Latin America and the Caribbean

Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the Republic of Chile

August 1, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Republic of Chile and participated in events in Santiago from July 30 to 31. An overview of the outcomes is as follows. (This is the first visit of a Japanese Prime Minister to Chile in 10 years, after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit in 2004 (for the APEC Leaders' Meeting), and the first visit in a bilateral context in 18 years, after Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's visit in 1996).

1. Main itinerary

July 30

  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Informal meeting with Chileans of Japanese descendants Informal meeting with business leaders of Chilean and Japanese companies Inauguration ceremony for the Caserones mine

July 31

  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Japan-Chile Trade and Investment Forum Visit to Japanese Garden Wreath laying ceremony Welcome ceremony Japan-Chile Summit Meeting (small meeting) Japan-Chile Summit Meeting (expanded meeting including representatives from the private sector) Joint press announcement Ceremony to announce the signing of a memorandum and other documents Luncheon hosted by H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile

2. Japan-Chile Summit Meeting

  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
(1) Opening remarks
At the beginning, President Bachelet welcomed the visit of the current Japanese prime minister to Chile. Prime Minister Abe expressed gratitude for the cordial welcome he received from President Bachelet and the people of Chile. Prime Minister Abe also referred to the history, explaining that his grandfather, Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, visited Chile on the same day 55 years ago, in July 1959. Both leaders confirmed that they would further enhance the bilateral relationship.
(2) Economic relations
The two leaders welcomed that the two countries are partners that share values such as democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights, and that in the traditionally friendly economic area, a desirable economic relationship has been being built since the Japan-Chile EPA entered into force in 2007.
The two leaders confirmed that bilateral economic relations will be further promoted via exchanges of views at EPA committee meetings etc., along with confirming cooperation on concluding the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) promptly.
Prime Minister Abe explained that Japanese companies are interested in investing in Chile’s mining sector and infrastructure, and that he hopes that Chile’s investment environment will continue to improve. President Bachelet stated that she would welcome investment in Chile by Japanese companies more than before.
Prime Minister Abe expressed that the Government of Japan places an emphasis on  stronger ties with the Pacific Alliance, which shares values and continues to grow, and wants to cooperate as a partner of the Pacific Alliance in its development in Asia.
(3) Cooperation in the international arena
The two leaders also confirmed they would cooperate in addressing challenges in the international community.
The two leaders confirmed the importance of continuing to carry out United Nations Security Council reform, and exchanged views on cooperating on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in the climate change field and in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation.
(4) International affairs
Prime Minister Abe explained Japan’s security policies from the standpoint of a “proactive contribution to peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, and the recent Cabinet decision on policies on the development of seamless security legislation, and President Bachelet indicated that she welcomes those policies.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the East Asia situation, and particularly, about North Korea, they shared the view that they will continue to exchange views in order to resolve the nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

3. Other matters

  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
  • Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Following the Summit Meeting, at a luncheon (12:50-2:20 p.m.) hosted by President Bachelet, the two leaders exchanged views on advancing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on disaster risk reduction and promoting science, technology and academic exchanges, student and sport exchanges etc.
Prime Minister Abe explained the policies being promoted by the Abe administration in order to utilize the power of women for economic growth, and President Bachelet indicated that she welcomes those policies.
Following the meeting, a joint statement (PDF) on Prime Minister Abe's visit to Chile was issued.