Japan-Canada Relations

February 22, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, commencing at 9:33 a.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Abe, referring to his visit to the United States two weeks ago and the thorough talks he had with President Donald Trump over two days regarding various issues including regional situations and the economy, stated that North Korea's recent missile launch was absolutely intolerable and should be addressed with a determined posture, and expressed a desire to collaborate with Canada in order to ensure the effectiveness of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau commented that he completely agreed with the opinion of Prime Minister Abe.
  2. In addition, Prime Minister Abe explained among other things that he and President Trump agreed to strengthen Japan-U.S. and regional economic relations based on the rules of free and fair trade.
  3. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau explained the outcome of his visit to the United States on February 13, and noted that he held a meaningful summit meeting with President Trump.
  4. With regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, the leaders agreed to maintain close communications with the respective countries including Canada.

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