Japan Sengoku: Kan talked with Canada PM before summit

Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:03pm EDT
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper exchanged views on fiscal discipline and managing financial problems on Wednesday, Japan's top government spokesman said.

The two premiers, speaking by phone, were in agreement on many issues and will discuss the global economy further at summits next week for the Group of Eight industrialized nations and the Group of 20 rich and developing countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku told reporters at a press conference.

Sengoku didn't give any further details of what was discussed.

Kan has made rebuilding Japan's finances, the worst among advanced economies, a top priority since becoming prime minister last week as Greece's debt crisis has roiled financial markets.

Harper has also called on G20 countries to exercise fiscal restraint to avoid the debt woes that are plaguing Europe.

Canada is hosting a meeting of G8 leaders on June 25-26 and a G20 summit on June 26-27.

(Reporting by Stanley White)