom (U.K.)’s exit from the European Union (EU)

The two leaders shared the view that they would work closely together to encourage the U.K. and the EU to minimize the impact on companies by the U.K.’s exit from the EU.