(* 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 25, 2005, 9:18 a.m.
Place: In front of the Room of the Ministers in the House

Main topics:


1. Cabinet Meeting

Minister:
Good morning. During the Cabinet Meeting today, I reported the completion of Japan's ODA White Paper. Please note that this year's ODA White Paper is written with the toms on the Millennium Development Goals.

Question:
You stayed in the room for a while after the Cabinet Meeting. Did you have a discussion with the Prime Minister?

Minister:
No, I didn't.

2. Realignment of U.S. Forces

Question:
Regarding the talks on the realignment of U.S. Forces, it seems that an agreement was not reached last night. What is the current situation?

Minister:
We are engaging in the final talks.

Question:
It seems the United States is compromising to reach an agreement with Japan.

Minister:
I will not comment on the status of consultations. We are engaging in the final talks in anticipation to reach an agreement by today.

Question:
If the interim report is to be finalized within this month, when is the time limit?

Minister:
The basic policy (that the interim be finalized within this month) has not changed.

Question:
If so, is the time limit today?

Minister:
I would say so.

Question:
How about the prospect of talks at the Deputy Director-General level? How about the prospect of today's last-minute talks?

Minister:
We are always working on it with the intention to reach an agreement.

Related Information (Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC))

3. Talks between Japan and North Korea

Question:
Regarding talks between Japan and North Korea, you are working on the final details of schedule. What are the prospects?

Minister:
We are doing many things.

Question:
Does North Korea's side propose the holding of talks in Beijing at the beginning of next month?

Minister:
I do not comment on it.

Related Information (Japan-North Korea Relations)


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