Japan-Poland Relations

January 8, 2024
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shakes hands with President Duda
Courtesy call on President Duda

On January 8, commencing at 3:30 p.m. local time (same day, 11:30 p.m. JST) for approximately 45 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during her visit to the Republic of Poland, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Andrzej DUDA, President of the Republic of Poland. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that she was delighted to meet President Duda for the first time. She stated that Poland is a strategic partner who shares values and principles, and that she would like to work closely together to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law. She expressed gratitude for receiving words of condolences on the Noto Peninsula Earthquake.
  2. In response, President Duda stated that he would like to welcome Minister Kamikawa on her first visit to Poland. Both sides reaffirmed that the strategic partnership between the two countries is developing steadily.
  3. As this year marks the 30th anniversaries of the founding of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology and the opening of the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology (the “Manggha” Museum) in Krakow, the president's hometown, both sides shared the view to use these events as an opportunity to further deepen bilateral relations, including in the economic field.
  4. Furthermore, Minister Kamikawa stated that she hopes to cooperate with Poland, “the leading country in Central and Eastern Europe,” through regional multilateral mechanisms such as Bucharest Nine (B9) and Three Seas Initiative (3SI), which are dramatically increasing in geopolitical importance.
  5. Both sides also discussed regional affairs, including the situation in Ukraine and East Asia, and shared the view that they would continue to work closely together.

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