Japan-Germany Summit Meeting (Summary)
May 19, 2023
On May 19, commencing at 8:05 a.m. 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 outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed Chancellor Scholz's visit to Japan, following the occasion of the Japan-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations in March this year. Prime Minister Kishida expressed his desire to lead the G7 discussions to maintain and strengthen international order based on the rule of law with Chancellor Scholz, who demonstrated leadership as G7 Chair of last year. The two leaders discussed, among other things, the importance of cooperation with the countries of the Global South and affirmed their commitment to work closely together to this end.
- The two leaders exchanged views on the situation in East Asia and confirmed that they will continue to work closely together in dealing with various issues concerning China and the North Korea, including the nuclear, missile and abduction issues.
- Regarding the situation in Ukraine, the two leaders confirmed that they would continue to impose strict sanctions against Russia and provide strong support for Ukraine. The two leaders confirmed their intention to convey to the world the G7's determination to maintain a free and open international order based on the rule of law and to demonstrate unwavering solidarity with Ukraine at the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
- Regarding bilateral relations, the two leaders shared the view that the first meeting of the Japan-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations held in March in Tokyo produced important outcomes in further expanding and deepening bilateral cooperations, particularly in the field of economic security. The two leaders confirmed their intention to form specific cooperation on the basis of such outcomes.
- Prime Minister Kishida requested anew Germany’s cooperation for the early lifting of EU’s measures restricting imports of Japanese food products.