Japan-Argentina Relations

April 2, 2016
Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
On Friday, April 1, from 3:18 p.m. to 3:42 p.m. (local time), Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is currently in Washington DC to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Mauricio Macri, President of the Argentine Republic. The overview from the meeting is as follows.

1 Opening remarks

(1) Prime Minister Abe congratulated President Macri on his inauguration and formation of a new government, and explained that Japan supports and has expectations for the open, free economic policy adopted right after President Macri took office and Argentina's return to the international economy and global stage. 

(2) President Macri commented that the two countries have an important relationship with a long history and shared values and expressed his hope for the meeting to strengthen relations between the two countries. 

2 Bilateral political relationship

(1) The two leaders agreed to promote high-level dialogue and visits between the two countries. 

(2) The two leaders agreed to resume policy discussions at the senior official level aimed at achieving closer cooperation in dealing with regional and international issues.

3 Bilateral economic relationship

(1) The two leaders confirmed the importance of the Japan-Argentina Joint Committee on the Economy as a forum for dialogue by business communities in the two countries amid high expectations that Japanese companies have for Argentina's economic potential. The two leaders also agreed to create a discussion framework led by the two Governments which includes participation by the business world and thereby promotes investment, trade developments, and efforts to improve the business environment. 

(2) Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope for President Macri to exercise leadership in making the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) an entity that is open to non-regional parties and has interest in stimulating dialogue between Japan and Mercosur.

4 Cooperation in international affairs

The two leaders exchanged opinions on terrorism, the situation in North Korea, and other topics and confirmed their cooperation toward the achievement of regional peace and stability. Prime Minister Abe explained the policy of ''Proactive Contribution to Peace,'' which is based on Japan's international cooperation, as well as Japan's ''Legislation for Peace and Security'' initiatives, and President Macri commented that Argentina intends to cooperate with Japan in all areas related to international peace.

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