Press Conference 10 March 2006

  1. Visit to the U.S. by Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi
  2. The 22nd Japan-Russia Joint Fishery Committee Meeting
  3. Visit to Japan by Secretary-General Donald James Johnston of the OECD
  4. Japan's submission of a proposal on the methodology for the UN scale of assessments for the next three year term
  5. First meeting of an informal working group on documentation and other procedural questions of the Security Council
  6. FY2005 Japan-EU Regulatory Reform Dialogue Brussels Meeting
  7. Grant aid to People's Democratic Republic of Laos
  8. Non-project grant aid to Tuvalu
  9. Grant aid to the Republic of Armenia
  10. Non-project grant aid to Burkina Faso
  11. Follow-up question concerning Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi's visit to the U.S.
  12. Question concerning base realignment in Okinawa

  1. Visit to the U.S. by Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi

    Assistant Press Secretary Akira Chiba: Thank you very much for coming to today's press conference. I would like to make a couple of announcements before taking questions.

    The first announcement is concerning the visit of Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi to Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Yachi will visit Washington, D.C. from 14 to 18 March. During his stay in Washington, he will exchange views with the related people at the White House and the State Department, etc., concerning bilateral relations as well as matters of mutual concern. He will also hold meetings with the people related to the Congress and with scholars, etc.

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  2. The 22nd Japan-Russia Joint Fishery Committee Meeting

    Mr. Chiba: The second announcement concerns the 22nd Japan-Russia Joint Fishery Committee Meeting.

    The 22nd Japan-Russia Joint Fishery Committee Meeting, based on the Agreement on Cooperation in Fishery between Japan and the Soviet Union, will be held from 13 to 23 March in Tokyo. This meeting is also called the Japan-Russia Consultations on anadromous stocks.

    The meeting will be attended on the Japanese side by Councilor Yoshimi Suenaga from the Resources Management Department of the Fisheries Agency, who will head the group as representative of the Government of Japan, and officials in charge from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fisheries Agency, Hokkaido Government, and other organizations concerned; and on the Russian side by Deputy Director-General Anas Kashfeevich Nurutdinov of the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the officials concerned of the Federal Fisheries authorities, the Federal Border Service of Federal Security Service and others.

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  3. Visit to Japan by Secretary-General Donald James Johnston of the OECD

    Mr. Chiba: The third announcement concerns the visit of the Secretary-General Donald. J. Johnston of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Mr. Johnston will visit Japan from 12 to 16 March.

    During his stay, Mr. Johnston will attend related meetings concerning the Committee on Fiscal Affairs, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. He will also hold meetings with relevant cabinet ministers and other government dignitaries.

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  4. Japan's submission of a proposal on the methodology for the UN scale of assessments for the next three year term

    Mr. Chiba: The fourth announcement concerns Japan's submission of Japan's proposal on the methodology for the United Nations (UN) scale of assessments for the next three year term.

    On 10 March, Japan submitted to the 5th Committee of the UN General Assembly (in charge of administrative and budgetary matters) its proposal on the methodology for the UN scale of assessments for the next three year term (2007-2009).

    In the review process of the methodology for the UN scale of assessments to be concluded by the end of this year, the Government of Japan intends to continue proactive participation in the negotiation on the scale to make it more equitable and fair, by reflecting the actual economic situation of a UN Member State and duly taking into account its status and responsibilities within the UN.

    Japan's proposal on the methodology is expected to be forwarded, together with other possible proposals to be submitted, to the UN Committee on Contributions to be held in June this year. The results of the application of these proposals prepared by the Committee are to be reported to the 5th Committee of the UN General Assembly.

    Referring to the report of the Committee on Contributions, the 5th Committee will determine the scale of assessments for the next three year term (2007-2009) in the period from this autumn to the end of this year.

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  5. First meeting of an informal working group on documentation and other procedural questions of the Security Council

    Mr. Chiba: The fifth announcement concerns the first meeting on the informal working group on documentation and other procedural questions of the Security Council and contributions to the United Nations Security Council related trust fund since Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United States, became chair of the group.

    The release was given out in English and Japanese. The gist is that Ambassador to the United Nations Kenzo Oshima is going chair the working group on documentations and other procedural questions of the Security Council and accordingly Japan is going to fund the United Nations for necessary matters concerning the work done by the committee.

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  6. FY2005 Japan-EU Regulatory Reform Dialogue Brussels Meeting

    Mr. Chiba: Another multinational undertaking is the FY2005 Japan and European Union (EU) Regulatory Reform Dialogue Brussels Meeting.

    The FY2005 Japan-EU Regulatory Reform Dialogue Brussels Meeting will be held on 20 and 21 March in Brussels.

    The Meeting will be co-chaired by Director General Kaoru Ishikawa, of the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, who leads the Japanese delegation consisting of officials from the ministries and agencies concerned, and on the EU side, by Deputy Director General Karel Kovanda of the External Relations-Directorate General of the European Commission.

    The meeting will discuss regulations in the EU and Japan with a view to improving the business environment, including investment promotion, so that Japan and the EU will enjoy steady economic ties.

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  7. Grant aid to People's Democratic Republic of Laos

    Mr. Chiba: Now the regular announcements concerning Japan's official development assistance (ODA) to the rest of the world.

    In Asia, Japan will extend 1.1 billion yen, approximately US$9.4 million, for a sector program grant aid to the People's Democratic Republic of Laos and a signing ceremony was held on 10 March between Ambassador Makoto Katsura of Japan to Laos and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H. E. Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad of Laos.

    It is expected that the implementation of this grant aid will assist efforts in Laos's economic structural reform which includes efforts to alleviate poverty.

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  8. Non-project grant aid to Tuvalu

    Mr. Chiba: In the Pacific, the Japanese Government has decided to extend 100 million yen, approximately US$855,000, for a non-project type grant aid to Tuvalu. The signing ceremony was held in Suva, the capital of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, between Ambassador Masashi Namekawa to Tuvalu, who is based in Fiji and Prime Minister H. H. Maatia Toafa of Tuvalu.

    This grant aid will be used for the implementation of structural reform in Tuvalu.

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  9. Grant aid to the Republic of Armenia

    Mr. Chiba: Another grant aid goes to the Republic of Armenia.

    The Government of Japan decided to extend grant aid of 110 million yen, approximately US$940,000, for poverty alleviation in Armenia. The signing ceremony was held on 9 March in Eerevan, the capital of Armenia, between Councilor Shigehiro Mimori of the Embassy of Japan for Armenia and Minister of Agriculture Davit Lokyan of the Republic of Armenia.

    It is expected that this grant aid will contribute to agricultural development by increasing food production.

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  10. Non-project grant aid to Burkina Faso

    Mr. Chiba: The final announcement concerns another non-project type grant aid to Burkina Faso. The Japanese Government decided to provide 6 million yen, approximately US$5.1 million. The signing ceremony was held on 9 March in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, between Ambassador Tetsuro Shioguchi to Burkina Faso, who is based in the Ivory Coast, and Ambassador H.E Mr. Emile Ilboudo of Burkina Faso to the Republic of the Ivory Coast.

    This grant aid will be used for the implementation of structural reform, including poverty alleviation, in Burkina Faso.

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  11. Follow-up question concerning Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shotaro Yachi's visit to the U.S.

    Q: Regarding Mr. Yachi's visit, I understand that it is not announced who he is going to see and the purpose for his visit. Is it safe to assume that he will talk about issues such as Iraq, Iran and such things?

    Mr. Chiba: Well the assumption is your own and I am not ready to make concrete announcements. But obviously his counterparts are waiting for him in Washington, D.C. and the issues that you have mentioned are included in the matters of mutual concern.

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  12. Question concerning base realignment in Okinawa

    Q: Another issue of mutual concern is the realignment issue. I understand that a minister from the Foreign Ministry met the Governor of Okinawa. Do you happen to know what they talked about?

    Mr. Chiba: I have no concrete information about what took place at that meeting.


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