The Prime Minister met today at the UN General Assembly session in New York with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida.

Prime Minister Kishida expressed his condolences on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. The Prime Minister thanked him for his words and said that it was a great honor for Great Britain to host Their Imperial Majesties at a state funeral.

Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the UK’s commitment to Japan and the Indo-Pacific, exemplified by our partnership in dialogue with ASEAN, AUKUS and our bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Kishida for supporting the UK bid.

Leaders look forward to the UK-Japan relationship expanding, both through the UK’s accession to the CPTPP and through investment in our shared defense and security, such as the Future Combat Air System programme.

The Prime Minister expressed her admiration for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies and outlined her plans to transform the British economy to boost economic growth. The leaders agreed to work together to strengthen our shared economic and energy security.

“The Prime Minister condemned China’s recent provocations against Taiwan, which threatened Japan’s special economic zone. The leaders decided to jointly fight the strategic threat from China.

“The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Kishida agreed on the importance of democracies working together with like-minded people, including through international institutions such as the G7, to contain economic, security and other threats from authoritarian regimes.”

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