Japan-Canada Relations

April 18, 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 April 18th, commencing at 8:25 a.m., for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, who is visiting Japan to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, the two ministers confirmed that Japan and Canada will continue to work closely together to address various international issues including Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, to realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" and to cooperate in the G7.
  2. The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and East Asia. The two ministers concurred that they will continue coordination in addressing issues related to China and responding to North Korea including the abductions issue. Minister Hayashi welcomed Canada’s announcement to extend “Operation Neon,” the activities to respond to illegal ship-to-ship transfers.
  3. 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.
  4. The two ministers concurred to work closely together between Japan and Canada toward the success of the G7 Hiroshima Summit.

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