Boris calls to congratulate Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

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Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida this morning (Wednesday 13th October).

The British PM congratulated Prime Minister Kishida on his appointment and reiterated the importance the UK places on its strategic partnership and friendship with Japan.

Fumio Kishida has now formally taken office as Japan’s new prime minister after succeeding Yoshihide Suga who resigned after just one year in office.

Mr Kishida, 64, won the race to lead Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

In this morning’s call Boris Johnson said he welcomed Japan’s strong commitment to Net Zero and to ending international financing for coal. He hoped to see a new pledge from Japan ahead of the COP26 Summit on ending the use of domestic coal power, supporting the global transition to renewable and clean energy.

They also discussed deepening coordination between the UK and Japan on security, defence and trade.

Boris Johnson noted the visit of the Carrier Strike Group to Japan and the emphasis on the Indo-Pacific region in the UK’s renewed foreign policy approach, as set out in the Integrated Review.

Mr. Johnson said he also looked forward to continuing to work together and hoped to welcome Prime Minister Kishida to Glasgow for COP26 in November.

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