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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, © Thomas Imo/photothek.net

24.07.2018 - Article

Germany and Japan are robust partners who oppose isolation and support a stronger UN.

Foreign Minister maas meets his counterpart Minister Taro Kōno
Foreign Minister maas meets his counterpart Minister Taro Kōno© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will depart for Japan on Tuesday (24 July). His programme in Tokyo will include talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The partnership with countries like Japan is of particular importance given the current upheavals worldwide. The aim is to create a robust network of countries that stand up worldwide for the values of the United Nations, the validity of international law and free global trade. 

Reacting to a changed world order

As a result of the new US foreign policy, many rules in the international order are coming under ever greater pressure. Russia and China are also increasingly posing a challenge to the principles of fair global interaction through their conduct. 

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

Allies for fair international rules

Germany thus counts on strong alliances with partners around the world, such as Japan, that support the same values. Japan is always an important ally for Germany in the United Nations. For example, Japan and Germany both support UN system reform and greater global disarmament endeavours. Japan and Germany also work closely together in crisis-hit regions. Both countries take on responsibility by providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the war in Syria and are active in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Tackling isolation and fostering free trade                                                                      

Foreign Minister Maas rings the German-Japanese Friendship Bell in the garden of the German Ambassador's Residence in Tokyo.
Foreign Minister Maas rings the German-Japanese Friendship Bell in the garden of the German Ambassador's Residence in Tokyo.© Thomas Imo/photothek.net

Japan is also a strong partner as regards tackling isolation and fostering free trade. The European Union and Japan recently signed the largest Economic Partnership Agreement in the EU’s history. The fact that Foreign Minister Maas’s first visit to Asia will be to Japan thus sends a clear message – geographically, Germany and Japan are on opposite sides of the planet, but when it comes to foreign policy, they are on the same side.

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