Japan’s new Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Blinken on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the 18th. Both countries agreed to deepen alliance cooperation. According to the US side, the two sides also stressed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and compliance with international law in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. On the same day, Shangchuan and the Group of Seven major industrialized countries (G7) participated in the group’s foreign ministers’ meeting as rotating chairperson. The countries condemned Russian aggression and reiterated their determination to assist Ukraine. Six other foreign ministers also expressed their concern for Fukushimanuclear sewageAgreed on releasing water into the sea.
According to widespread Japanese media reports, Kamikawa became Japan’s first female foreign minister in nearly 20 years during a cabinet reshuffle on the 13th. This visit to the United States is his diplomatic debut.The Japanese Foreign Ministry said that the United States and Japan will cooperate closely to respondBeijingIssues, stressing the importance of cooperation with Beijing on common international challenges. The Japan Times reported that unlike the State Council statement, the Japanese statement did not mention Taiwan or the East China Sea and South China Sea; Kamikawa eased Japan’s concerns about the Taiwan issue. It may be that the Fukushima issue has sparked Beijing’s counterattack and expressed hope that Japan-China relations will stabilize.
Kamikawa attended the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting the same day and made a statement after the meeting saying that Japan hopes to establish constructive and stable relations with Beijing. In response to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Kamikawa said in a statement that the foreign ministers of all countries have unanimously criticized Russian aggression and will support Ukraine in the long run. He also warned other countries to stop all aid to Moscow, otherwise they would face serious costs. Regarding the fact that the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant began releasing nuclear waste water into the sea in August, the other six foreign ministers expressed their happiness at Japan’s “safe, transparent and science-based processes.” The next meeting of G7 foreign ministers will be held between 7 and 8 November.
Kamikawa also met with UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Grossi and the two sides signed a memorandum of cooperation to plan the IAEA’s comprehensive and continuing safety inspection of the discharge of Fukushima nuclear waste water into the ocean . In addition, both British Foreign Minister Cowey and Brazilian Foreign Minister Vieira have held bilateral talks with Kamikawa. Covey expressed hope that Britain and Japan would cooperate closely in defense and economy.
According to Kyodo News and Yonhap News Agency, the Japanese and Korean governments said on the 19th that diplomats from Japan, China and South Korea will hold talks in Seoul, South Korea on the 26th. Japan’s Foreign Ministry said the talks would resume discussions on “various procedures” between the three parties. South Korean diplomats said they would discuss the Japan-China-ROK summit that has not been held since December 2019 and try to hold the summit again before the end of the year. They will also discuss further the trilateral consultation mechanism and discuss the current status and future directions of cooperation between the three countries.
Representatives of the three countries in this meeting will be Takehiro Funakoshi, Foreign Affairs Review Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Assistant Foreign Minister of South Korea Jeong Byeong-won and Assistant Foreign Minister Nong Rong. Beijing’s case.