Prime Minister Speaks with President Abe of Japan

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today spoken by phone with President of Abe of Japan following her recent visit to the country. They also discussed matters including Hong Kong, Brexit and the future of China.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“This morning the Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan. The leaders noted the positive impact of the Prime Minister’s visit to Japan last year and the significant progress made in a range of areas. In particular they welcomed the meeting between UK and Japanese Foreign and Defence Ministers and the first UK-Japan Industrial Policy Dialogue, both of which took place in December last year.

The Prime Minister updated Prime Minister Abe on her meeting with senior Japanese business leaders at Downing Street earlier this month and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to ensuring the UK remains welcoming to Japanese companies.

They discussed the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, and in particular North Korea, where they agreed on the need for the international community to continue to work together to maintain pressure on North Korea to cease its destabilising activity. The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK will continue to support all efforts to maintain and properly implement sanctions”.

Prime Minister Condemns North Korea for Missile Launch

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has condemned North Korea for its latest missile launch. South Korea and Japan have confirmed that they are increasing their missile defences, with the United Nations Security Council also meeting urgently to discuss the situation.

May said in a statement:

“This latest action by North Korea is reckless and poses an unacceptable further threat to the international community.

I discussed the serious and grave threat these dangerous and illegal actions present with Prime Minister Abe in Japan this week and reiterate the call we jointly made for tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures.

This is now even more pressing. The international community has universally condemned this test and must come together to continue to increase the pressure on North Korea’s leaders to stop their destabilising actions”.

Prime Minister Visits Japan to Discuss Post-Brexit Relationship

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is visiting Japan to meet with Shinzo Abe, the country’s Prime Minister. The two leaders are expected to discuss numerous matters, including a future trade relationship and international security.

May said in a statement before the visit:

“Building on our existing ties with friends and allies around the world is vital as Britain prepares for a new era outside the European Union.

Japan has long been a natural trading partner for the UK as a like-minded nation with a shared belief in free trade and a rules-based international system, and my discussions with Prime Minister Abe will focus on how we can prepare the ground for an ambitious free trade agreement after Brexit, based on the EU-Japan agreement which I very much hope is nearing conclusion.

As our closest security partner in Asia, we will also discuss how we can work much more closely together on cyber security, counter-terrorism and defence – more important than ever in this uncertain world”.

David Cameron Speaks with Prime Minister of Japan

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has spoken by phone to Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, to discuss issues including the relationship between the two countries.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said:

“The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the Prime Minister earlier this afternoon to thank him for his friendship and support and to wish him well following the referendum.

They agreed the relationship between the UK and Japan had gone from strength to strength in recent years, and would continue to do so. Our countries had much in common, sharing values and working together in pursuit of global peace and prosperity.

The Prime Minister said the UK greatly valued the investment of Japanese businesses into the UK, and we would do everything we could to promote and safeguard that investment in the wake of the referendum. It would be important for Japanese companies to make their voices heard in the negotiations once they got under way.

The Prime Minister said we remained a member of the European Union until negotiations to leave had concluded, and we would continue to support a swift conclusion to the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement”.

EU-Japan Trade Deal is Welcomed by the Government

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has welcomed progress towards a trade agreement between the EU and Japan. The negotiations, which have been on-going since 2013, are expected to be concluded by the end of the year.

Cameron said in a statement:

“This agreement underlines once again why we are stronger, safer and better off in a reformed EU. As Prime Minister Abe said when visiting the UK, Japan’s priority is negotiating with large trade blocs – not individual states in Europe. And this is something we hear time and again from foreign leaders.

Not only will UK households lose out to the tune of £4,300 a year if we vote to leave, but we will be turning our backs on global trade deals which underpin our security and prosperity”.

Prime Minister Issues Statement on Japanese Earthquake

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has issued a statement following the Japanese earthquake and has offered UK assistance.

The earthquake took place on 15 April 2016 on the Japanese island of Kyushu. It reached 6.2 on the Richter scale and around 42 people are so far feared killed, with over 3,000 injured.

Cameron said:

“I am deeply saddened by the earthquake in Kumamoto. This second powerful earthquake, following so quickly after the first earthquake on Thursday, has brought further terrible devastation and loss of life. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

The full extent of the damage will only become clear over the next few days. The UK is following the situation closely and stands ready to support the Japanese response in any way we can”.

Foreign Secretary reacts to Japanese Prime Minister’s comments

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Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has reacted positively to comments made by Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, apologising for the treatment of British prisoners of war in the Second World War. The comments were made on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender.

Hammond said in a statement:

“I welcome Prime Minister Abe’s statement on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. I was pleased to read the reaffirmation of previous Japanese statements of apology and acknowledge Japan’s commitment, over 70 years, to peaceful development and to the rules-based international system. I welcome, as well, PM Abe’s acknowledgement of the suffering of Japanese POWs, including many thousands of Britons.

“I hope this statement will be received as a positive contribution to reconciliation between Japan and its neighbours in North East Asia”.

Philip Hammond on trip to Japan as part of Far East tour

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Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, is today in Japan as part of a tour of the Far East to promote British interests. He met with Fumio Kishida, the Japanese Foreign Secretary, to discuss a range of subjects including global trade and security.

Hammond said:

“I’m delighted to be in Tokyo for meetings with my counterpart Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and others. The UK values highly its strategic partnership with Japan, and the deep friendship between our peoples. Both of our countries have made a significant contribution to global peace and security over the last seventy years, based on our shared values. The UK and Japan have experienced first-hand the impact of Islamic terrorism and have a common interest in tackling this.

Countries like Britain and Japan must play their part in upholding the rules-based international system. I’m proud that the UK is the only country in the world to commit to spending 2% of our GDP on defence, and 0.7% on development. We will keep working together on the dangers we face, and the opportunities we share”.