Embassy of Japan in New Zealand



A Courtesy Call by Japanese Members of Parliament, Mr. Shinjiro Koizumi and Mr. Takashi Yamashita to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Ms Jacinda Ardern
国会議員(小泉進次郎議員及び山下貴司議員)が アーデーン・ニュージーランド首相を表敬


On 4th September 2018, Mr Shinjiro Koizumi and Mr Takashi Yamashita, Japanese Members of Parliament, gave a courtesy call to the Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand as a part of the Prime Minister of New Zealand Fellowship Programme. The Prime Minister received them warmly in traditional custom.

As politicians of the same generation, they were able to enjoy an open and frank discussion with the Prime Minister with regards to a wide range of topics, including women’s advancement in society, respecting and encouraging societal diversity, the ideal parliament construct, and policies on renewable energy.

The Japanese delegation stated that there are quite a few areas of focus in New Zealand which Japan can learn from, and they would like to introduce and apply this knowledge in Japan.

The courtesy call carried a relaxed atmosphere throughout, as the Japanese delegates introduced the Prime Minister to Kendama (a traditional toy) and Daruma (a traditional good luck charm) while enjoying tea together. They also discussed their invitation for her to visit the country soon. The Prime Minister commented that there are quite a few reasons for New Zealanders to visit Japan over the next few years, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.