(* 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 Masahiko Koumura

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
Place: Entrance hall, 3F Prime Minister's Office

Main topics:

  1. Symposium "Building Peace - Japan and UN"
  2. Visit to Japan by the President-Elect of the Republic of Korea
  3. Outreach at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
  4. Decrease in Global Stock Markets
  5. Cabinet Meeting

1. Symposium "Building Peace - Japan and UN"

Minister:
A symposium will be held under the theme "Building Peace - Japan and UN" on 24 January and I am going to deliver a policy speech on the issue of peacebuilding. Currently Japan serves as the chair of the United Nations Peace Building Commission (PBC). In addition, Hiroshima University has begun a program to train personnel in peacebuilding. Indeed, in his policy speech to the Diet last week, the prime minister mentioned Japan as a "Peace Fostering Nation," and when I address the symposium, I would like to speak in the context of how Japan further demonstrates its leadership in the area of peacebuilding in these and other ways.

Related Information (UN PKO and Other International Peace Cooperation)

2. Visit to Japan by the President-Elect of the Republic of Korea

Question:
My question is about the visit of leaders foreign countries to Japan. There have been media reports that the president-elect of the Republic of Korea (ROK) intends to visit Japan some time in March or April. Can you confirm that?

Minister:
There have been various reports coming out for a while now but as far as I have heard, nothing definitive has been decided.

Related Information (Japan-ROK Relations)

3. Outreach at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

Question:
There are media reports to the effect that the prime minister of India and the prime minister of China will be invited to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, so that talks can be held on the environment. Do you have any comment on that?

Minister:
At every summit, several nations are invited as part of an outreach. I know that in recent year, on several occasions, China and India have been invited, but at this point in time, no official decision has been taken on which countries are to be invited to the next G8 Summit as outreach countries.

Question:
In addition to China and India, are you also giving consideration to two or three other countries?

Minister:
You said "in addition" but I believe I just informed you that no official decision has been taken regarding China or India. It is a fact that a certain five nations have been invited repeatedly to the past few summits. However, there is a possibility that other nations may be invited beyond that, and a decision has yet to be taken to definitively invite those five nations. Such decisions will be made in the future.

Related Information (G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit)

4. Decrease in Global Stock Markets

(See Japanese version.)

5. Cabinet Meeting

(See Japanese version.)


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