Mr. Katsutoshi Kaneda, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Visit Mexico, Panama and the United States of America

April 28, 2006

  1. From May 2 (Tue) to 8 (Mon), Mr. Katsutoshi Kaneda, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit Mexico, Panama and the United States of America (New Orleans and Nashville).
  2. In Mexico, Mr. Kaneda will attend the second meeting of the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Joint Committee as the chair of the Japanese Government. He will also meet with Mr. Garcia de Alba, Minister of Economy of Mexico, and other senior government officials and will exchange views on the general relations between Japan and Mexico that have progressed in a wide range of fields including the economic relationship between the two countries after Japan-Mexico EPA came into effect.
  3. In Panama, Mr. Kaneda will meet with Lewis Navarro, First Vice President and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Panama, and other important officials and will visit the Panama Canal. Japan ranks as the third place in the world in its use of the Panama Canal and the first place in the use of the System of Flag of Convenience Ship. As plans to expand the Panama Canal was announced the other day, Japan will convey its high interest in the implementation of the plan Canal via a high-level official of the government.
  4. In New Orleans, Mr. Kaneda will exchange views with New Orleans city officials who are making efforts for recovery and reconstruction from Hurricane Katrina, and will visit the stricken areas. In Nashville, his itinerary will include an exchange of views with Japanese companies operating there.
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