- Minister for the Indo-Pacific held talks with government counterparts plus business representatives on a week-long visit to Japan.
- Trip displayed cutting edge science and tech collaboration between the UK and Japan, one of its closest companions in the region.
- Visit follows the signing of a landmark new defence agreement between the UNITED KINGDOM and Japan to deepen key security partnership in the Indo-Pacific.
Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Trevelyan met counterparts in the Japanese Government including Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and State Minister for International Affairs Kenji Yamada, along with whom she discussed Japan’s priorities for its G7 obama administration and explored what both countries can do to accelerate support for Ukraine subsequent Russia’s invasion. The Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) also held meetings along with Minister of Economy, Industry and Industry Fusae Ota, and Economic Security Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Sanae Takaichi. The journey underlines the UK’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific, which Excellent Minister Rishi Sunak reiterated to Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on his visit to London last week. The region is not just home to likeminded partners with whom the UK stocks fundamental beliefs in peacefulness and democracy, but also many of the world’s fastest-growing economies, which makes it critical to UK wealth. While in Japan’s capital, the Minister fulfilled Japanese graduates from UK universities to launch a new British Council alumni system, which will maintain the strong hyperlinks between the UK and Japan’s world leading universities. The particular Minister also attended ladies in Parliament event alongside Japanese MPs, to hear regarding initiatives to promote women’s involvement in political life. My visit has showcased the depth of that collaboration, with so many more possibilities for investment, research plus talent to be shared in between our two countries.
Minister for the Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
Defence and security are in the heart of the UK-Japan romantic relationship, with the newly announced treaty allowing UK and Western armed forces to more easily perform joint training activities and exercises. Further than Tokyo, the Minister journeyed to Kobe to visit top healthcare technology firm Medicaroid to hear about its function developing the next generation of surgical robots, supported by investors to the UK Sysmex and Kawasaki Heavy Industrial sectors.
Pursuing the recent signing of the landmark UK-Japan Reciprocal Access Agreement in London, Minister for the Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan spent the week in Japan, viewing first-hand the vital collaboration between the two countries everywhere from trade to education and learning. This builds upon increasingly close military ties, including the Global Combat Surroundings Programme announced in December 2022, and cements the UK’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific. Within Hiroshima, the Minister visited the Peace Memorial Art gallery and Park to place a wreath and satisfy atomic bomb survivors, plus reiterated the UK’s commitment to the long-term goal of the world without nuclear weapons. She also met the Mayor and Governor of Hiroshima as the city prepares to host the G7 Leaders’ Summit in May. Japan is one of our nearest partners in Asia. From science and innovation to defence and digital, we are developing a modern, cutting-edge relationship that is rooted in our distributed values. In Osaka, the Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) met with the Organising Panel of the Osaka Kansai Expo 2025 and held talks with senior business figures, including the head of the Kankeiren, a regional federation of 1300 businesses, organisations and educational corporations. They discussed the UK government’s ambition to strengthen economic ties with companies across Japan, as well as the benefits of the UK joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trading bloc (CPTPP) as accession speaks continue. Joining the CPTPP will bring the UK closer to a dynamic group of economies within the Indo-Pacific, including Japan, developing opportunities for cooperation not only on trade but also in order to uphold shared values. In a milestone year for Japan, since it assumes its G7 obama administration, the UK has committed to doing more with one of its closest Indo-Pacific partners to boost ties and robustly defend democracy, peace and freedom. The Minister saw Cambridge-based AstraZeneca’s Tokyo headquarters, where she set out the UK’s ambition to deepen cooperation with Japan in study, technology and innovation because two leading science superpowers. Deepening these links will certainly grow both countries’ financial systems, creating better-paid jobs plus opportunities right across the UNITED KINGDOM and Japan.