Japan and Canada have enjoyed many years of friendly relations. Our two countries share many fundamental values, including: respect for the rule of law; freedom; parliamentary democracy; respect for human rights; and the promotion of open market economies.
From a geographical perspective, both countries see each other as a strategically important partner. This is particularly true given the increased economic presence of Asia in the world economy, as well as the momentum toward regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. Furthermore, in the context of international security, the focus on Asia has increased in recent years.
High level exchanges are frequent. For example, the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group meets annually. Talks between our two governments are held frequently. During a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Harper to Japan in March 2012, he and Prime Minister Noda agreed to further enhance political dialogue. The two leaders also agreed to extend Japan-Canada security cooperation, in part through the furthering of negotiations toward an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA). As the most mature democracy and the most advanced market economy in Asia, Japan is one of Canada’s most important partners in the region and the two countries often collaborate on global issues such as natural disasters, peace-building, climate change and poverty reduction.