The current Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs is Fumio Kishida
. After taking up this role in Prime Minister Abe's second cabinet, Minister Kishida made his first visit to the UK earlier this month (9-11 April 2013). He met with Foreign Secretary William Hague along with Foreign Ministers from the United States, Russia, Canada, France, Germany and Italy for the G8 Foreign Ministers' meeting.
The joint statement issued by the G8 Foreign Ministers following the meeting declared:
"The Foreign Ministers addressed a number of international issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on global peace, security and prosperity. Beyond exchanging views and coordinating actions on the pressing foreign policy issues of the day, they made a number of commitments as set out below (click here
to see full statement) and in the separate Declaration on the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict."
With respect to the relationship between Japan and the United Kingdom, Minister Kishida said the two countries share fundamental values as well as interests and responsibilities on a range of challenges. Japan and the United Kingdom also have in common histories in which free maritime trade provided the foundation of their existence as nations, he noted. (Click here
to see the full report from MOFA.)