Japan-Thailand Relations

October 23, 2019
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On October 23, commencing at around 0:20 p.m. for 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of Prime Minister Prayut’s visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Those who attended from the Japanese side included Mr. Nishimura Akihiro, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and, from Thailand, Mr. Bansarn Bunnag, Thai Ambassador to Japan.

1. Bilateral Relations

Prime Minister Abe welcomed the visit to Japan by Prime Minister Prayut, following the visit in June this year on the occasion of the G20 Osaka Summit, and stated that “Japan would like to offer the utmost cooperation towards the success of the coming ASEAN-related Summit Meetings, for which Thailand is the chair.”

Prime Minister Abe also stated on the bilateral relations that “the good relationship between the Imperial and Royal Families is the foundation of the relations between Japan and Thailand” and that “I hope the relationship will further develop under the reign of the new Emperor and King.”

Prime Minister Prayut responded to this by congratulating the Enthronement Ceremony and wishing for the further development of the Thai-Japanese relations.

Prime Minister Prayut also expressed words of sympathy for the recent damage from Typhoon Hagibis (No. 19).

2. Others

The two leaders exchanged views on the upcoming ASEAN-related Summit Meetings in November 2019 in Bangkok. Prime Minister Abe stated that “We would like to send a concerted and robust message on the North Korean issues, including the abductee issue.” In addition, they exchanged views on a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, Japan-Mekong cooperation, cooperation for the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor in Thailand, RCEP negotiations and the TPP11.

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