Free trade agreement and export issues on agenda as Prime Minister met Japanese counterpart

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for dinner and talks on 8–9 July. The subjects discussed included the new free trade agreement between the EU and Japan, and prospects of increasing trade with Japan, which is Sweden’s second largest export market in Asia.

  • Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs Abe

    The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven receives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs Abe in Stockholm.

    Photo: Sören Andersson / Government Offices

  • The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sitting in arm chairs.

    The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks at Rosenbad. The 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan will be celebrated next year.

    Photo: Sören Andersson /Government offices

  • The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands in front of flags.

    The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks at Rosenbad.

    Photo: Sören Andersson /Government offices

  • The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sitting in a meeting.

    The Prime Minister Stefan Löfven received Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks at Rosenbad.

    Photo: Sören Andersson /Government offices

The leaders specifically discussed how the two countries can enhance their cooperation in the area of innovation.

Mr Löfven and Mr Abe also discussed current issues on the UN Security Council agenda, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and agreed on continued cooperation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan in 2018.