Overview of the Japan-Chile Foreign Ministers' Meeting
June 29, 2011
On June 29 (Wed.), Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, during his stay in Asunción, Paraguay to attend the Mercosur Summit Meeting, held a meeting with Mr. Alfredo Moreno Charme, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile for approximately 30 minutes from 3:15 PM (local time). The meeting was attended by Mr. Chiaki Takahashi, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Japan. A summary of the meeting follows:
1. Great East Japan Earthquake
- (1) Minister Moreno reiterated the fact that Japan and Chile enjoy a reciprocal relationship which allows both to feel close to the other side in the event of a large-scale disaster, since both countries have to cope with earthquakes as a common challenge. Recalling also that Chile has experienced three major earthquakes since 1960, Minister Moreno expressed his gratitude to the Japanese assistance that Chile has received to tackle earthquake related challenges. Minister Moreno said that he was carefully monitoring the situation following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- (2) In response, Minister Matsumoto expressed his appreciation for Chilean support since the earthquake and his hope that the two countries would work together to address the common challenge of quake proneness. He said that Japan was making its utmost efforts to bring the nuclear power plant accident under control and that investigations related to the accident were already being made. Minister Matsumoto added that Japan would continue to provide necessary information.
2. Import Restrictions
- (1) Minister Matsumoto asked Minister Moreno to alleviate the broad restrictions that the Chilean Government has imposed, requesting a radiation test certificate for all food imports from Japan. He stressed Japan's commitment to securing food safety with safety standards that reflect international standards and to providing information in a timely manner.
- (2) In response, Minister Moreno said he would refer the matter to the relevant regulatory authorities.
- (1) Minister Matsumoto expressed his gratitude for the relevant information that Chile has provided to Japan on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and for its continued support on this matter. He stated that strengthening economic ties with TPP members was relevant to the future of Japan.
- (2) In response, Minister Moreno expressed his hope that Japan would join the TPP. He stated that what Japan should do after the Earthquake is to drive economic development with free trade, adding that, Chile had also needed free trade for its development.
(At the end of the meeting, State Secretary Takahashi told Minister Moreno that in Washington he had met the last person to be rescued from the collapsed mine in Chile.)
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