Spain-Japan Policy Consultations

The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (SEAEX), Fernando Valenzuela, travelled to Tokyo on Monday 23 July and Tuesday 24 July to hold the 5th round of the regular policy consultations with his Japanese counterpart, the Deputy Foreign Minister Kakuyuki Yamazaki.

The State Secretary also met the president of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, Shingo Miyake, and held meetings with Spanish entrepreneurs and the main Japanese mass media. Finally, the SEAEX was able to visit the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo.

Fernando Valenzuela expressed the Spanish Government's condolences for the victims of the torrential rain that was witnessed in Japan at the beginning of July, which caused more than 200 deaths and significant material losses.

During the political meeting, the State Secretary and the Deputy Minister Yamakazi agreed on the excellent state of the bilateral relations during the year in which the diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan celebrate their 150th anniversary. 

They addressed the main issues of the bilateral agenda, which have significantly improved since the signing of the Association Agreement for Peace, Growth and Innovation (APCI) in 2013 and the State visit of Their Majesties the King and the Queen to Japan in April 2017. The new roadmap has enabled a dialogue which focuses on four main areas: politics and security, economy, science and technology and civil societies. Remarkable progress has been made in these fields, by means of frequent contacts at various levels and the signing of agreements.

The State Secretary and the Japanese Deputy Minister addressed the international and local agenda, with special emphasis on topics of common interest, such as the European Union, China, the Indo-Pacific, Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East and North Korea.

Additionally, they congratulated each other on the recent signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement and an Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Japan, which offers new political and economic opportunities. Japan is Spain’s second largest trading and economic partner in Asia. The free trade agreement will increase the exports and investments thanks to the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, and to a new regulatory framework.

During the meeting with the president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Chamber of Councillors, Shingo Miyake, the SEAEX addressed the need to maintain the parliamentary diplomacy between Spain and Japan. In this regard, the trip to Spain which will be made by a delegation of the Japanese Senate Committee on Rules and Regulations at the end of August was mentioned as an example.

This new round of policy consultations highlights the good state of the bilateral relations and the frequent contact between the Japanese and the Spanish authorities. In order to maintain the level of these relations and strengthen our bonds, Spain and Japan are working together to renovate their Association.





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