Volocom, a company specialized in media monitoring and analysis, is studying the Japanese Prime Minister’s trip to the West for Formiche.net, through international media.
Defense cooperation, economic security, the war in Ukraine and finally relations with China and North Korea: 2023 opened with an important diplomatic journey Fumio Kishidathe prime minister of Japan, who met with the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Prime Minister Georgia Meloni in Rome, the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunakthat of Canada Justin Trudeau and finally the president of the United States Joe Biden.
With the help of Volocom’s schedule (more than 60 international newspapers and more than 600 national titles) and its News Intelligence, let’s retrace the steps and movements in the middle of Kishida’s journey to the West. The Japanese Prime Minister returned home with a trophy not bad: a guarantee from France for the patent between Nissan and Renault, a partnership with Italy that brings a nest egg of 12 billion a year (including the birth of a construction project. of a new generation fighter ), an agreement with the British to deal with China’s increasing military assertiveness in Asia. On the US side, fears of an increasingly dangerous China have strained relations between Japan and the US.
On January 9, Kishida discussed the cooperation agreement to be renewed between the car manufacturers Nissan and Renault with President Macron. As revealed by a French newspaper Le Monde, Macron assured Kishida of the agreement between the two parties and confirmed France’s support for this major restructuring. Japan took advantage of this diplomatic visit to ask France for guarantees regarding patent disputes. In fact, we remember that in 2002 Nissan was asked to take 15% of Renault and only later did the Japanese realize that they would not benefit from the same voting rights. Since then, distrust of French political power has been felt within Nissan’s ranks. The Japanese Prime Minister’s visit has indeed shown his desire to find a satisfactory agreement for both countries and strengthen cooperation. For more details on the agreement, it will be necessary to wait for the end of January with a joint announcement from Paris and Yokohama.
The next day, the Japanese prime minister traveled to Italy to meet Prime Minister Meloni. As he said Paper “Japan and Italy have decided to raise relations to the level of strategic cooperation”, with an exchange budget estimated at 12 billion per year, with the aim of strengthening dialogue at all levels. Already in December 2022, the new Meloni government signed an agreement on the Global Combat Air Program with Japan and the United Kingdom for the construction of a new generation fighter, more powerful than the F35. As President Meloni said “our positions are very similar”. In fact, there is a concept of greater commitment of Italy in the Indo-Pacific with maritime patrol missions with allies in the region, thereby sending a signal to China.
Newspaper to come he narrated that “Kishida first announced the doubling of the military budget (…) All this – let’s not forget – while the Constitution is still in force which is in article 9, along with the sincere rejection of war. as an instrument for resolving international disputes, it clearly prohibits the organization of armed forces: army, navy and air force. The Kishida Plan – which also envisages the acquisition, for the first time, of offensive weapons, such as drones and long-range missiles – should at least presuppose a change in the Constitution”. During his day in Rome, the Prime Minister of Japan also left a chance to meet face-to-face with the former Prime Minister of Italy. Mario Draghi but no information was leaked about what they said, he said A messenger.
Kishida then flew to England to sign with him on January 11 Sunak defense agreement to counter China’s growing military assertiveness in Asia. The mutual access agreement will allow Japan and Britain to deploy their military forces to their respective territories. The UK is the first European country to sign the agreement with Japan but, as it reports TimesBritish negotiators have failed to persuade the Japanese to grant visiting soldiers full immunity from the death penalty.
Sunak and the Japanese prime minister will sign what the British government has announced is the most important defense agreement between the two nations in more than a century. This will make Britain the first European country to reach an agreement with Japan, and establish one of the most important defense agreements between London and Tokyo since 1902. Sunak also said the agreement will strengthen Britain’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific and strengthen security economic.
On Friday January 13, the head of the government of Japan finally visited the White House of the United States, in what The Wall Street Journal it is described as “the most important diplomatic event of the year”. The United States and Japan have announced new plans to strengthen their military alliance to counter concerns over China’s moves. These include Japan’s purchase of hundreds of US Tomahawk cruise missiles, to give Japan the ability to counter attacks targeting targets in mainland China and North Korea in the event of aggression. The Washington Post presented the Japanese Prime Minister’s trip to America as a strategic move, citing one of his articles with “The Japanese Kishida hopes that the visit to the White House will give him important political power”.
In fact, the Japanese prime minister is going through a difficult period at home: four ministers have resigned and his agreement is collapsing. However, Kishida’s feelings abroad are getting stronger and in Washington he has been praised for his efforts to strengthen the alliance between Japan and the United States. The meeting was the first between the two leaders since Kishida announced a historic overhaul of his country’s national security strategy in December 2022, moving Japan away from its traditional anti-peace stance toward closer cooperation with Biden’s attempts to impose it. China borders. The Japanese government has pledged to double its defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2027.
As he told them New York Times,” in addition to military issues, Biden, Kishida and their aides discussed the close economic relationship between the two nations and the challenges of keeping global supply chains secure. Trade-related security issues include technology trade with China , the world’s second largest economy, and sanctions against Russia for its war against Ukraine. Biden and Kishida issued a statement, reported by Daily Telegraph, saying: “We say unequivocally that any use of a nuclear weapon by Russia in Ukraine would be an act of hostility against humanity and unforgivable in any way.” So, the reaction of the former president of Russia. Dmitry Medvedevwho said this statement shows “paranoia” towards Russia and “betrays the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese who were burned by the nuclear fires of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” and the clear memory of the atomic bombs that America dropped on Japan at the end of WWII.
As reported by Los Angeles Times, “part of Kishida’s mission in visiting these countries earlier this year is to try to convince the G7 countries to broaden their perspective on the Chinese challenge and what is needed to deal with it.” The Land of the Rising Sun, between 19 and 21 May 2023, will indeed host the summit of the G7 industrial powers in Hiroshima. It is a worried Japan, which is trying to react to the social and economic crisis (the public deficit exceeds 300% of GDP, almost twice that of Italy) and is trying to find a place in the new international conditions by sending a message, especially to China and. Russia. Prime Minister Kishida’s visit showed the importance of economic and commercial relations between Japan and the countries visited and the commitment of leaders to work together to strengthen this relationship, unlike the front represented by Russia, China and North Korea.