Meeting and Dinner between Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. José Ángel Gurría Treviño, Secretary-General of the OECD (Outline)
April 23, 2012
On Monday, April 23, from 6:45 p.m. for about two hours, Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba had a meeting and dinner at Iikura Guest House with Mr. José Ángel Gurría Treviño, Secretary-General of the OECD, who was visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting and dinner is as follows.
- Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, etc.
(1) At the start of the meeting, Minister Gemba made remarks on the following points.(a) He expressed gratitude for the comforting messages sent by Secretary-General Gurría when he visited Japan in April 2011 on the recovery and reconstruction from the earthquake and the recovery of the Japanese economy.(2) In response, Secretary-General Gurría made remarks on the following points.
(b) He said he wanted to commend the cooperation extended by the OECD to Japan in the fields of nuclear safety, disaster prevention, risk management and education.(a) He expressed respect and admiration for the actions of the Japanese toward reconstruction since his visit to Japan directly after the disaster one year ago. He also said that the OECD wanted to continue to cooperate with Japan for reconstruction.
(b) He said that the OECD possessed expertise in a wide range of fields, and that it hoped to continue to actively provide analysis and recommendations for Japan moving forward.
- The OECD Ministerial Council Meeting
(1) Secretary-General Gurría made remarks on the following points.(a) He noted that there are plans to hold the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in May, with debate centering on development, skills/employment, and gender. He also noted that he would like to discuss the new approaches to economic challenges at the Meeting.(2) In response to the above points, Minister Gemba stated that Japan wanted to actively participate in debate at the meeting, that Japan placed emphasis on development strategy in particular, and that it was important to utilize in other regions the growth experience of Asia, which has utilized the great dynamism of its private sector.
(b) He said that he hoped he could expect a proactive contribution from Japan at the Meeting this year.
- Increasing the number of Japanese personnel at the OECD
(1) Minister Gemba stated that the number of Japanese personnel at the OECD had been still small for some time, and that he wanted to request again the cooperation of Secretary-General Gurría in hiring more Japanese citizens.
(2) In response, Secretary-General Gurría said that he anticipated contributions to the OECD and that he wanted to promote initiatives to increase the number of Japanese personnel.
- In the dinner that followed the meeting, the two interacted with many eminent figures (Mr. Yorihiko Kojima [Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation], Mr. Kousuke Motani [Chief Senior Economist, The Japan Research Institute], and Ms. Kaori Sasaki [President & CEO, ewoman, Inc.]) and had a lively exchange of opinions on a wide-range of topics such as international situations, including in emerging economies, and the economic situation/policies of Japan.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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