Canada is committed to enhancing its strategic partnership with Japan, both bilaterally and within the dynamic and rapidly growing Indo-Pacific region.
The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today met with Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, in Tokyo.
Reflecting on their deep bilateral relationship, strengthened by shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as rich people-to-people and cultural ties, the two ministers agreed on a plan ambitious action plan of initiatives to advance countries’ common priorities and contribute to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The action plan provides a roadmap for future bilateral cooperation in six areas: 1) rule of law 2) peacekeeping operations, peacebuilding and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief 3) energy security 4) health security and response to COVID-19 5) promotion of free trade and the implementation of trade agreements; and 6) environment and climate change.
Minister Joly reiterated Canada’s commitment to strengthening our engagement and deepening our cooperation with Japan on a wide range of issues such as support for the rules-based international order, including the rules, supply chain resilience, climate change, misinformation and economic growth. Minister Joly reiterated Canada’s commitment to contributing to Japan’s economic security and our commitment to be a reliable supplier of energy, food, essential minerals and emerging technologies.
Ministers welcomed the launch of negotiations for a comprehensive information security agreement that will facilitate information sharing and support defense procurement. The Agreement will help deepen Canada’s security cooperation with Japan by improving interoperability between Canadian and Japanese armed forces.
Ministers reiterated their condemnation of Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. They also strongly condemned Russia’s continued attacks on Ukrainian civilians and civilian infrastructure. They pledged to continue working together and within the G7 to maintain coordination and unity in response.
Ministers expressed concern about the human rights situation in Iran and Minister Joly underscored Canada’s solidarity with brave women and all those fighting for a future where human rights are respected.
The ministers also discussed common concerns over regional security issues, including China’s escalating and destabilizing actions in the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea and East China Sea. They condemned North Korea’s recent and continued ballistic missile launches, which threaten peace, security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Minister Joly reaffirmed Canada’s unwavering support for the upcoming Japanese G7 Presidency. Both Ministers looked forward to further constructive discussions.