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Foreign and security policy issues on the agenda when Foreign Minister Tobias Billström welcomed Japanese counterpart Yōko Kamikawa to Stockholm


Bilateral issues, foreign and security policy developments in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region, and the situation in the Middle East were on the agenda when Mr Billström received Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Yōko Kamikawa in Stockholm on 10 January.

Foreign Minister Tobias Billström and Japanese counterpart Yōko Kamikawa beside one another.
Foreign Minister Tobias Billström welcomed Japanese counterpart Yōko Kamikawa. Photo: Stina Gullander, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

“Japan and Sweden share the view that security in Europe and in the Indo-Pacific region are closely linked. The two countries are like-minded in defending the international world order and condemning Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In light of the geopolitical developments, close cooperation between our countries is particularly important,” says Mr Billström.

Sweden and Japan have long enjoyed excellent relations and it is a priority for the entire Swedish Government to deepen them. The cooperation is based on common values and support for democracy and the rules-based world order. This includes extensive exchange in areas such as trade and investment, security and defence policy, research, culture and multilateral issues. Japan is Sweden’s second-largest trade partner in Asia, and Japanese investments in Sweden have increased in recent years.


Tom Samuelsson
Press Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00