Foreign ministers agree to work for better bilateral ties

UK-Japan News October 2018

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s visit to Japan was covered by many media, with particular focus on a speech he delivered entirely in Japanese, making him the first UK minister to do so, Sky News reported on 18 September.

Mr Hunt met with a number of figures, including Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. This led to the two reconfirming their countries’ strategic partnership, The Japan Times reported.

The two also agreed to work towards a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, the report said, referring to an initiative aimed at promoting free trade and navi­gation in the region, leading to economic prosperity for the countries involved.

Mr Hunt also met with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, when he donated an old mobile phone to the “phones for Tokyo 2020” recycling initiative.

Jeremy Hunt met Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike during his visit to Japan.
PHOTO: British Embassy Tokyo