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

Press Conference by Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 9:35 a.m.
Place: In front of the Cabinet Meeting Room in the House

Main topics:

  1. Domestic Politics
  2. Japan-China/Japan-ROK relations
  3. Six-Party Talks

1. Domestic Politics

(See Japanese version)

2. Japan-China/Japan-ROK relations

Question:
It has become clear that Prime Minister Abe sent an offering to Yasukuni Shrine for the purchase of a Sakaki plant for the shrine's annual spring festival. How do you think this will affect the currently improving Japan-China and Japan-ROK relations for the future?

Minister:
I do not believe it has much to do with it.

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3. Six-Party Talks

Question:
In regards to the North Korean issue, you have spoken optimistically, forecasting that you would not be surprised if the Six-Party Talks were to resume this week. What specifically is this forecast based on?

Minister:
I should refrain from further elaborating that point. If I speak about it, North Korea may change their stance again, so, I will not explain the details. My position is unchanged--I remember stating around two weeks ago that I would not be surprised if the Talks were to resume within three days or if they were not to resume for a while. I have nothing further to explain regarding the details behind the issue.

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