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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to discuss the latest developments in the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Abe expressed his best wishes to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau for a speedy recovery.

Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his solidarity with Prime Minister Abe and the people of Japan, who have been dealing with the COVID-19 crisis for more than two months. He also thanked Japan for its support and care for Canadians who were hospitalized in Japan from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Prime Minister Abe conveyed his condolences for the death of one of the Canadians.

The two leaders discussed the health and social effects of the pandemic on their respective countries, and exchanged information on national measures they have taken to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of their citizens. They also spoke of the importance of science collaboration, particularly with respect to vaccines and medicines to combat the virus.

The leaders also outlined their concerted efforts to mitigate the impacts on their national economies and support global economic stability. Building upon the G7 Leaders discussion on March‑16, both leaders emphasized the critical importance of international coordination and information sharing in the G7 and G20 with respect to the global economy as well as in key areas such as research and technology, and prevention and mitigation strategies. They also underscored the need to collectively support the developing world as it manages this health crisis.

On the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Prime Minister Abe emphasized the importance of having an Olympic Games in its complete form. Prime Minister Trudeau voiced his full support for this, and underscored that Canada would be honoured to participate in the Tokyo Olympics at a time when Japan can truly showcase its people and country.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global challenge. The Government of Canada is working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to minimize its health, economic, and social impacts in Canada and around the world.

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