Japan-Canada Relations

Japan-Canada Summit Meeting

November 9, 2014
Japanese

 On November 9, commencing at 2:10 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Canada summit meeting with the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, during his visit to Beijing. The overview of the meeting is as follows:

1. Japan-Canada relations

  • (1) Prime Minister Abe stated that he was deeply shocked by the shooting in Ottawa and strongly condemned the act. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his deep condolences to the victims of the tragedy and their families. In addition, Prime Minister Abe expressed his appreciation for the kind message from Prime Minister Harper in the wake of the eruption of Mt. Ontake. In response to this, Prime Minister Harper expressed his condolences to the victims of the eruption of Mt. Ontake and also expressed his appreciation for the solidarity between Japan and Canada shown in the wake of the shooting in Ottawa.
  • (2) Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope that Japan and Canada would continue to explore the possibility of wide range of cooperation in the field of security. Moreover, Prime Minister Abe hoped that the development of export-related infrastructure in Canada and other necessary preparations would be rapidly advanced, especially for the achievement of the early realization of reasonably priced and stable imports of liquefied natural gas.

2. Ebola virus disease

 Prime Minister Abe stated that the Ebola virus disease is an issue that the international community should tackle as one and stressed the importance of not isolating any of the countries in which an outbreak has occurred. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan would provide further support of up to 100 million U.S. dollars, in addition to the support that Japan has extended thus far. In response to this, Prime Minister Harper introduced Canada’s efforts to address the issue and the two leaders shared the view that they would continue to exchange opinions toward resolving the issue.

3. TPP

 Concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the two leaders shared the view on the importance of confirming political will towards the conclusion of negotiations at the TPP Summit Meeting scheduled for the following day (November 10th).

4. China

 Prime Minister Abe explained the recent situation of Japan-China relations. Prime Minister Harper found it positive and appreciated it.

5. Other issues

 In addition to the above, the two leaders exchanged views on such issues as regional situations and the economic conditions of the two countries.