This Saturday, Japan and Germany reaffirmed their intention to continue to apply sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine and to maintain support for Kiev, in a political summit at the highest level, reported the EFE agency.

The summit between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took place in Tokyo during the latter’s official visit to Japan, accompanied by a large representation of his cabinet, including six ministers, including ministers Finance, Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Kishida expressed the common will to “continue to cooperate in the application of sanctions against Russia and in providing support to Ukraine to end the invasion of Ukraine as soon as possible”, during a joint press conference after the meeting.

The Japanese head of government said that the two countries “will continue to work together to maintain and reinforce an international order based on rules” in view of the “historic crossroads” at which the international community finds itself due to the war in Ukraine.

Kishida also said that Japan will “follow with interest” the evolution of the investigation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as “allegedly responsible” for the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children and their transfer from occupied areas in Ukraine to Russia, which amounts to a war crime.

In addition to coordinating the response to the Ukrainian situation, another of the main issues on the agenda of the meeting was to strengthen cooperation in matters of defense and economic security, through concrete measures such as providing mutual logistical assistance between the troops of the two countries or collaboration in supply of electrical semiconductors.

Both Japan and Germany are trying to reduce their dependence on imports from China of raw materials and electronic components, which are critical to both countries’ industries.

“The pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine made us understand that we should not become too dependent on a specific country, as our nuclear industries could be seriously affected,” Scholz said at the press conference.

Tokyo also launched a plan to revitalize its domestic semiconductor industry, including creating a next-generation chip manufacturing consortium of major Japanese and automotive technology companies, as well as expanding cooperation with companies in other countries.

In the same vein, Kishida and Scholz pledged to strengthen their collaboration to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, a reference to Washington and Tokyo’s strategy to contain China’s geopolitical rise in the region.

The meeting also discussed the upcoming G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of May, and cooperation between Berlin and the current Japanese G7 presidency, which replaces Germany.


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