Japan-Canada Relations

January 8, 2019

On January 8, commencing at around 11:45 A.M. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that Canada intends to extend its utmost cooperation to make this year’s G20 Osaka Summit successful, and both leaders shared the recognition that both countries will closely cooperate with a view to sending a robust message at the Summit.

2. Both leaders welcomed the entry into force of the TPP 11 Agreement, and confirmed that Japan and Canada will continue to cooperate towards steady implementation and expansion of the Agreement and establish a free and open economic zone.

3. In addition, Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his concern about the issue of Canadians detained in China. Both leaders reiterated the importance of the rule of law, including in relations to the above-mentioned issue.

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