Japan: Foreign Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of UK diplomatic relations and cooperation with Japan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The Foreign Secretary recently visited Tokyo and met Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Kono to discuss the UK- Japan relationship. UK-Japan bilateral relations are the strongest they have been in years. We have a deep and dynamic partnership based on shared values and goals. Our already strong trade and investment relationship will expand further as we leave the EU and continue to enhance our security cooperation, transformed since the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan in 2017. As Japan hosts this year’s G20, we will be working together closely to strengthen the rules based international system and ensure a free, open and stable Indo-Pacific region.

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