Japan-Fiji Relations

Japan-Fiji Summit Meeting and Dinner

May 16, 2018
Japanese

On May 16, commencing at 6:45 p.m. for approximately 80 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, who is visiting Japan to attend the Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8), which was followed by a dinner with Prime Minister Bainimarama. The overview is as follows.

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    Photograph of the leaders shaking hands
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    Photograph of the Japan-Fiji Summit Meeting
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1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the visit by Prime Minister Bainimarama, who is visiting Japan for the first time in three years, and hoped that their meeting would serve as an opportunity to further deepen the cooperative relations between Japan and Fiji. Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked the Government of Japan for the invitation to Japan and for the warm hospitality. As this was the first meeting between the leaders following the reelection of Prime Minister Abe, Prime Minister Bainimarama wished to convey his congratulations on the reelection of the Prime Minister.

2. Prime Minister Abe announced the intention of the Government of Japan to provide a grant aid of approximately 300 million yen for maritime conservation and capacity building in disaster risk reduction, adding that the Government would continue to cooperate for the self-sustaining and sustainable development of Fiji. Prime Minister Bainimarama thanked Prime Minister Abe for the Japanese assistance provided to Fiji over many years. The leaders agreed to further promote bilateral trade and investment as well as people-to-people exchanges.

3. The leaders confirmed that they would cooperate towards the successful holding of PALM8 in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture on May 18 and 19.

4. The leaders discussed Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific StrategyOpen a New Window, and agreed to collaborate closely on important issues facing the region. In addition, the leaders shared the view that they would work together to address the regional situation, including North Korea, and enhance their cooperation in the international arena.

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    Photograph of the joint press announcement
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    Photograph of the joint press announcement
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5. The dinner following the meeting took place in a very relaxed atmosphere, during which the leaders exchanged views on a broad range of topics.