"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Press Conference by Prime Minister Kishida on Attending the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and Other Matters

[Date] November 15, 2023
[Source] Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

(On the significance of Prime Minister Kishida participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting and his goals for the meeting; how Prime Minister Kishida intends to drive discussions; and the state of progress in coordinating a Japan-China summit meeting)

From now, I will head to San Francisco in order to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and other diplomatic engagements. I aim to make it an occasion for discussing various global-level issues facing the world, taking up urgent issues such as free and open trade, promoting the digital economy, and climate change. I will also use it as an opportunity to communicate Japan’s positions on these matters.

In addition, I will use this occasion to exchange views and interact with the leaders of various other countries. For example, with President Yoon of the Republic of Korea (ROK), I intend to confirm our future-oriented Japan-ROK relationship by participating with him in a forum at Stanford University on the topic of cutting-edge technology.

With regard to Japan-China relations, as of this moment, nothing has been finalized regarding a Japan-China summit meeting, but regardless of that, there is no change to the basic principle of continuing with Japan-China relations through mutual efforts to maintain a constructive and stable relationship. I intend to engage in communication through a variety of means.