Politics and Economics


The Statement by Foreign Minister Kishida on the EU referendum in the UK

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida made a statement after the EU referendum in the UK. His full statement is below.

EU referendum in the UK (Statement by Foreign Minister Kishida)

On Thursday, June 23, the EU referendum was held in the UK, and it has become clear that votes in support of leaving the EU have achieved a majority.

It is believed that various discussions will be made between the UK and the EU. Japan will closely observe the impact of those developments on Japan and the international community, and will take appropriate measures from the perspective of national interests of Japan.

Japan and the UK share fundamental values and have strong and cooperative relations in various areas, including politics, economy, and security. The Government of Japan will continue to make efforts to maintain and strengthen the Japan-UK relations.


State Minister Takagi Visited Scotland

From August 18 to 19, 2015, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Scotland.  State Minister Takagi had a meeting with Mr. Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism of Scotland, and exchanged views on future energy policies in light of recent climate change issues and energy security.  State Minister Takagi also visited facilities at the Hunterston Nuclear Power Stations, including the nuclear reactor which is being decommissioned.

For details please see the news release by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan: