Prime Minister Kishida and Foreign Minister Hayashi’s Participation in the 3rd Tokyo Global Dialogue
On the afternoon of March 2, Prime Minister Kishida and Foreign Minister Hayashi respectively delivered video messages (pre-recorded in mid-February) at the "3rd Tokyo Global Dialogue" hosted by the Japan Institute of International Affairs. This online event was held under the theme of Contested Values, Technologies, and Oceans: Intensifying US-China Competition and International Response." The summary of their messages is as follows:
- At the opening session, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his determination to pursue "realism diplomacy for a new era" that adheres to a thorough pragmatism in an increasingly severe and complex international situation, while emphasizing the importance of upholding universal values and firmly holding aloft the flag of ideals for the future. He stated that Japan will work to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance, realize a "free and open Indo-Pacific," and develop international rules including those in the field of economic security. He also stated that Japan will assume a leading role in realizing a "world without nuclear weapons" and addressing climate change and international health issues.
- Then, Foreign Minister Hayashi gave a keynote speech on the theme of "The Prospects for Japanese Diplomacy in an International Community Marked by Deepening Division and Conflict: Oval-shaped Diplomacy."
(1) Foreign Minister Hayashi began his speech by citing the end of the Cold War and the present day as two modern turning points for the international community. He pointed out that the post-Cold War international order, in which the world enjoys the prosperity of globalization under a liberal democratic order led by the U.S, is facing various challenges today. He also stated that concerns have been growing over new threats and challenges in the security and economic fields, including those surrounding Japan.
(2) Then, Foreign Minister Hayashi advocated an "Oval-shaped Diplomacy" as the diplomatic approach that Japan should take at this new historical turning point. He referred to universal values and principles that must not be compromised and the government's mission of protecting Japan's peace and stability. He then stated that, to accomplish this mission, Japan will develop diplomacy that calmly assesses constantly changing international circumstances and, based on that, encompasses positions that at a glance are contradictory into a single oval in a gradualist manner tailored to the relevant realities and time frames.
(3) As specific examples of the approach based on the "Oval-shaped Diplomacy," he explained how Japanese-style diplomacy should be and how it will help to discover genuine solutions to issues in the four areas: security, rules-based international order, economy, and human rights..
- Since the two video messages were recorded in mid-February, in light of the subsequent changes in the situation, the latest position of the Government of Japan on the situation in Ukraine, Japan-Russia relations, and the temporary detention of a Japanese diplomat in China (annex 3 ) was read out after the messages.
[Reference 1] The 3rd Tokyo Global Dialogue
An international symposium (held online) organized by the Japan Institute of International Affairs from March 2nd to 3rd. Renowned opinion leaders and experts from 16 countries / 1 region took the stage (1300 registered viewers). The theme was "Contested Values, Technologies and Oceans: Intensifying US-China Competition and International Response."
Attachment 1: Full text of Prime Minister Kishida’s message (Japanese（PDF） / English（PDF） )
Attachment 2: Full text of Foreign Minister Hayashi's keynote speech (Japanese（PDF） / English（PDF） )
(note) Both were pre-recorded in mid-February.
Attachment 3: The position of the Government of Japan on the situation in Ukraine, Japan-Russia relations, and the temporary detention of a Japanese diplomat in China. (Japanese（PDF） / English（PDF） )