Japan-Canada Summit Meeting
On June 8, commencing at around 9:05 a.m. (local time) for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Canada to attend the G7 Charlevoix Summit, held a meeting with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- The two leaders exchanged views mainly regarding at the proceedings of the G7 Summit commencing from the same day. They shared the recognition that since this G7 Summit would be held at an important juncture, immediately prior to the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting, it would be important for the G7 leaders to unite and send a powerful message with regard to the North Korea issue.
- Specifically, both Prime Ministers shared the view that Japan and Canada will work closely together to realize the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons, and ballistic missiles of all ranges, by North Korea. Additionally, Prime Minister Abe expressed gratitude for the recent deployment of a Canadian military patrol aircraft to prevent North Korea's sanctions evasion, including the so-called "ship-to-ship transfers," in order to thoroughly implement the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and the two leaders shared the view that they would continue to cooperate on addressing the issue.
- Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe expressed gratitude for the understanding and cooperation extended by Canada towards promptly resolving the abductions issue, and Prime Minister Trudeau once again expressed his support concerning this matter.
- The two leaders also exchanged views on issues relating to the G7 Summit such as trade issues, regional affairs, women's empowerment and gender equality.
- The two leaders also exchanged views on the bilateral relationship. They welcomed the fact that the relationship between Japan and Canada is growing steadily stronger this year, which marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, including the signing of the Japan-Canada Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), investment in Canada by Japanese automobile companies, and private-sector cooperation between the two countries in the field of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).They also shared the view that they would continue to strengthen the bilateral relationship. In addition, with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), the two leaders shared the view that it would be important for both sides to promote their domestic procedures and bring the TPP11 into force promptly.