Japan-UK Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

November 28, 2011

  1. At 6:20 p.m. on Monday, November 28, Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba had an approximately 15-minute telephone talk with Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, on the latter’s initiative.

  2. The main points covered during the telephone talk are as follows.

    (1) Foreign Secretary Hague described the benefits of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft and requested that Japan consider adopting the Eurofighter Typhoon as its next fighter aircraft. Foreign Minister Gemba responded that the fighter will be selected by the end of the year based on the country’s defence needs and a fair and rigorous process, in accordance with the selection procedures specified in advance.

    (2) The foreign ministers agreed to reschedule the recently postponed visit of the Prime Minister Cameron to Japan and to work to make the visit a success.

    (3) The foreign ministers agreed to further cooperate in order to achieve prosperity and security in the international community.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)