Japan-Canada Relations

March 3, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat at a table

On March 3, commencing at 11:50 a.m. local time (3:20 p.m. on March 3, Japan time), for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to New Delhi, India, to attend Japan-Australia-India-U.S.(Quad) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held a meeting with the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, the two ministers congratulated the 95th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada, and confirmed that Japan and Canada will continue to work closely together to realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" and to cooperate in the G7.
  2. The two ministers exchanged their views on regional issues.
  • (1) The two ministers spoke on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine that began a year ago, and concurred that they will continue to maintain the unity of the international community and impose severe sanctions against Russia and provide strong support for Ukraine.The two ministers also confirmed the importance of the engagement and support for the so-called “Global South,” stressed the importance of preventing Russia from acquring military assistance from third parties, and concurred on continuing to work closely between Japan and Canada.
  • (2) The two ministers confirmed to continue to work closely together between Japan and Canada in addressing issues related to China.
  • (3) The two ministers confirmed that they will continue coordination in responding to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues, including a ICBM launched last month, and on the abductions issue.
  • (4) The two ministers had a frank discussion on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective, and concurred to continue to work closely together.
  1. The two ministers concurred to work closely together between Japan and Canada toward the success of the G7 Hiroshima Summit and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

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