Boris and Prime Minister Kishida praise strength of UK-Japan relations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a bilateral meeting with The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Krün, Bavarian Alps, Germany. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the G7 Summit in Germany this morning (28 June).

The leaders began by praising the strength of UK-Japan relations. They both welcomed the lifting of UK import restrictions on products originating in Fukushima tomorrow.

The UK–Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was the first deal the UK struck as an independent trading nation.

The  deal is tailored to both economies with big benefits for digital and data, financial services, food and drink, and creative industries bringing together two of the world’s most technologically advanced nations, placing the UK at the forefront of shaping new global standards on digital trade.   

The estimated boost to trade between the UK and Japan is over £15 billion, with long term economic benefits that are crucial to reshape the UK economy so it is fit for the future. 

The agreement also included a strong commitment from Japan to support UK joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the world’s biggest free trade areas, covering 13% of the global economy and more than £110 billion of trade in 2019.    This will help strengthen trade ties between the UK and 11 Pacific countries and set new standards for global trade.    

Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a bilateral meeting with The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Krün, Bavarian Alps, Germany. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minister praised Prime Minister Kishida for his staunch support for the Ukrainian people in opposition to Putin’s barbarism in Ukraine. They agreed that the unity of thought between G7 leaders on this issue has strengthened Ukraine’s hand in the war and will continue to do so.

The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s support for rule of law and sovereignty everywhere in the world. Democratic leaders must stand together in opposition to challenges to our values. The leaders agreed to continue to work to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Kishida agreed that the work the UK and Japan are doing together to develop the next generation of fighter planes is hugely valuable to our countries and will form the basis of UK-Japan cooperation for a generation to come.

They agreed to explore ways of deepening the UK-Japan relationship further, harnessing our shared global leadership in areas like science and technology.

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