Japan-Chile Relations

May 4, 2023
Minister Hayashi and President Boric who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Minister Hayashi and President Boric who exchange opinions after having a seat

On May 4, commencing at 12:40 p.m. (local time; 1:40 a.m. on May 5 JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Santiago, Chile, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Gabriel Boric Font, President of the Republic of Chile. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his pleasure to meet President Boric for the first time. He also expressed his condolences for the extensive damage caused by the recent large-scale forest fires in the central and southern regions of Chile. Minister Hayashi then reviewed the high-level exchanges between the two countries, including the Japan-Chile summit meeting held last year on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and expressed his desire to develop bilateral relations further with Chile, an important "strategic partner" that shares values and principles, as well as to deepen cooperation in the international arena. In response, President Boric welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Chile and expressed his desire to deepen relations further with Japan, one of Chile's major partners.
  2. They exchanged views on the CPTPP, which entered into force for Chile in February, and shared the view that two counties would work closely together to maintain its high standards. They also exchanged views on the strengthening of supply chains of important mineral resources, cooperation toward global decarbonization, and exchanges in the academic field. President Boric expressed his expectations for increased Japanese investment and trade with Japan as well as the promotion of cultural exchange with Japan.
  3. They exchanged views on international affairs, including Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the situation in East Asia, and shared the view that the two countries would work together to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

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