Japan-Australia Foreign Ministers' Meeting
December 9, 2022
On December 9, commencing at 5:30 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia, who was visiting Japan to attend the tenth Japan-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations (“2+2”). The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Foreign Minister HAYASHI welcomed Foreign Minister Wong’s visit to Japan. He stated that, as both leaders concurred at the leaders’ meeting in October, Japan and Australia have become central pillars of coordination among like-minded countries in the Indo-Pacific region, and the "Special Strategic Partnership" between Japan and Australia has been elevated to a new dimension.
- The two ministers had a frank discussion on regional affairs and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective, and shared the view to continue to work closely together.
- The two ministers also exchanged their views on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and confirmed to continue to work together between Japan and Australia.