18 MAY, 2017
PM meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister Bill English and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated their commitment to the
Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) in a meeting in Tokyo today.
“Both New Zealand and Japan remain committed to seeing the TPP Agreement come into force, while at the same time
ensuring there are opportunities for other economies to join,” Mr English says.
“The TPP remains valuable both economically and strategically for New Zealand. It will improve access for our exporters
and lower tariffs around the Asia-Pacific.”
Mr English and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a number of key bilateral issues, and shared their concerns on regional
and international issues including North Korea, and the threat of international terrorism.
“We value Japan’s views on these issues,” Mr English says. “Japan and New Zealand are close friends and have
partnerships in a number of areas including trade and investment, science and technology and security and defence.
“Today we agreed that renewable energy and agriculture will be two areas which we will focus on in the next few years,”
Mr English says.
“Sport will also feature with Japan set to host Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2020 and
the World Masters’ Games in 2021.
“I was pleased to announce that the All Blacks will play a test in Japan in November 2018,” Mr English says.
Mr English was accompanied on his visit to Japan by Minister of Trade Todd McClay, and a delegation of senior business
Japan is New Zealand’s fifth largest trading partner, with two-way trade totalling over $7 billion, and the fifth
largest source of foreign investment. Over 100,000 Japanese visit New Zealand each year, including nearly 10,000
“My visit recognises the strength of our long-standing relationship, and the important role that Japan plays in our
region,” says Mr English.