On May 19th, commencing at 8:05 am, for 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who is visiting Japan to attend the G7 Hiroshima Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Prime Minister Kishida thanked Prime Minister Trudeau for the warm hospitality extended to him during his visit to Canada this January and said that it is a great pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Trudeau in Hiroshima, which is his hometown. Prime Minister Kishida also expressed his gratitude for Canada’s generous and humanitarian support to evacuate Japanese nationals from Sudan. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his pleasure to visit Japan and thanked Prime Minister Kishida for his leadership as the chair of G7, and stated that he would like to work together to further strengthen Japan-Canada relations.
- The two leaders concurred that at the G7 Hiroshima Summit, Japan and Canada will work together to demonstrate to the world the G7’s unwavering solidarity in addressing the various challenges facing the international community.
- The two leaders exchanged their views on the situation in East Asia. The two leaders concurred that they will continue close coordination in addressing issues related to China and responding to North Korea including the nuclear and missiles issue and the abductions issue.
- The two leaders exchanged their views on the situation in Ukraine, and confirmed that the G7 including Japan and Canada will continue to coordinate closely to impose sanctions against Russia and provide support for Ukraine. Furthermore, the two leaders concurred to work together on the engagement with the Global South.
- The two leaders had a candid discussion on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective, and concurred to continue to work closely together.
- The two leaders welcomed the steady progress on implementing “Japan-Canada Action Plan contributing to a free and open Indo-Pacific region” such as holding the official negotiation on General Security of Information Agreement, and the two leaders concurred to work together towards realizing a FOIP including accelerating the cooperation on battery supply chain and industrial science and technology. The two leaders also concurred on the launch of official negotiations on a Treaty between Japan and Canada on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, and welcomed the fact that Japan-Canada cooperation covers wide range of areas.