Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On November 3, commencing at 6:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. on November 4, Japan time), for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Munster, Germany, to attend G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held a meeting with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, the two ministers stated that they were delighted to meet in-person again following last month’s meeting. The two ministers confirmed their commitment to continue close coordination between Japan and Canada toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and regarding Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
- The two ministers exchanged their views on regional issues.
- (1) The two ministers confirmed to continue coordination in addressing various issues related to China.
- (2) The two ministers confirmed that they will continue coordination in responding to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues, such as the series of ballistic missile launches including a possible ICBM launched on November 3rd, and on the abductions issue.
- (3) The two ministers also discussed responses to the challenges of economic security including economic coercion and CPTPP, and concurred to coordinate closely.
- The two ministers then confirmed that Japan and Canada will advance concrete and strong collaboration toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
- Minister Joly also expressed interest in joining the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). Minister Hayashi explained that new participation in the IPEF would be premised on the understanding of IPEF members and that Japan would welcome participation of additional regional partners such as Canada, who share common objectives, interests and ambitions.