Japan-EU Summit Telephone Talks

April 4, 2011

Today (Monday, April 4), from 18:00 for about 20 minutes, Prime Minister Naoto Kan held telephone talks with H.E. Mr. José Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, upon the request of President Barroso. The outline of the talks is as follows.

  1. President Barroso expressed his respect for the way that the government and people of Japan have responded to the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also stated that the European Commission is ready to continue providing support for Japan as needed, and it has complete trust in the Japanese government's handling of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. President Barroso further mentioned that the European Union stands with Japan and intends to cooperate in international discussion to enhance the safety of nuclear power.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Kan voiced his appreciation for the words of sympathy, expression of solidarity, relief supplies and donations from the European Union. He explained the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and in particular, the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. He also stated that Japan will continue to provide information to the international community, including the European Union, with the maximum level of transparency. In addition, Prime Minister Kan also requested the European Union to take a calm and rational approach regarding the import of food products and so forth from Japan.

  3. President Barroso explained that the conclusions of a recent European Council meeting mentioned the potential launch of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Japan. He also stated that he would like to comprehensively strengthen the relations between Japan and the EU in areas including politics, economics and beyond. Prime Minister Kan said that Japan is in the same position.

  4. In conclusion, before ending the phone call, Prime Minister Kan stated that he hopes for the early recovery from the aftermath of the disaster, and he is looking forward to meeting President Barroso on the occasion of the G8 Summit to be held at the end of May.

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