Japan-Canada Relations

February 3, 2021

On February 3, commencing at 9:15 a.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Suga expressed his hope to work closely with Canada, including at the G7 Summit in June, to strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau stated that he hoped Japan and Canada would cooperate on important issues concerning the international community.

  2. The two leaders then exchanged views on the response to COVID-19 and climate change, affirming that both countries would continue to work closely together in these areas. The two leaders also exchanged views on cooperation toward realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific and on cooperation in addressing ship-to-ship transfers by North Korea.

  3. In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on the issue of detained Canadians as well as regional affairs such as China, including the East and South China Seas.

  4. Prime Minister Suga asked for Prime Minister Trudeau’s continued support and cooperation toward the resolution of the abductions issue by North Korea, in response to which the Canadian leader expressed his support.

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