Press Conference 24 June 2005

  1. High-Level Dialogue on the Financing for Development
  2. Bali Process Workshop on Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons
  3. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the election of Mr. Shunji Yanai as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
  4. Statement by the Press Secretary on the conclusion of negotiations on a Draft International Instrument on Identifying and Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (provisional title)
  5. Statement by the Press Secretary on the summit meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders
  6. Statement by the Press Secretary on the general election for the Lebanese parliament
  7. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai to the State of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait
  8. Grassroots cultural grant assistance to the Olympic Committee of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, Iraq
  9. Grant assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic
  10. Provision of yen loans to the Republic of Tunisia
  11. Dispatch of government survey mission to support the Republic of the Sudan
  12. Appointment of a permanent representative of the Government of Japan to the African Union (AU)
  13. Grant assistance to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  14. Grant assistance to the Republic of Senegal
  15. Grant assistance to the Republic of Uganda
  16. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Keishiro Fukushima to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Vanuatu
  17. Visit by Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa to Mongolia
  18. Japan-People's Republic of China Comprehensive Policy Dialogue
  19. Grant assistance to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
  20. Guests and national/special days of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan (25 June-1 July)
  21. Questions concerning Japan-People's Republic of China Comprehensive Policy Dialogue
  22. Question concerning Six-Party Talks

  1. High-Level Dialogue on the Financing for Development

    Assistant Press Secretary Akira Chiba: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming. Today I have a multitude of announcements to make.

    The first set concerns the United Nations (UN) and multilateral affairs.

    The first announcement is on the High-Level Dialogue on the Financing for Development to be held from 27 to 28 June in which Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aisawa will participate. At this meeting, Japan intends to introduce its proactive undertaking through presentations by Mr. Aisawa concerning the increase of development funding through means such as official development assistance (ODA), internal financing of developing countries, trade, investment, etc. At the same time, Mr. Aisawa will exchange opinions concerning UN Security Council reform with related personnel and permanent representatives.

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  2. Bali Process Workshop on Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons

    Mr. Chiba: The next announcement concerns the Bali Process Workshop on Developing a Coordinated Inter-Agency National Action Plan to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons.

    This workshop will be held on 27 and 28 June at the training center of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). There will be 120 people attending the workshop from approximately 50 countries and 10 international organizations. Deputy Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Shinichi Nishimiya of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues Caroline Millar of the Commonwealth of Australia will co-chair the workshop.

    The participants will introduce their undertakings concerning the issue and will exchange opinions with a view to establishing national action plans. This meeting is expected to contribute to the capacity building of the countries concerned.

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  3. Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations on the election of Mr. Shunji Yanai as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

    Mr. Chiba: The next announcement concerns the election of Mr. Shunji Yanai as a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

    The Government of Japan welcomes the election of Mr. Shunji Yanai, candidate from Japan (Professor of the Faculty of Law, Chuo University, and former Japanese Ambassador to the United States), as a judge of the ITLOS in its election held at the Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which took place in New York on 22 June.

    In light of the ever-increasing role of the ITLOS in the peaceful solution of international conflict at sea, it is important for a judge from Japan to serve on the ITLOS, and the Government of Japan expects active participation by Mr. Yanai, in succession to Mr. Soji Yamamoto, who had this important responsibility for nine years.

    The Government of Japan takes the result of this election as an extremely high evaluation accorded to Japan for its previous contributions to the Tribunal, and it intends to continue cooperating for the further development of the ITLOS and make proactive contributions in the field of the law of the sea.

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  4. Statement by the Press Secretary on the conclusion of negotiations on a Draft International Instrument on Identifying and Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (provisional title)

    Mr. Chiba: The following announcement concerns the conclusion of negotiations on a Draft International Instrument on Identifying and Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons.

    The Government of Japan welcomes the conclusion of negotiations on a Draft International Instrument on Identifying and Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) (provisional title) on 18 June (New York time: 17 June) at the Third (Final) Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group established to draw up the Instrument.

    The issue of SALW used in post-Cold War conflicts as major weapons to kill and wound many people is an urgent matter to be addressed by the international community. In response to the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in SALW in All Its Aspects adopted in 2001, consultations have been continued since June 2004 to create an international instrument on identifying and tracing illegal SALW.

    Japan, which has been so far actively exerting efforts to solve the SALW issue, hopes that the control of illicit SALW will be strengthened through the International Instrument on Identifying and Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (provisional title) (political instrument).

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  5. Statement by the Press Secretary on the summit meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders

    Mr. Chiba: Next I would like to turn to the Middle East.

    First is the statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the summit meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    Japan values the holding of a summit meeting between the Israeli and the Palestinian leaders on 21 June in Jerusalem, the first direct talks between the two leaders since 8 February, and the peace efforts of the these two leaders to the advance peace process.

    The peace process is at a critical stage, where the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank is at hand. Japan expects that, as a result of this meeting, both the Israeli and Palestinian sides will tenaciously continue their respective peace efforts in accordance with the "Road Map."

    Japan will seek to be further engaged in the issue of peace in the Middle East and will support the peace efforts of both parties concerned, including through the implementation of assistance of about US$100 million for the immediate future pledged by Prime Minister Koizumi during the visit of President Abbas to Japan. As a part of Japan's efforts in this regard, Dr. Tatsuo Arima, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for the Middle East peace process, will visit the region from 25 to 30 June to encourage the two sides to make further efforts towards peace in the Middle East.

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  6. Statement by the Press Secretary on the general election for the Lebanese parliament

    Mr. Chiba: Next is the statement by the Press Secretary on the general election for the Lebanese parliament.

    The Government of Japan welcomes that the general election for the Lebanese parliament, held from 29 May to 19 June, was carried out, on the whole, in a free and fair manner.

    Political stability in the Republic of Lebanon is indispensable for the stability of the Middle East. Japan has been closely watching the situation in Lebanon from the standpoint that Japan's prosperity is directly connected to the peace and stability in the Middle East. Japan hopes that the political process in Lebanon will proceed from now on in a manner which will bring about political stability in the country.

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  7. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai to the State of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait

    Mr. Chiba: Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai will visit the State of Bahrain and the State of Kuwait from 24 to 28 June. During his visit, he will exchange views with dignitaries concerning UN Security Council reform and bilateral and regional issues.

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  8. Grassroots cultural grant assistance to the Olympic Committee of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, Iraq

    Mr. Chiba: The next announcement concerns grassroots grant assistance to the Olympic Committee of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna, Iraq.

    As part of its grassroots cultural grant assistance to Iraq (Governorate of Al-Muthanna), the Government of Japan launched last autumn the work of renovating the Olympic stadium in the Governorate that is used for football and other sports. The completion ceremony of the project was held on 19 June (Sun) from 9:30 (local time) attended by the following officials and other members involved: Mr. Mohammed Ali Hassan Abbas Al-hasani, Governor of Al-Muthanna; Mr. Muhammad Ziyadi, Chairman of the Council of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna; Mr. Al-Maiyari Ibrahim, Mayor of Samawah; Mr. Abdul-Wahid Khidr, Chairman of the Olympic Committee of the Governorate of Al-Muthanna; Mr. Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Chief of the Liaison Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in Samawah; and Mr. Yoshiro Fukumasu, Deputy Commander of Task Panning and Liaison Unit of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces.

    This assistance, which supports the renovation of the extremely dilapidated stadium, is expected to promote revitalization of football in Iraq and sports exchange between Japan and Iraq; to bring up youth through promotion of sports including football and to contribute to building up the morale of the Iraqi citizens engaged in creating a new state.

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  9. Grant assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic

    Mr. Chiba: Further, grant assistance will be provided for the project for the Rehabilitation of the Water Transmission Tunnels in Damascus City. The Government of Japan decided to provide grant assistance of up to 390 million yen to the Syrian Arab Republic for the project, and notes were exchanged on 19 June between Japanese Ambassador to Syria Hayashi and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Head of the State Planning Commission Abdallah Al-Dardarri of Syria. The tunnels in question are nearly 80 years old, and through this project, it is expected that the leaking of the tunnels will be stopped and water supply will be enhanced in Damascus City.

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  10. Provision of yen loans to the Republic of Tunisia

    Mr. Chiba: The following is yen loans to the Republic of Tunisia.

    The Japanese Government has decided to provide up to 9.94 billion yen to Tunisia, and notes were exchanged on 22 June between Japanese Ambassador to Tunisia Ono and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia in Japan Salah Hannachi in Tokyo. The two projects are the Development Project of Borj Cedria Techno-park and Electrification and Water Supply Project in the Rural Areas by Solar Energy.

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  11. Dispatch of government survey mission to support the Republic of the Sudan

    Mr. Chiba: Now I should like to turn to Africa.

    The Japanese Government will dispatch a government survey mission to support the Republic of the Sudan from 26 June to 1 July. The mission will be headed by Director of the Second Country Assistance Planning Division Naofumi Hashimoto of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Aisawa had announced earlier this year at the Oslo Donors' Conference on Sudan 2005 in April that Japan will provide up to US$100 million and that Japan will dispatch a survey mission at an early date. This is in realization of this pledge. Following the results of the survey mission, Japan will decide on the actual provision of the US$100 million.

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  12. Appointment of a permanent representative of the Government of Japan to the African Union (AU)

    Mr. Chiba: The following concerns the appointment of a permanent representative of the Government of Japan to the African Union (AU).

    At the Cabinet Meeting on 24 June, the Government of Japan decided to appoint Mr. Kenjiro Izumi, Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, as the first permanent representative of the Government of Japan to the AU.

    The AU is an international organization with a membership of 53 countries and region. It was established in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in July 2002 with the objective of achieving greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and peoples of Africa. The importance of the AU as the core of African unity has been increasing rapidly as it has been achieving steady institutional development, including the establishment of the Assembly, Executive Council, Pan-African Parliament, Peace and Security Council, Commission (secretariat), and Economic, Social and Cultural Council, while being active in its operations in such fields as peace and security and economic and social development.

    Taking into account such growing importance of the AU, the Government of Japan considers a closer relationship with the organization as one of the most important parts of its diplomacy vis-à-vis Africa. For Japan to appoint its permanent representative to the AU has a considerable significance not only from the practical aspect of making its relations with the AU yet smoother, but also in what it symbolizes.

    From these perspectives, the Government of Japan has decided to appoint Ambassador Izumi as its permanent representative to the AU, and it is expected that the appointment will further strengthen the relationship between Japan and the AU.

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  13. Grant assistance to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

    Mr. Chiba: As to Ethiopia, Japan has decided to provide up to 517 million yen in the form of grant assistance for the Project for Water Supply in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Notes were exchanged on 20 June between Ambassador Izumi and State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mekonnen Mayazewal in Addis Ababa.

    Through the realization of this project, it is expected that people having access to safe water will increase by 91,000. At the same time, it is expected that burden on labor will be alleviated for women and children leading to employment opportunities and time for schooling.

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  14. Grant assistance to the Republic of Senegal

    Mr. Chiba: Japan has also decided to provide up to 1.08 billion yen in the form of grant assistance to the Project for Water Supply in Rural Areas as well as Project for Improving TV Broadcasting of Radio TV Senegal (RTS). Notes were exchanged on 17 June between Japanese Ambassador to Senegal Nakajima and Minister of Economy and Finance Abdoulaye Diop of Senegal.

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  15. Grant assistance to the Republic of Uganda

    Mr. Chiba: Also, Japan has decided to provide up to 462 million yen in the form of grant assistance for the Project for the Improvement of Traffic Flow in Kampala City, and notes were exchanged yesterday between Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Kikuchi and Minister of Finance and Economic Development Ezra Suruma of Uganda.

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  16. Visit by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Keishiro Fukushima to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Vanuatu

    Mr. Chiba: Now to the Asia-Pacific.

    Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Keishiro Fukushima is visiting the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Vanuatu from 20 to 25 June.

    During his visit, he will ask for the support of these countries for the draft framework resolution for UN Security Council reform and ask them to become co-sponsors of this draft resolution. He will also exchange opinions concerning bilateral relations as well as the Fourth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Summit Meeting to be held in Japan next year.

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  17. Visit by Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa to Mongolia

    Mr. Chiba: Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa is visiting Mongolia from 22 to 25 June. Mr. Tanigawa will attend the inauguration ceremony for Mr. Natsagiin Bagabandi, the new President of Mongolia.

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  18. Japan-People's Republic of China Comprehensive Policy Dialogue

    Mr. Chiba: The Comprehensive Policy Dialogue between Japan and the People's Republic of China is now being held in Tokyo. The meeting is held between Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi and Executive Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Dai Bingguo of China.

    They are exchanging views concerning bilateral, regional and international affairs based on mid- and long-term perspectives to promote mutual understanding. The meeting will be closed door.

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  19. Grant assistance to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    Mr. Chiba: Japan has decided to provide up to 612 million yen in the form of grant assistance for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and notes were exchanged on 21 June between Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Hattori and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Minh Hien of Viet Nam in Hanoi. This project is to support the studies of young Vietnamese officials to obtain a degree at Japanese post-graduate institutions.

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  20. Guests and national/special days of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan (25 June-1 July)

    Mr. Chiba: Finally, our regular announcement on the guests and national days of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan.

    Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Culturla Organization Koichiro Matsuura will visit Japan from 26 June to 3 July to attend the Special Day event on 27 June at the Expo site. Minister of Youth, Sports, Leisure and Tourism Hassan Farah Miguil of the Republic of Djibouti will visit Japan from 26 June for several days to attend the National Day event on 28 June at the Expo site. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Jacqueline Faria Pineda of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela visit Japan from 28 June to 2 July to attend the National Day event on 29 June at the Expo site. Minister of Trade and Industry Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen of the Republic of Ghana will visit Japan from 29 June to 6 July to attend the National Day event on 30 June at the Expo site. Princess Her Royal Highness Lala Salma of the Kingdom of Morocco will visit Japan from 30 June for several days to attend the National Day event on 1 July at the Expo site.

    The Government of Japan is pleased to welcome the dignitaries who will visit Japan as Guests of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, to attend their own national/special days to be held at the Expo site.

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  21. Questions concerning Japan-People's Republic of China Comprehensive Policy Dialogue

    Q: You have just said that the dialogue between Japan and China is closed door. However, it is imaginable that touchy issues such as the Yasukuni Shrine, history recognition and Security Council reform are discussed. Can you disclose anything?

    Mr. Chiba: As I have said, the dialogue is being held to promote mutual understanding. It is understood that there is no prohibition to the matters they touch upon.

    Q: Can you tell me when the dialogue will end today?

    Mr. Chiba: The dialogue is still going on. I have no idea but at any rate it will end by this evening.

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  22. Question concerning Six-Party Talks

    Q: Concerning North Korea, we have seen developments such as aid by the United States of America (US) to North Korea and dialogue between the two Koreas and seemingly there is detente developing. In this context, it is reported that North Korea might come back to the Six-Party Talks by July. What is the Japanese Government's standpoint?

    Mr. Chiba: Japan has repeated its stance that the Six-Party Talks is the best framework for resolving the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and will be in the interest of all parties concerned including North Korea. As to North Korea's attitude, there have been many news reports. At any rate, the Japanese Government has been calling upon the North Korean Government to come back to the table. It is our hope that the North Koreans will come back to negotiations at an early date.

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