Japan-Canada Summit Meeting (Summary)

November 16, 2023
[Provisional translation]

On November 16th, commencing at 9:40 a.m. local time, (2:40 a.m. on November 17th, Japan time), for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan held a meeting with the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, while visiting San Francisco, the United States, to attend the APEC Leaders' Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida said that it is a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau again since the ASEAN-related Summit and the G20 New Delhi Summit. Prime Minister Kishida stated that he would like to contribute to the peace and stability of the region and the world together with Prime Minister Trudeau in face of common challenges including the situations in Israel-Palestine and Ukraine as well as toward realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) Prime Minister Kishida stated that he welcomes the recent development of Japan-Canada relations including the visit by Canada Trade Mission (Team Canada to Japan last month. In response, Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his pleasure to meet again with Prime Minister Kishida, and stated that Canada would like to further cooperate with Japan to address the global issues.
  2. The two leaders exchanged their views on the situation in Israel-Palestine. They condemned the terror attacks by Hamas and others and shared their concerns on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. They concurred to coordinate towards calming down the situation as soon as possible, improving the humanitarian situation and realizing the Middle East Peace based on two- state solutionin the mid- and long-term.
  3. The two leaders exchanged their views on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and concurred to continue to impose strict sanctions against Russia and provide strong support for Ukraine.
  4. The two leaders exchanged their views on the situation in East Asia. The two leaders concurred to coordinate closely between Japan and Canada in their responses to issues related to China as well as North Korea including the nuclear and missiles issue and the abductions issue.
  5. 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.
  6. The two leaders recognized the steady progress on implementing Japan-Canada Action Plan contributing to a free and open Indo-Pacific region Prime Minister Kishida expressed his appreciation for Canada’s deployment of its military assets to the region including for monitoring and surveillance activities against illegal ship-to-ship transfers by North Korea. The two leaders welcomed the signing of two Memorandums of Cooperations on Battery Supply Chain and Industrial Science and Technology. The two leaders concurred to continue their cooperation towards the success of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

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