Japan-Canada Relations

May 26, 2017
On May 26, commencing at shortly after 3:40 p.m. (shortly after 10:40 p.m. Japan time) for approximately five minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting the Italian Republic to attend the G7 Taormina Summit, held informal talks with the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the talks is as follows.   

1 Bilateral relations

Prime Minister Abe expressed his congratulations on Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and stated that he hopes to strengthen collaboration to further promote “the new era for cooperation between Japan and Canada” on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada next year.

2 Japan-Canada Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA)

The two leaders welcomed that a substantial agreement has been reached in the Japan-Canada ASCA negotiations, and shared the view that they will aim to sign the agreement promptly.

3 North Korea

(1) Prime Minister Abe explained that he hopes to advance cooperation between Japan and Canada, based upon the result of an exchange on the North Korea issues at the G7 Summit.
(2) In response, Prime Minister Trudeau praised Prime Minister Abe’s leadership on the North Korea issues, and showed his intention to advance cooperation together in various venues, including at the United Nations.

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