Japan-Canada Relations

Japan-Canada Summit Meeting

November 18, 2018

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On November 18, commencing at around 0:10 p.m. (local time) for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the Independent State of Papua New Guinea to attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, held a meeting with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Based on prior discussions at the ASEAN-related summit meetings and the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the leaders shared the view that the two countries, as G7 members sharing fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, would promote concrete cooperation towards realizing the vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, in collaboration with the United States, Australia, India, and ASEAN member states.
  2. Prime Minister Abe explained his recent visit to China, and the leaders shared the view that it is important for China to play a responsible and constructive role in the international community.
  3. With regard to the issue of North Korea, the leaders affirmed that Japan and Canada will work together toward achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges by North Korea. In addition, the leaders shared the view on the importance of the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Prime Minister Abe expressed his appreciation for Canada's deployment of aircrafts and vessels for the monitoring and surveillance of ship-to-ship transfers, and welcomed Canada's commitment to the region.
  4. Prime Minister Abe requested Canada's continued understanding and cooperation for the early resolution of the abductions issue, and Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his support on this matter.
  5. The leaders also exchanged views on the bilateral relationship. They shared the view that they would further deepen the strategic relationship between Japan and Canada, including security and defense cooperation, by building upon the momentum provided by the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations.
  6. The leaders welcomed the entry into force of the TPP11 Agreement at the end of this year, and shared the view that Japan and Canada would continue to work together on economic and trade issues.