Ottawa, Ontario - October 23, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the Japanese general election:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his victory in yesterday’s general election in Japan.

“Canada and Japan are close partners with deep ties and shared values. We are both dynamic, prosperous democracies with citizens eager to thrive in the global economy.

“I look forward to continue working closely with Prime Minister Abe on a progressive trade agenda that will create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Pacific and make it easier for Canadian and Japanese businesses to trade goods and services with one another.

“We will continue our close cooperation on security and defence, including measures to press North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, which pose serious threats to international peace and security.

“Canada and Japan understand that many of the challenges we face as countries, we face as a world. We collaborate closely as members of the G7, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. We are united in the fight against climate change, and will continue to face pressing global issues together.”