Japan-United States of America Relations

November 16, 2023
IPEF leasers' group photo IPEF Leaders' Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Prime Minister Kishida delivering a speech IPEF Leaders' Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Leaders’ meeting was held in San Fransisco, U.S. for approximately 16 minutes from 4:44 p.m. on November 16th (local time, 9:44 am on November 17th Japan time), and Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio attended the meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Participating countries also issued the Leaders’ Statement.

The IPEF Leaders’meeting was hosted by the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America, and attended by the representatives from Australia, Brunei, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.

President Biden expressed his appreciation for the signing of the IPEF Supply Chain Agreement, the substantial conclusion of the negotiations of the IPEF Clean Economy Agreement and the IPEF Fair Economy Agreement. He also stated that further progress is needed aiming for high-level trade rules, including strong labor and environmental standards.

Prime Minister Kishida expressed his welcome for the significant progress made for just 1 year and a half since its launch in Tokyo as well as U.S. active commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that, in addition to setting high-level rules and standards, it is essential to formulate concrete cooperation projects and that Japan will continue to work to offer tangible benefits to participating countries in areas where they are needed.

Representatives from Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore also welcomed this outcome of IPEF and expressed their expectations for further collablllation in the future.

(Reference1) Attendees from countries other than Japan and the U.S. (in alphabetical order)
  • Australia: Anthony Norman Albanese, Prime Minister
  • Brunei Darussalam: His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
  • Fiji: Sitiveni Rabuka, Prime Minister
  • India: Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry
  • Indonesia: Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Malaysia: Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim, Prime Minister
  • New Zealand: Hon. Damien O’Connor, Minister for Trade and Export Growth
  • Philippines: H.E. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., President
  • Republic of Korea: Yoon Suk Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea
  • Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister
  • Thailand: Srettha Thavisin, Prime Minister
  • Vietnam: Vo Van Thunong, the President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

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