Japan-Canada Relations

June 13, 2021
Japan-Canada Summit Meeting

On June 13, commencing at 8:45 a.m. (local time; same day, 4:45 p.m. Japan time) for 30 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan held a meeting with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, while visiting the United Kingdom to attend the G7 Cornwall Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Amid the increasing severity of the security environment in the Indo-Pacific region, the two leaders shared their views on further promoting cooperation and coordination, in a concrete and robust manner, regarding the six priority areas of cooperation recently agreed to between the two countries toward the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
  2. Prime Minister Suga stated that he highly appreciates Canada's announcement of further contributions at the COVAX Vaccine Summit co-chaired by Japan. On that basis, the two leaders confirmed that they would collaborate to ensure equitable access to vaccines including through COVAX.
  3. The two leaders shared serious concerns about unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea by force or coercion. In addition, Prime Minister Suga stated that he was paying close attention, with concern, to the case of the detained Canadians.
  4. The two leaders shared concerns about North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capabilities and confirmed that full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions is essential. Prime Minister Suga requested continued support and cooperation towards the immediate resolution of the abductions issue by North Korea, and Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his support.
  5. Finally, Prime Minister Trudeau stated he was looking forward to Canada’s team participating in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and winning many medals, and Prime Minister Suga responded that he would do his best to welcome the team to the safe and secure games.

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