(* This is a provisional translation by a translation service company for reference purpose only. The original text is in Japanese.)

Press Conference by Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura

Date: Friday, October 21, 2005, 9:16 a.m.
Place: In front of the Ministers' Room in the House

Main topics:


1. The Fourth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting

Minister:
There was no special matter related to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Meeting. We have determined that the Fourth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Summit Meeting (PALM 2006) be held in Okinawa on May 26 and 27 of 2006, to be co-chaired by Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi and The R.H on Sir Michael Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea who is the next PIF Chairperson. This Meeting was held several times and is a good opportunity to discuss environmental issues and development issues. The reason why we determined it at this time is because the Post-Forum Dialogue Partners Meeting of the PIF will be held in Papua New Guinea next week, on 28 and 29 October 2005. The issues regarding PALM 2006 will be discussed in the Meeting. Therefore, we determined the venue of the PALM one week before the Meeting. Ambassador Arima, Special Envoy of the Government will represent Japan at the Meeting.

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2. Realignment of U.S. Forces

Question:
Regarding the realignment of U.S. Forces, we believe you are working to finalize the interim report within this month. Please let us know the current status and the future schedule.

Minister:
The current status does not change on a daily basis. The talks at the Deputy Director-General level will be held in the first half of next week. We are working toward finalizing the interim report within this month.

Question:
Both Japan and the U.S. held a joint survey. It is said that the U.S. side is saying they can not accept the "Shore Plan" which the Government of Japan proposed. Is there any truth to it?

Minister:
I will not comment on it.

Question:
Do you have any plans to have discussions with the Director General of the Defense Agency or others?

Minister:
I will meet them if needed. I have always met them as needed.

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3. Cabinet's Important Issues in the Future

Question:
Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui made a speech in the United States during his trip to the US stating that "Taiwan should attain independence. The name of nation should also be changed from Republic of China to Taiwan." The US spokesman has objected to his speech. How do you feel?

Minister:
I do not know his speech in detail, but I heard that Mr. Lee Teng-hui made such speech. Japan's policy is consistent that Japan does not support Taiwan's independence. I have no idea in what context Mr. Lee Teng-hui stated it. If he said so, the Government of Japan does not support it as stated before.

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4. Questions from Diet member Muneo Suzuki

Question:
Diet member Muneo Suzuki has submitted memoranda on questions in a row to the Foreign Ministry. How do you feel?

Minister:
A lot of memoranda on questions from many Diet members are referred in every Cabinet Meeting, not just from him. Many memoranda on questions from many Diet members are also submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We just answer the fact to each question as usual.


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