German, Japanese leaders agree to strengthen cooperation on economic security

Japan and Germany agreed to deepen cooperation on defense and climate protection on the 18th, as well as to work more closely together to reduce over-reliance on specific countries in key areas such as minerals and semiconductors.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida welcomed German Chancellor Scholz to Tokyo for a meeting, and held the first governmental consultations between Japan and Germany, including bilateral consultations between major ministers of defense, economy, finance, transport and foreign affairs.

Japanese and German leaders (Tokyo, March 18)

Photographer: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Kishida said that the relationship between Japan and Germany, both members of the Group of Seven (G7), is closer than ever. It will be further strengthened by new intergovernmental talks, he said.

After the intergovernmental talks, Prime Minister Kishida held a joint press conference with Prime Minister Scholz, saying that following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “the international community is truly at a turning point. Maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law.・To strengthen cooperation, Japan and Germany are required to strengthen their cooperation and cooperation more than ever before.

“In order to respond to challenges such as global supply chain disruptions, soaring energy and food prices, and the vulnerability of globalization, and to increase the resilience of society, we are both industrial nations and fundamentally Japan and Germany, which share such values, need to play a leading role.” Mineral resources, as well as semiconductors and batteries, were cited as strategic sectors to strengthen cooperation in building supply chains.

Chancellor Scholz also said that German-Japanese relations had been raised to a new level.

In a declaration after the summit, the two countries condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They also agreed to work to establish a legal framework for cooperation between Japan and Germany in the fields of defense and security.