Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meets Japan’s Prime Minster at Tower of London

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meets Japan's Prime Minster Fumio Kishida for a bilateral meeting at the Tower of London. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hosted the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, at the Tower of London yesterday (11 January).

The leaders discussed the Reciprocal Access Agreement, which they signed yesterday afternoon, and agreed it was an important step in joint cooperation between the UK and Japan.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak welcomes the Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida for a bilateral meeting at the Tower of London. Picture by Simon Walker / No 10 Downing Street

Collaboration across defence and security would not only benefit Japan and the United Kingdom, but broader global stability, the leaders agreed.

Discussing Japan’s leadership of the G7 in such unprecedented times, the Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Kishida’s plans to focus on the impact of the invasion of Ukraine on global food and economic security.

Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Reflecting on the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a free trade bloc with a combined GDP of £9 trillion, the Prime Minister said it offered the UK a unique opportunity to join a group of likeminded countries who shared similar values.

The Prime Minister added that future growth and prosperity for all countries would be driven by collaboration and innovation, and both leaders agreed there was huge potential for growth across the two countries’ economies.

The Prime Minister looked forward to visiting Hiroshima for the G7 in May.

Read about the Reciprocal Access Agreement.

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